Originally Posted by GloucesterChief
I don't believe in punishment when someone else's rights haven't been infringed or they haven't been damaged. That is like banning guns, knives, and baseball bats because there is a chance that the person owning them may hurt themselves or others.
Now, this isn't to say that driving drunk is at all a good idea. I, and most people, consider it immoral. I am fine with public pressure against drunk driving. I don't think that government should be able to punish you for something in which there was no victim.
Some things are so reckless, with potential for such great harm such as death, that they should be illegal. Yes, that is the argument some use against guns. However, you can make a reasonable argument about self defense and that responsible gun owners are not reckless.
However, there is no reasonable or responsible drunk driving. Unlike using a knife, a baseball bat, or even a gun, there is no safe way to drive drunk. It is reckless and inherently and unnecessarily puts others lives needlessly at risk.