I am Libertarian, so my interest in government is more about giving people freedom than taking away rights and freedoms we already have.
Left over from Prohibition are draconian and nonsensical laws against distilling alcohol completely out of whack with normalcy. You can make beer or wine very easily (people make it in jail from water, sugar, flour and yeast) and use it, even share it, of course you can’t sell it without licensing, government inspection and of course paying taxes.
But if you distill that is $10,000 plus ten years. Even just possessing distilled liquor is $5,000 plus five years. So if you want to talk about reasonable laws in the USA we need to first start with simplifying the existing ones or we continue a very bad trend
I have a pistol license but I do not own any guns. If I thought the laws were going to change, though, I just might buy some. I enjoy target shooting, and have hunted a few times, not much into fishing either.
My point is the judicial industry in the US sux and if you think prohibiting something will change people’s behavior, well, I have some pot right here and that is illegal in every state by Federal law. Speeding (every single person who has ever driven), prostitution (the offer of money), pirating music (Happy Birthday, the Macarena), copyright laws (don’t get me started), peeing outside, connecting to public wi-fi without permission, poker, and don’t even start examining building and fire codes and zoning and sewer use and environmental ….
Police have too much discretion as we see in the news every day. They could arrest anyone at any time if they name a law that might be broken. And there are lots of laws. You must be very white to suggest a new law will help. Most of us are now aware that if you want to make a bad situation worse call the police, or involve the government.
Suggesting we make things MORE restricted irks me. Things are restricted enough. Everyone is a criminal and we just exist at the generosity of cops who are either not aware of all the laws or don’t like to do a lot of paperwork.
And when we start talking about our prison system we have double the prisoners and double the costs to the taxpayer for them per capita than any other country. China has a few more prisoners than us, but China has three times the population. We imprison five times more than the world average, about 0.01% while the world average is 0.002%.
So more laws will not help fix any problem. I think we should try education. And we start by simplifying and repealing the STUPID laws we already have.