May 29, 2023

You Can’t Legislate Away Stupidity

I feel like I’ve said this over 1000 times, but you can’t legislate common sense. You also can’t make laws that prevent people from being stupid – but that’s exactly what Senator Carl Kruger is trying to do.

After a 23 year old man was killed last month crossing the street with his iPod, Senator Kruger is proposing a ban on crossing the street while using a cell phone or iPod.

Hopefully, the rest of New York will see how utterly stupid this bill is and tell Senator Kruger that he’s an idiot. (note to Senator Kruger: you’re an idiot)

Some people are going to be dumb and do things like cross a street when the sign says don’t walk. It’s not Apple’s fault, it’s not Cingular’s fault, and it probably had nothing to do with the fact they were listening to an iPod. You don’t need to be able to hear to see a blinking orange sign in front of you.

You just can’t stop people from being dumb, no matter what laws you make. What’s next? Banning deaf people from crossing streets as well?

Move Over, Robocop!

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  1. It’s not just even common sense, it’s putting the blame in the wrong place, like telling women they wouldn’t be raped if they only covered themselves more. If the walkers had the right-of-way, it was the drivers who caused the deaths.

  2. “Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry,” Kruger told Reuters. “This electronic gadgetry is reaching the point where it’s becoming not only endemic, but it’s creating an atmosphere where we have a major public safety crisis at hand.”

    What a jackass, ‘Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry’.
    How about smoking, which affects and kills FAR MORE people you moron. He somehow got voted into office; next election he needs to be voted OUT!


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