Ted Frank on laws named after victims

Laws named after sympathetic victims are sure-fire vote-getters, but they are usually bad laws. “A politician holds a press conference standing next to the victim’s family; this gets the bill on the news. Because of terse media coverage, voters think said law will actually do something for a victim or potential future victims, no matter what the real legal changes are.” [Ted Frank, L.A. Times]

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  • “Trump says this is the bill he’ll send to Congress on his first day in the White House.”

    I can think of helluva lot of other things that need attended to first.