When his response to every tragic incident is to propose a new law, as Drew Marzullo has in the aftermath of this week’s awful boating death of a beautiful young girl.
As a father going through something similar with his own son, I’m pretty sure I can understand and feel the heartbreak of her parents, but I don’t believe that the world can be perfect if only we had enough laws and regulations. Progressives do – that’s why they call themselves progressives – they think they’re progressing towards perfection on earth.
Politics and horrific tragedy should not really be combined, so I’ll quit now, but Marzullo’s proposal (enthusiastically joined by state rep Freddy Camillo) that no one under 18 be permitted to operate a boat except under adult supervision would bar all kids from fishing, serving on sailing regattas and just spending time on the water, thus prolonging their infantilization, a phenomenon already too prevalent in our society.
Parents can, and should decide when their child is mature enough to operate a boat, not bureaucrats. Boating accidents will continue to happen, regardless, because bad things happen in this mortal world, but the knee-jerk reaction of Marzullo and his ilk is as ill-advised as it is predictable.