• I call this knee-jerk legislation, or legislation by anecdote. It’s what we get in a democracy. Nobody’s ever mature enough to just say, “well, maybe that was a freak thing, and no legislation is required.” Or sit down and look at long-term patterns, or lots of data. I’m almost tempted to say that should be a requirement before passing any law, but of course, if that’s the kind of thing we have to require, the problem is bigger than that fix.