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Editorial: Let’s create another law — or two or three or more




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April 17, 2013 | 1,808 views | 6 comments

There’s a lot of debate going on about texting while driving, and whether or not more laws should be passed.

There is no doubt that texting while driving is a dangerous situation, even if all it requires is for your eyes to focus away from the roadway for mere moments. That’s long enough for you to lose control of your vehicle and cause severe injury or death. Such distractions are not worth the risk; but is it necessary to pass another law?

What about eating while driving, fiddling with the radio controls, focusing on fussy children in the back seat, or putting makeup on while driving? Distracted driving is distracted driving, and it is already against the law.

From www.distraction.gov, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Transportation, “Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel.” But we know that texting and cell phone use are not the only causes for fatal distractions. To pass laws concerning each distraction would be impossible. There are so many laws on the books already that it’s difficult for an individual to pass even a single day without breaking some law somewhere in some fashion.

Still, there is the urgency to “do something.” It’s the same plea that we hear from Washington when it comes to immigration and gun control: Just do something!

The pleas to do something about gun control are similar. Murder is already against the law, but Congress and the anti-gun lobby want to pass more laws -- laws that will affect law-abiding citizens.

One of the high-profile cases in the news recently is that of slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, who were shot multiple times in their own home. The cry from around the country is that officials in Washington should enact more legislation, but more laws will have no effect on those intent on breaking laws.

This is the same message coming from some of those parents who tragically lost their children in the Newtown, Conn., murders. While the parents are consumed with grief, that grief is being exploited by anti-gun forces led by President Barack Obama.

In all these cases, in the final analysis, even the most adamant supporters of gun control admit that none of these laws for tighter gun control, if passed, would have made a difference in the Newtown killings or the Columbine High School massacre.

Gun control or not, if a person wants to commit a crime, there are other ways and means. Take the case of the wife in Texas who is in prison for running over her husband with the family car, or the knife-wielding college student who went about randomly slashing students. Evil is evil.

Mental illness is another issue, but again, more laws are not going to cure the mentally ill.

As for “background checks,” a prescription from the doctor for a sedative could very well keep a stable person from being able to ever own a gun. At the same time, because of HIPAA laws, most health issues could not be divulged. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which was passed in 1996, allows workers to keep health issues confidential. At best, there is a court battle ahead to determine what is private and privileged information and what is available for public record if new background check laws are implemented.
 

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Michael Abbott  
Sutherland Springs, TX  
April 18, 2013 8:18am
 
Concerning the 'No' vote on background checks, at the Huffingtonpost.com website, there is a photo chart of all who voted 'Yes' or 'No'. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted 'NO' (against the checks). Later ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 17, 2013 6:49pm
 
Just saw a picture of Biden stand by Obama while he was criticizing the Senate for not passing gun control laws......Looked just like the Puppet "Walter". Priceless.......

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
April 17, 2013 3:58pm
 
Just received this comment from Chris W. Cox on U.S. Senate Defeat of Manchin-Toomey-Schumer Amendment: Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
April 17, 2013 3:47pm
 
How's this little tale from the Internet: A person steals guns, (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW), shoots and kills his own mother (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW), transports these guns loaded (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW), brings ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 17, 2013 2:27pm
 
Muse......You must be kidding.....not enough jail cells in the state of Texas to hold all of us outlaws.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
April 17, 2013 12:59pm
 
Let's pass a law that all current laws be enforced. Course we would have an exemption for immigration laws.

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