Reader Question: Claymores to the Left… ?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Freak asks: Just wondering if you had seen this article (about apparently defective side-impact air bags)  and if you had any thoughts?

My reply: More like astonishment – and anger.

Air bags – not just the defective ones – are known to be and have been shown to be not just potentially dangerous but actually dangerous. Yet the government forces us to expose ourselves – and our families – to them.

I don’t give a flip about the “lives saved” argument because it’s incontestable that air bags have also taken lives and it is therefore not merely outrageous but actually evil – in my view – to force people to accept the risk.

The degree of risk is not relevant to the question because we are talking about our lives.

The effrontery of people who believe they have the moral right to countermand other people’s right to decide for themselves how much risk is appropriate – and to force them to accept a known and potentially lethal risk –  is almost beyond the power of mere words to articulate.

None of this has anything to do with saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety. If it did, the government would at least allow (incredible, more effrontery) people with the Takata bags to disable them until they can be removed and replaced. It has forbidden this – forcing hundreds of thousands of people to drive around in cars equipped with a known defect that could kill them.

Let it sink in.

No government fatwa requiring people to immediately bring their car into have these known defective bags turned off.

Meanwhile, VW diesels with angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin higher emissions on a government test, which were never shown to have given a single person even a case of the sniffles, were fatwa’d off the roads.

Ask yourself why. The answer is interesting to consider… .

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