Punx0r wrote: If some drunk clown killed your kid outside the school doing 80mph I doubt you'd be concerned about his "right" not to register his car?
Help me understand how a slip of paper in his glove box or some stamped sheet metal on the back of the car being present or not has any effect on someone hitting my kid with his car?
What you need to realize, is drops of ink arranged on paper in configurations pleasing to the fear-based folks has no effect on human actions. Every human action is the choice of the human performing the action, and nothing more or less.
Likewise, if someone is choosing to perform behavior that hurts other folks, no amount of permits and tags and bits of stamped sheet metal has any effect on the harms done.
Punx0r wrote:I am a strong advocate of individual freedom and responsibility, but there must be limits. I love guns, but I wouldn't like to see them on open, unrestricted sale to any idiot.
The way it is now, any idiot can buy any gun they like, even full auto stuff, and its sold with no waiting period or registration etc. You can be deranged on PCP and buy full auto weapons with the current system. This is because once again, no configuration of dots of ink on paper in a law book has any effect on the actions of humans, which are always determined by the choices that human makes.
What do those droplets of ink arranged cause? They cause folks who agree to try to live by those guidelines (NOBODY lives without breaking "laws" and hundreds to thousands a year, the average American commits enough crimes to be imprisoned for life every year, but of course it doesn't matter because laws obviously aren't real things, they are just imaginary human constructs that sometimes people try to enforce if they happen to be in the right place at the right time with the proper means) to not be able to purchase various types of weapons, and to be required to wait 2 weeks or whatever before buying, and have to register them etc etc. The folks who aren't the problem in the first place get restricted options and need to register etc, yet the folks who are willing to buy on the expansive black market will of course always be unrestricted.
It's kinda like drug laws. Boy that works! Arrange some dots of ink in a book, and poof! Drugs vanished from existence. Or... maybe they just get to be of more sketchy quality and more hazard causing, and available to anyone at any age with cash... Also creates and support a massive organized crime blackmarket... You don't see a carrot and potato black market, you wouldn't see a drug black market either if the harm causing law vanished. (what happened to the alcohol black market when they made it legal?)
Punx0r wrote:It's a little OT, but how is an ebike more eco-friendly than walking or using a pedal cycle? Leaving aside the manufacturing energy and emissions, one runs from a coal-fired power plant, the others are powered by food I can forage in the wild.
Justin of ebikes.ca did an awesome research paper on this very topic. Walking consumes drastically more energy per mile than riding a pedal bike, and a human body pumping pedals consumes radically more energy in sourcing that energy from food than an electric bike recharging from an outlet. Depending on diet and types of food etc, well over an order of magnitude. Obviously there are exceptions, if you only ate foods you foraged for in the wild for your energy, and the electricity came from a dirty source, you could have lower impact as a human pedaling than an ebike, but average to average (what his paper covers), the human pedaling was a drastically greater polluter than the human plugging in an ebike and riding. Either way, the energy used is so low, and environmental impact vs other transportation options is so low with either choice, pedal or ebike, the difference is like an error bar margin difference compared to anytime you get someone out of a car/truck/suv and onto a bicycle. (you could say on foot as well, but it's just more wasted energy and drastically less utilarian function, as most folks aren't going to walk 15miles to work and back daily etc).
Bottom line, do the right thing. (very seldom does this involve following many of the laws man creates)