Magoo- Sadly, you fail to appreciate that the NRA is the single largest civil rights organization in the US. Far larger than the NAACP, ACLU, SPLC, etc.
The reality is that any regulatory action the federal government takes, whether it's gun registration, mandatory automotive data recorders, mandatory collection of personal medical records, or mandatory collection of personal financial activity by banks, it has nothing to do with safety or public welfare. Instead, it has to do with government control over private citizens.
To me it seems the NRA have totally lost the plot.The American preocupation with guns is frightening. And yes I grew up in a rural enviroment with guns and I used to shoot a few bunnies.But gun crime is over the top and needs big stick control. Not Bans.
As for the rest I agree, too much Big Brother intervention in all you say. All over the world. Safer cars are fine, recorders really are not. And controlling medical records and financial records is just plain Big Brother. That is what that recording was about.
Though see my previous post about so called safer cars. A lot of people are being conned with these so called safety features. That really are very dubious.
And governments are perpetuating the crap. Stability control is one, make a car idiot proof, but really they are just idiot cars.
And you vehicle industry people stand back and take a look at it. And realise that may be fine on a dry straight bitumen road,, but not on a wet muddy dirt road. Or towing a trailer or caravan where the driver inputs are often totally reversed.
And Big Brother is pushing for this garbage on all cars.. Yeah Right!!