Laws!! Do you think there are too many laws these days restricting our freedom?

@jan135 (537)
Australia
March 12, 2007 4:28am CST
When I say laws I mean, has the government taken away some of our freedom by enforcing certain laws. It seems we are governed by laws these days for instance, you cannot smoke in certain area's any more, in public or privately or try to ban a certain dog breed because it's a so called menace. What do you think? do you think certain laws take away some of our freedom? What other laws can you think of that take away our so called freedom?
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I think most laws may seem like they take away our freedom but in actually they do serve a purpose. I'm a smoker and I was upset about the new laws. If a business owner chooses to have their place of business designated as a place that permits smoking than it should be allowed. However, the law says no. My biggest issues with laws is when the law seems to favor the select FEW. I'm sure you can think of a few. Last year a fgraduation for a local HS was held in a church because it had more seating. A few days before graduation, an atheist was able to have the statue of GOD covered during the graduation ceremony because by law, she was entitled to her freedom of religion. My question what happened to the rights of the other 500 + students who do believe in GOD?
@Destiny007 (5819)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Yes, there are way too many laws that restrict our freedom, and this is only the beginning. The non-smokers are fine with the laws restricting smoking, because it is said to be dangerous. Now they seem to be focusing on transfat in food, and have even been looking at so-called junk food. They are taking a little bit at a time and before long there will be a law against nearly everything. How many laws need to be passed before we lose all our freedom? At what point do we go from being a democracy to a dictatorship where every movement and action is monitored, and everything not deemed to be for the common good becomes illegal? At what point do the insurance companies and the statisticians start writing our laws, and at what point do we lose our freedom to Big Brother? Any country that considers itself to be free is at risk, because this is a world wide problem. It isn't just America, or Australia, or the UK. This is happening all over, and it's happening everywhere at the same time. So who is pulling the strings? What entity is causing this universal loss of freedom? Something is behind it, because that is the only way it could be happening the way that it is.
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@Darkwing (21586)
13 Mar 07
Yes, I do think the government enforces too many laws taking away our freedom. Smoking in certain places is a prime example, but we also have closed circuit tv cameras dotted around the place, not only in shops and garages, but now in open, public places. Ok, it helps the police to find culprits and prove that they are the wrongdoers, but it does restrict decent people's privacy, which I think is all wrong. They've been talking about ID cards here for quite a while too, which I also don't agree with. Brightest Blessings.
• Austria
13 Mar 07
seems that smokers are upset the most about all these laws that tell them they cannot inflict their habit on others. I just saw an article in the paper here and the headline read "Smoking is bodily harm" It is proven that it is deadly, is says so on each and every pack and besides that, as A non smoker I really hate coming home from a concert or dinner out and I have to leave my clothes on the porch because they stink so bad. My hair stinks and my sheets end up stinking too. Smokers affect every non-smoker in a negative way. Second hand smoke kills. Go ahead and smoke if you must but why don't you be considerate of non-smokers for a change instead of expecting it to be the other way. second it seems that the U.S. is the only one always talking about their endangered freedom. Nobody even mentions freedom here in Europe. When a large group of people lives together there have to be rules, otherwise we have mayhem. Instead of thinking about how your freedom is restricted how about being grateful you live in the US instead of Africa or Asia or the middle east. You have it pretty darn good.
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@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
that's what i have noticed in the u.s . too many laws that somehow feels like you do not have freedom anymore to the point that you are now being dictated. sorry , if i may, there a lot of st_p_d laws that are so incredibly rediculous.i may agree on the smoking ban. it somehow helps us smokers to lessen our use.you are in the land of the free, free to make a lot of rules to restrict you more and more.here in asia, we do have a lot of laws but it is not being implemented well. but still there are leeways depending on our human condition.
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@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
12 Mar 07
It is beginning to become the first steps of like one of those movies. They make it so that nothing bad for you is around and that you are monitored and fed what it is your check up has dictated you can eat. You work where they say and sleep when they say and you can only have a relationship with the perfect tested match for you. Freedom is prescious and it is slowly being taken away. I think that if I can I will live in the waste land.
@Naomi17 (624)
13 Mar 07
In the UK the goverment don't appear to be listening to what the people want i used to be proud to be british but not anymore. The human rights law means criminals get away with doing bad things while innocent people suffer.i can't go out at night because the streets, are unsafe it feels like big brother is controlling us in everything we do. Life used to be good you felt you had so many opportunities i see cut backs because of over spending by the greedy goverment lining there pockets, stupid laws which can't be inforced and instead of being free we are being taxed more than we can afford so living standards drop. smoking is just the latest goverment plan to contol us it could have een done so much better half the pubs and clubs no smoking half smoking now everyone will be puffing away in the streets lol The hospitals may kill us before the smoking does you couldn't make it up really i know instead of progress we have become prisoners to the goverment.
• Australia
14 Mar 07
Yes strange how we the "normal" people have all these reservations, yet the criminals just do whatever they want with very little accountability, makes one wonder if the polys are feathering their nests for if and when they are made accountable for their inaction!
@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I suppose you could say that the government is taking away freedom from smokers, but they are also contributing to the health of non-smokers, so it's hard to say. Certainly some laws are overdone and you could probably read every law that was ever enacted and die before you get to the end of the pile!
• India
13 Mar 07
YES, what you said is correct.
@Ziezie (42)
• Philippines
13 Mar 07
For me, there is no such thing as too many laws. Laws are there for us to have a better life. Certain laws do take away some of our freedom but remember that these alws help improve our lives better. For me, there are stupid laws but then the people who pass these laws thinks that these maybe for the better, then so be it. If you think the laws in your place is taking away your freedom then I suggest you move to another place where you prefer the laws better.
@The_Eagle_1 (1122)
• Australia
13 Mar 07
It would appear that the laws are there to protect us, strange how the laws work overtime for people who have committed crimes and makes infornation/privacy of their crimes a lot more confidential than "normal" peoples information/privacy??
@harwoodkp (285)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Laws are created because we were hurt by something or somebody. If we want less laws, we need to realize that we would have more freedom, but we might have more bruises from life.
@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
12 Mar 07
Well in regards to our laws I do believe that the government has to enforce more laws as people have for too long been getting away with far too much especially in my country Australia, and that is the reason why they are changing the laws here. You can smoke in private places, such as your home but they have to put a stop to this as it was affecting other people health., in regards to the dog breads they are not banning this due to the dog being a meance but for savagely attacking people.
@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
12 Mar 07
Yes It seems that way. Espically in the United States.. It is suppose to be the land of the free and free speech but not anymore.
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I think there is probably not enough laws actually as people are probably getting away with things that are not illegal yet. Or they should revise some of the laws that we have that may be a little vague and need broadening. I definitely like the no smoking law inside public buildings so that the nonsmokers are not subjected to the smoke. I think that was one of the better laws. I would probably disagree with the dog breed law. There are probably some laws that take away from our freedom though I can not think of any right now.