You certainly hit a bunch of nails squarely on the head. Government wants to regulate everything. Guns, cars, safety belts, food, religion, and now our hobby are in the sights. The list goes on. The Constitution itself is ignored, changed, and misused. The government as it has become, is more dangerous to all of us than any hobby. The government try many ridiculous things. Prohibition comes to mind. Anyone who had un-doctored history in school knows how that turned out. Its the truly important stuff they frequently miss the boat on.
There are a few exceptions, but by and large, its always people killing or injuring themselves or others. The gun usually does not pull its own trigger!
The world has changed yes. More folks want to do harm. Sure, some laws are necessary and should be enforced. Unfortunately, laws only affect those that will follow them. Just like guns. Its a silly notion to outlaw them as only law abiding citizens will be affected. However, when laws are broken, there should be stiff penalties. The laws themselves just need to be justified.
Someone on this thread, perhaps several, has stated that we should wait and see what the FAA says. I agree. But we should ALL be d@#mn well ready to speak our minds as constructively as possible if the rules are unrealistic or unjust.
Our hobby has been very safe with the rules that AMA has set. This hobby has been partly or wholly responsible for many folks getting into science, engineering etc... Thats exactly what this country needs. It should not be sacrificed over some folks paranoia.
Lets see what the FAA says. Hopefully as some have stated, the majority if not all of us will be unaffected.