I suppose equality should ideally be applied to everything. However, there may be practical reasons why women and children should have preference in some scenerios such as a sinking ship for example. They take up less room in the lifeboats and the children are less able to take care of themselves.
Although probably impractical to implement, I have wondered how many people could have potentially got away in the Titanic lifeboats if it were lightest or smallest first for all the crew and passengers?
Isn't it interesting that a human has no right to live up to 9 months from conception, then for the next 16 years or so has a greater right to live than an older person?
I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. Frank Lloyd Wright
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