- - Monday, February 19, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Before we pass any new gun laws there are a few questions to be answered. Which crimes have the already-passed gun laws stopped and which crimes will the new laws stop? What will we do differently to enforce these new laws?

In the past we passed gun laws to stop school shootings. Yet we still have school shootings. We have passed laws for background checks, yet we still have minors, mentally ill people and criminals with guns.

Laws do not protect. They are designed to punish the offender after the crime has been committed and the offender is caught. It seems as if we only pass new laws to make some people feel good and garner votes for politicians.

Let’s say we pass a new law that outlaws guns capable of holding more than 10 bullets. How will we enforce that law? Would we bring back stop-and-frisk without cause or would we allow unwarranted searches of homes, buildings, cars and trucks, in effect eliminating the Fourth Amendment?

Basically, what are we willing to give up for these feel-good laws that accomplish nothing without enforcement?

JIM POSMER

Polk City, Fla.


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