So on one hand you have the hobbists saying, "Everything is OK, no need to regulate us" but on the other hand you have the FAA saying "Everything is not OK, we need to protect and regulate avaition"
I'm thinking the truth is somewhere in the middle. I'm still pretty new to this hobby. A lot of stuff I've learned has been done so through trial and error. In a perfect world,accoding to hobbists, I would have been mentored by someone with enough expirience to show me the difference between safe and unsafe practices.
In reality, I broke a lot of stuff, cut my hands (just once but once is enough) flown in places where I shouldn't have. Why did I do this? Because I didn't know any better.
The FAA does have a valid point. I don't agree that a ban or strict regulation is the best answer. There is nothing prventing me from buying an RC plane and flying it right next to an airport. As everything is now, there is no way for a novice flyer to know to stay under 400ft or to not fly close to an airport. How does that get fixed?