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Can you name examples where people were actually hurt by enforcement of a law that was designed to protect them? Is it even possible to design laws that actually do protect people such as this?

Asked by snowberry (25207points) August 20th, 2014

Prompted by my response to the question Should certain people be put on leashes? http://www.fluther.com/174815/should-certain-people-be-put-on-leashes/#quip3010570

Can you name other examples of where people were actually hurt by enforcement of a law that was designed to protect them? Is it even possible to design laws that actually do protect people such as this?

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zenvelo's avatar

There are lots of examples of well meaning laws that hurt people, but it is also difficult to judge whether the opposite law would help or hinder people.

An example is the right to not be hospitalized even when one is mentally ill. Even when someone is not able to act in their own best interest, it is difficult to hospitalize them for more than 72 hours, and then only if they are an immediate threat to themselves.

But such laws were written because of the horrible abuses that happened to people that were hospitalized against their will. Most people anguish over what is the best course of action, both have difficult chocies.

KNOWITALL's avatar

PErhaps keeping native american indians on reservations to keep their culture intact.

zenvelo's avatar

@KNOWITALL That’s not why native Americans were put on reservations. They were put on reservations so their land could be taken. The Bureau of Indian Affairs did its best for decades to wipe out as much native culture as they could. Kill the languages, take kids from families, adopt out babies.

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@Zenvelo Oh I know, my heritage is Cherokee. Sarcasm doesn’t translate here well lol.

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