Nice opinion piece by Francis Salzaro in NY Times regarding government infringement on citizens’ freedom to take risk in the mountains. His important argument aside, it’s a slippery slope, IMO, as the safer extreme environments are perceived, the more ill prepared people venture there, the more will get hurt.
Yeah but we're already sliding down that slop in every day life. In some places it means you need an helmet to do XYZ activity. Or making it mandatory to wear seatbelts...
I think it's sad but not a surprise - we do that all the time. Besides there are a number of outdoors destination where you are supposed to register before venturing out there. Not quite as aggressive, but the same ballpark.
It's likely to continue, because people seem to think that safer is always better, and that you have to protect people from themselves, be it against their own will. So instead of doing Mont Blanc (or a similarly popular thing), you may just have to venture farther away from civilization to find true outdoors and not a whole bunch of useless rules.