Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dave asks: How many ways can a car seat kill a child? Hot car deaths, strangulations and now positional asphyxia. Are there additional safety related deaths (SRD)?
My reply: But if it saves even one life!
That’s the reply usually uluated by the saaaaaaaaaaaaafety at gunpoint crowd. I add the “at gunpoint” part because it’s literally true. Fail to “buckle up” for saaaaaaafety and an armed man will threaten you with murderous violence.
There is no question that kid seats can save lives; it is equally true that they can take them. The question as I see it is – who gets to make the decision? The government of course asserts its authority to make the decision – but what gives government the right to do so?
It is not acting in self-defense. So it is asserting authority on the basis of ownership. Declaring that we must wear a seat belt is a declaration by the government that we are its property, over which it is exercising control. Ownership of something being defined as having legal power to control it. The government also asserts ownership over what we incorrectly refer to as “our” children. But if the government has legally enforceable authority to decree that we may not decline to put “our” children in a saaaaaaaafety seat – no matter that doing so entails risks as real as the supposed benefits – then the government owns “our” kids as much as it owns us.
And the halting thing about all of this – once you stop to really think about it – is that “government” isn’t a sort of Super Daddy or Oz that possesses authority (and ownership) by dint of being a higher-order of being. It is just word-play for other people; for nothing-special people, usually, who have simply got their paws on power – which is the source of their authority.
Which means they are no different, morally speaking, than slavers – with the key exception being they’re dishonest to the point of delusional in that they deny the brute force behind everything they couch in soft-sounding euphemisms.
Every one of them deserves a boot in the behind and a stern warning to keep their noses out of other people’s business and their guns away from other people’s backsides.
Our “safety” is no one else’s business. Even if we’re doing something actually unsafe – so long as the doing of it doesn’t cause anyone else any harm.
But this live-and-let stuff doesn’t sell anymore. Americans have become a nest of busybodies who won’t leave others alone and then get upset when others won’t leave them alone!
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