The last 40-50 years, though, I get the impression that Emotion has been the major factor in the passing of Law.
Why did we temporarily ban "assault rifles"?
an "assault rifle" is woefully underpowered compared to a hunting
rifle. Hell, some places won't let hunters use 5.56mm to hunt 80 pound
deer because it won't kill them reliably.
We banned "assault rifles" because some-bloody-idiot got on the TeeVee
with her lower lip trembling and started whining about how "scary" black
assault rifles looked.
Same thing with switchblades.
switchblade sucks as a fighting knife compared to a fixed blade knife,
but some-bloody-idiot got up in front of the Texas Legislature -- no
doubt with a trembling lip -- and started whining about them uppity
minorities killin' everbody and Grandma Frickert with switchblades and
we're stuck with a silly-assed law.
is a piss-poor reason for passing laws, and it's about time that
someone with some testicular fortitude got into politics and pointed
Throw in that along with the lip-tremblers we have the major-media asshats who've yet to set a 'ban this tool for the Children!' line that they won't run with.