In the name of saving lives, and in order to maintain consistency with the majority of opinions in this forum based on previous discussions regarding motorcycle helmet laws, I thought I might suggest a logical addition to this line of thinking in the form of a law which requires anyone swimming in America to wear a life vest. In 2010 there were ~3,500 motorcycle deaths in America suggesting that the number of motorcycle accident deaths and swimming deaths are almost identical. This is simply unacceptable! How can we as a society put up with this? Are we ok letting these people die? Are we going to continue to fool ourselves into thinking that people are smart enough to take care of themselves? Something must be done to save these aquatic Americans from themselves! Worst of all, it seems to be children who are hurt more than anyone. In 2004 26% of all deaths of children between the ages of 1-4, were due to drowning. Pathetic. It's about the children, folks. Think of the children! We clearly must pass some sort of federal law which prohibits the act of swimming; professionally, for leisure, or otherwise, without the use of a government approved safety vest. Heck, think economically... how much needless money is being spent on emergency services, insurance, etc. spent on these people who refuse to stop being morons swimming w/out protective gear! Who's with me on this? Who wants to start the petition? Call Senator Franken! Call Speaker Pelosi! Call President Obama. Think of the children!