When I was younger we played a lot of football with out helmets. We rode sleds down big hills. We pulled car hoods behind a bike tractor or truck in the snow (I did this with my kids also). Yes sometimes things go wrong. I knew a guy that got killed while riding a car hood. I had a friend that had a child that was parapaligic from playing soft ball and he did have a helmet on cause he was playing in an organized leage.
We climbed things we shouldn't have.
Sometimes you get hurt even with protective gear on and sometimes you don't without it.
I would say that football players playing in an organized game and getting good pay for it will be in a place that protections would be agreed upon. I don't think it should be illegal for people to play sand lot football at the next family reunion with out such gear even if such gear would make it safer.
I saw a guy in a professional arm wrestling match break his arm. Should we stop allowing it to be done?
I am not saying you can't get hurt, I am saying that we get to decide that not staying in bed and living in a bunker with 20 years of stored dry food is a better way to live even if it is not as safe.
If I get on my motor cycle with out a helmet, I am not getting paid to do this, it is a decision that I made in my life for me and all the risk in entails. I do agree with Iddee in that even if there was a good thought behind the helmet law, it might really be more dangerous due to hearing and sight issues then the safety it provides after you fall. It might even make you fall more then if you didn't wear it.
I must say that when I rode in winter I enjoyed a full helmet and face shield for the comfort it gave against the cold. The key word is comfort. I got to make the decision that being warm was more important then not being able to see or hear as good. Making something having to be done takes the right of desision making from an individual of him deciding it is a good ideal or a bad ideal based on what he is having to face.
It just aint right.