∞ Crack this walnutSubmitted by InnerG on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 18:11
So it recently came to my attention that in San Francisco it is illegal to smoke in your car if you have someone under the age of 18 occupying the vehicle with you. Sadly this did not come to much of a surprise to me.
I was told by the person who brought this local law up that it makes sense if you think about it. In discussing it with someone else, I was also told that this is a good thing because the health of the child was at stake and second hand smoke is unhealthy and can even possibly kill. The bottom unwavering line, I was told, is that the government should be able to intervene into family when an adolescents well being is involved and this child in such a circumstance is forced to live through an adults bad decision.
I tried to draw a picture and show the slippery slope they were on by allowing government intervention with good intentions & I tried to reason and state how you can not legislate morals into society. I also mentioned property rights and how obviously your automobile is not your property but none of these arguments had any effect since it was the "safety and well being" of the child that was already predetermined unhealthy here.
I want to crack this walnut
So here I am... curious. What approach of argument would you fellow DP'ers use to broaden the vista views of my fellow friend?
Thank you for your time and any energy you may use