Friday, January 26, 2007

There oughtta be a law...

Actually, there very seldom (if ever) oughtta be a law...

This article notes the efforts of Virginia state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli/republican to get a law written/passed to protect grieving families from reporters and others immediately following whatever trauma.

Now...the article writer, Marc Fisher, does a resonable job of addressing the specifics of why this particular law is a bad idea, but that's not my point.

My point is: every "should" doesn't need a law attached to it.

The article in question simply examines one of a million examples of folks hurrying to write laws in vain and foolish attempts to cover and prevent every possibility of harm, every possibility of upset, inconvenience, danger or disruption.

Can't be done.

More importantly: should not be done. "Let the folks most directly involved sort it out themselves" is most often the best thing to do.

So, the next time someone says "there oughtta be a law..." JUST SAY NO.

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