Fact-Based Legislation

Carol Platt Liebau

12/27/2012 1:25:42 PM - Carol Platt Liebau

As the mother of two small children, I am open to any constitutional method that will actually succeed in preventing another Newtown-style massacre.

Not surprisingly, the left is pushing more gun control.  But based on the experiences of Britain and Australia in banning guns, more gun control isn't going to address the problem

It feels good to pass a law -- if we can affix blame on a specific phenomenon (like widespread gun ownership) and then legislate against it, that restores our sense of control over our children's well-being and confidence in our own efficacy.

But it seems like plain common sense that before we go infringing on constitutional rights -- or any rights, for that matter -- there should be clear, demonstrable proof that the law being contemplated actually succeeds in doing what its proponents promise.