In what context? The majority of laws are there for our safety. I think they can get out of hand though. If you put it into perspective, we're all individuals living our own lives and this idea of community, citizenship and having a government is created by us. So why should you be told what to do by someone who doesn't, and probably never will know you? For the benefit of the country. Every action we take affects others in some way or another - in this way, one person's paradise is another's hell. So we can never have freedom from rules and laws, and if an action can be regulated then it will be. Things like smoking - you might think "it's my body and I'll give it cancer if I want to so they should scrap the age barrier" but smoking affects others around you and in the UK it costs £billions every year, treating smoker's coughs, cancer etc. And having the age of consent - "it's just sex, I'll do it if I want" but just one act of sexual contact can pass disease that has to be treated by doctors, conceive one child (or more) which will probably have to be brought up with government help (considering the age) and which will halt your education so you won't get qualifications and will continue to be a drain on government resources. So I think that where sometimes laws can be unnecessary, pretty much every single one will be there for the safety of yourself and for others. So I say yes. This is longer then I expected :L sorrehh :)
It's difficult to draw the line between necessary and excessive amounts of government, sometimes. But yes, there are cases where the government does need to make laws restricting certain actions that would be unsafe. Maybe the best example is corporate activity. The primary concern of corporations is to develop and market products to make a profit; public safety is not often a high priority. That is why the government makes laws forcing companies to adhere to certain standards of safety in how they make products, which includes everything from the materials they use to their environmental awareness.
well they do have laws for our own personal safety, its all in the first 10 amendments
1st freedom of religion, speech, press assembly, and petition.
2nd right to keep, and bear arms
3rd lodging troops in private homes
4th search, seizures, proper warrants
5th criminal proceedings, due process
6th criminal proceedings
7th jury trials in civil cases
8th cruel unusual punishment
9th UN enumerated rights
10th powers reserved to the states
I dont like a nanny government. Stupid people will always find a way to hurt themselves.