Originally Posted by Snowolf
Fair point but Fascism is an established form of government and is an apt term for where we are headed and helmet laws are just a tiny part of it. Because of the connotations associated with it, I will refrain from calling it Nazism.
As for laws requiring lids on kids, I am of the opinion that all things like this should be left up to the parents and the resorts. The government is not our nanny and I am a firm supporter of the concept of a limited government. While being very much a liberal, I am also very libertarian too when it comes to people's freedom and believe there is far too much government intrusion already.
Now, if the resort wants to enact helmet policies, I have no problem with that. As a private entity, they have that right and no one is forcing me to ride at that or any resort. The reason most resorts (at least out west) don't is because they look at statistics and there just isn't a big enough problem for them to waste the time and money to enact and enforce helmet laws. They stand to loose more money from this. Western states already have laws that strongly protect resorts from liability so even the insurance companies really don't care about this issue.
This truly is a media driven frenzy fueled by doo gooders and control freaks who just have to have some cause in their lives to campaign for and to just control others.
I can definitely see where you're coming from. I'm of the opinion that almost everything should be about personal choice - abortion, gay marriage, firearms ownership, even seatbelts.
I am certainly not someone who is a proponent of government control in any form.. I'm currently on probation for something that many of us partake in and something that is proven over and over to do more good than harm. I HATE people who need self validation through controlling others. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm of the same opinion as you are on almost all fronts.. I just don't see an issue in making kids wear helmets - I equate it to school uniforms. If everyone has to wear one, it removes the "uncool" stigma attached to it because it isn't a choice and there's no longer a competition to look cool or compare yourself to your friend next to you. I would say I agree it should be up to the parents, but I don't know how many parents are truly informed on the risks and dangers associated with snow sports in general.
Meh. I'm bored of this topic now lol.
Also, FWIW a helmet is a bitchin place for stickers when you have a top sheet as pretty as mine !