Laws passed in haste with emotion rather than reason are generally bad laws.
A good example is the recent anti-gun legislation rammed into law in New York. Under this law it is a felony to have a magazine with more than seven bullets, no exceptions. The New York legislature, in its devious wisdom, decided on this seven-round limitation because no gun manufacturer currently makes seven-round magazines, rendering almost every magazine-fed gun illegal. This creates a problem for New York police who now use standard 15-round magazines and have no way to abide by the new law.
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Another feature of this law is the prohibition of guns on school property, no exceptions. How are police supposed to respond to a violent shooting situation in a school without themselves breaking the law?
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is rushing to restrict "assault weapons," whatever they are. Yet, of the 508 shooting victims in Chicago in 2012, I bet not a single one was killed by a so-called assault weapon.
Elected political representatives don't necessarily have common sense or good judgment.