Typically the Karen's complaining about safety are the ones who actually can't afford to build a safe/legal car so of course they will defend this type of **** from a keyboard of course...
I think it can go both ways. I know guys that insist a 12.50 car has a cage. An 8.50 cert does not realy require a lot of extra bars aside from the halo. It's all relative to your level of comfort.
My 8.50 cert cars are probably mid pack on bars. One has forward bars and one does not etc.
Lastly...I am never riding in a 55 chevy again.
Look at old ss/a and ss/b pics and note the LO and BO cars did not have a bar at all. Were Dick Landy and Ronnie Sox idiots also? Just something to consider.