Why We Need Laws and Why The Don’t Work

Another recent mass shooting and once again some Democrats have temporarily turned from their socialist quest to destroy America’s economy to clamor for more gun control laws nationally and locally.

Democrats at state levels have run to their computers, busily tapping away with their fingers, conjuring up new forms of gun control laws. Some want to impose stricter and more widespread background checks and even extending the time limit for background checks from 3 days to 30 days. Others hurriedly scribe red flag laws that would allow any law enforcement agency to seize a person’s guns and ammunition just on the suspicion from someone or even the false complaint of an angry love interest or even an angry neighbor. Others want to go further and ban all handguns and all semiautomatic weapons (this includes many hunting rifles and shotguns and the vast the majority of handguns carried for concealed carry self-protection). I’ve even heard some advocate for the total ban of private ownership and possession of all firearms.

Anti-Second Amendment members of Congress have also been contemplating many of the same gun control laws at the national level.

And yes, you’ve all heard conservatives like myself, say that more gun control laws won’t stop violence or mass killings. If people don’t have guns, they’ll find some other way to carry out their evil carnage on an unsuspecting public. We’ve already seen a number of examples of mass knife stabbings, various types of bombs and even using vehicles to drive over crowds of people.

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While Democrats call for more gun control laws, ask them why and then ask them why our jails and prisons are so full of people if laws really work? If laws work, why are there about 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails (that’s about 655 people in prison out of every 100,000 people in the country)? Why are so many jails and prisons having to release convicts early because they are so overcrowded? Why are some crimes being downgraded to avoid putting more people in jail?

If laws work, then how come there are so many law books? Have you ever seen a lawyer’s library or a law library? Have you ever seen just the state statutes for your state or how many new laws are passed every year at the city, county, state and federal level?

In the mid 1970’s I had the privilege of serving on a committee that was revising one section of Arizona’s revised statutes. One of the committee meetings was held at the state capital amidst they volumes of state statutes.

We have laws against speeding and running red lights, but many cities and counties rely on the income from traffic tickets written by police to the thousands of people who opt not to obey the laws.

It’s against the law to murder someone, but if you live anywhere in or near a major city, your local news will have its share of reports of people who have been murdered.

It’s against the law to rob or steal, and yet we hear of stores, businesses, banks and individuals who have been robbed.

It’s against the law to sexually assault other people and yet the news is filled with sexual assaults and rape, some of which have been carried out by people in the entertainment industry, politicians, military personnel and even clergy.

Next time you hear someone call for more gun control laws, ask them about the issues listed above. According to their logic and arguments, our jails and prisons should be empty and there would be no need law enforcement officers and many cities and counties should be really broke.

We need laws because mankind is basically evil and we need law enforcement, jails and prisons because mankind is basically evil and often don’t obey the laws. That means that more laws won’t stop violence or crimes, but in some instances, actually result with more crimes and violence

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

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R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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