There is really no story here but there is the viral video of the day, which will probably make it to your local news station later this week and be the subject of a police investigation a couple of days after that.
A former Marine named Jacob Hughes who lives near Denver posted the clip of his six-year-old son controlling the throttle and steering his Harley Dyna on an arrow straight stretch of road a couple of days ago. The ride and the video are both nanny state defying acts of rebellion and the reaction to the video has been predictable.
One commenter wrote on YouTube: “What a colossal moron! This child should be removed from the dubious care of this criminally negligent and woeful excuse of a father especially in the light that a young four-year-old girl was recently killed at the hands of her knuckle dragging Neanderthal parents who forced her to ride a bike that was far too big for her. What the Hell is wrong with these unspeakably stupid people? I wouldn’t entrust the care of a guppy to these idiots! Make no mistake about it, vehicles such as cars and motorbikes become lethal weapons on the road which, in the hands of inexperienced drivers, will most certainly endanger themselves and other innocent people. There is very good reasons why children cannot drive: Despite being illegal (sic – children are not actually illegal yet, Rebel) they have absolutely no perception of speed, distance nor the danger they impose on themselves and others. Nor do they have the slightest sense of responsibility or understanding of what to do when things go wrong. I emphasize when because it would be inevitable that a child this young would lose control of the vehicle in a short time. Children of this age do not have the ability to make rational judgments and, obviously, the parents in this instance show staggering poor judgment as well. This father would be the first to scream and cry victim if his child lost control of the bike and was killed. Sadly, if that had been the case, and he was damn lucky it wasn’t, he would have been as responsible for the death of his child in as much the same way as if he put a gun to his child’s head! That is the irrefutable measure of guilt that should be placed on a man associated with such a criminal act of reckless indifference towards the safety and life of this little boy and the lives of others!”
Other commenters have agreed. “I think this is absolutely stupid,” one wrote. “This guy has obviously never been down before as he would know it only takes a second for shit to hit the fan. Granted nothing happened, still should have some gear on or something.”
And another said he was “Glad I don’t live in the USA where people get away with this foolishness.”
But most of the comments have been supportive and are typified by “Much better raising your son like this than letting him be a pussy. Nice video man.”
Decide for yourself.