Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
Well more and tougher laws certainly will not fix any of the problems of our culture today. Laws are merely an external influence/control that really don't stop anyone from doing anything. Of course they do spell out structured consequences if you do (or don't do) something (whatever it is).
1. The way people think cannot be controlled by the law.
2. The way people act really cannot either (people break laws all the time).
3. The law only provides government enforced, structured consequences for doing (or not) some thing...whatever that might be. Typically we say "doing something 'wrong' (whatever this is)."
So the question that might arise here is...why do we have laws at all? Where do they come from? What is their purpose?
(going way out on a limb here...assuming I'm starting some rational discussion...but if history is any indication...well...I'll try it.)
Laws are moral guidlines for those people who are inclined to follow them.
Unfortunately there are good laws and bad laws. Laws that still fill a need and those who's time has come and gone.
However if you have a basic problem in society you can't take care of it by legislation. Take prohibition for example. Trying to stop people from drinking totally was a big failure. In cases like this the law actually provides an venue for criminals to work with.
This is why I'm not so sure it wouldn't be a good idea to decriminalize the use of marijuana. There are a lot of people out there who use this drug. The effects on the body are far less dangeous than even alcohol. In other countries that it has been decriminalized it actually cut down on the criminal activity by taking away a really big source of revenue. Also those people who purchased pot from those people didn't buy anything else they might be selling. So there was a further blow to the criminal.
Before any of the conservatives jump on me here I'm advocating it be controlled just like tobacco or alcohol.
In other words you have to be old enough.
I didn't mean to make this into a soapbox for this subject but it's just one example. Perhaps the most obvious.
The thing is education can do a lot more to change the ills of society than just blunt legislation. Finding what actually causes these problems and stopping the problem from developing is a good start.