January 06, 2003

Laws don't prevent crime

They only elucidate what is and is not a crime. Money quote in this Mark Steyn article:

[...]if the gangs refuse to obey the existing laws, we'll just pass more laws for them not to obey.
The attitude of gun control advocates in Britain seems to echo that of the gun control advocates on this side of the pond: an almost -- oh hell, a frankly superstitious regard for The Law that thinks that adding more laws -- more words, spells, and incantations -- will somehow magically reduce or eliminate the urges of the criminally-inclined to do crime. One word: WRONG. Just wait.

(Via everybody. Come on, it's Mark Steyn.)

Posted by Andrea Harris at January 6, 2003 12:32 AM

Without the threat of effective enforcement, no law works. But hey, when guns are outlawed, the outlaws will be easier to spot!

Posted by: Chip Haynes at January 6, 2003 at 10:50 AM

I'd say that the less interaction one actually has with the realities of law enforcement, the more one is willing to believe such nonsense, but on reflection that's wrong: there's no workable correlation one way or the other. Gun-control fetishists (for that's what they are, making a fetish out of the law) are simply irrational.

Posted by: David Jaroslav at January 6, 2003 at 06:23 PM