Laws, laws, laws, laws, laws ! Why is it that a seemingly large segment of our otherwise intelligent population goes completely “naïve” (and essentially ineffective ?) when attempting to address serious social issues by passing another law? If they were to rein their knee-jerk reaction in a bit and key on how many laws are already enacted, it would become apparent that we appear to have laws that cover virtually all errant aspects of human behavior. Pick a subject and you’ll find a law that covers it. Human existence, however, works best when we have necessary and effective social values in place, generally instilled in upcoming generations by excellent parenting. And that’s the key: social values and behavior! When we begin addressing societal problems, including mental health, addiction, etc., effectively with acknowledgement and appropriate treatment, we will no longer foolishly key on simply blaming products for the criminal/mental/irresponsible behaviors which cause angst and heartache to innocent humans. Laws only are effective with the law-abiding. It’s common sense. Maybe that’s what we’ve lost?
Otherwise we are going to continue needing more and larger prisons and that’s been going on for quite a number of decades.