It's definitely a choice and I'm cool with it being a choice while it remains un-regulated.
One day, however, it may become regulated. The health insurance companies might say "enough is enough," and lobby Congress and state legislatures and push to get mandatory helmet laws passed in the states that have ski resorts. And if that day comes, it's not a loss of "freedom" or "control" by the government. A loss of freedom would be if the government kidnapped you, transported you to a prison camp and made you break bricks 20 hours a day, subsisting on food and rice mush. See, e.g., North Korea.
I think people get a bit melodramatic when it comes to the erosion of our "freedoms." Freedom doesn't mean the ability to do anything you want, damn all the consequences to yourself and to others. Freedom is about doing what makes you happy, but while also being responsible to yourself and to others.
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