More laws mean more criminals

The delusion of members of our political class is that they truly believe that human nature can be controlled, or even modified, by the creation of more laws. Then again, if you only have a hammer in your toolbox, every societal problem must look like a nail.

The reality is that laws only succeed in taking away the liberties of law-abiding citizens and never deter the criminal. Criminals do not bother with laws, that is why they are called criminals. More laws, more criminals.

In 2012, about 40,000 new laws took effect across the country at the state level. Since the beginning of 2000, Congress has created 452 new crimes. The total number of federal crimes as of the end of 2007 was estimated to exceed 4,450, but no one knows for sure.

“There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime,” said John Baker, a retired Louisiana State University law professor who has also tried counting the number of new federal crimes created in recent years. “That is not an exaggeration.”

There ought to be a law.

John K. Langenbahn

Durango