Everything you mentioned are state and local laws. That's fine. The people have direct control over their state governments. If the people of a state don't object to what their state legislators do, it's on them. There is virtually no control over the federal government, yours or mine. They can pretty much do as they please.<quoted text>
Well most people call certain states in Australia nanny states where the states and not the federal government has the last say, they ban smoking( even though it is legal) yet they allow your dogs at a open air cafe next to children and food.... they put signs up everywhere, we have more road rules than you can poke a stick at which often can get on your nerves, but that is what happens in a society at peace...they have nothing to fight for so they fight for the things the regard are hurting their ability to live in safety and at peace and it starts with health.....weapons, smoking alcohol speeding etc....it is the natural way of finding a common ground for everyone to sit and enjoy it....it is not always fair to some but it is in the best interest of all....you must adapt...that is how we evolve....whether we are forced to pay more to drive a gas guzzler or pay more for a seat if you are bigger or make the fast food people put labels on their food...everyone is buggered by one or more of this nonsense but as long as it is for our best interests most can deal with it, even if it is not in theirs....society needs rules and must change accordingly....so is it the government that cause your woes or your states local councils etc?
You mentioned best interests. Who determines what your best interests are? Is it really for your best interests? Isn't one capable of determining their own best interests?
My state is the definition of a nanny state.:-)
New Jersey is third from the bottom of the least freest states. Unemployment is 9.6%. The freest state, least government, North Dakota, unemployment 3%.