The Gov should ban ________ because _____________ are used to _________________ people, innocent people, who only want to live. So ban all _______________..
Chairman Mao Zedong wanted to rid his country of pests. So he organized the people’s army to rid the country of flies, mosquitoes, rats and sparrows in what was known as the Four Pests Campaign. Now I’m not a fan of gnats, but I assume God has a purpose for them and I intend to ask Him about it one day. Mao saw no purpose for sparrows, so the Chinese set out to kill every sparrow and did a darn good job. Next thing you know, China was overrun with locusts and the ensuing famine killed 20-45 million Chinese. Even Mao figured that one out and eventually imported Russian sparrows, but the damage was done.
When the Titanic sank, drowning 1503 folks, the U.S. decreed that ALL ships over 100 tonnes have sufficient lifeboats for all passengers. Good idea, right? There being no exception to the law, the SS Eastland was outfitted for more lifeboats than it could manage. Mere feet away from its moorings, it flipped in the Chicago River’s 20 feet of water and 800 people were trapped inside and died, all because of a mandatory life boat policy.
In 2002 photographer Kenneth Adelman started a project of recording the entire California coastline by aerial photography. Barbara Streisand got wind of it and filed a $50 million lawsuit against Adelman’s non-profit. The project had a grand total of 6 Internet searches up to that point, 2 of which were Bab’s lawyers. You guessed it, she lost the suit and now the Coastline Project had hundreds of thousands of views per month. Her house, just one of thousands on the coast, is now a prominent feature.
The U.S. government is not immune from cause and effect either. Smokey The Bear worked so hard to prevent forest fires that undergrowth built up and when fires did happen, they were devastating to the big trees that normally could survive a fire. The folks in Gatlinburg learned this hard lesson in 2016 when the Smokies went up in horrific flames.
But that is small potatoes compared to the U.S. policies that have ultimately caused the health care debacle. During WWII, the U.S. imposed wage and price controls. Bad idea. Employers, already short working men due to the war, now had to offer “unpaid” incentives such as free medical insurance, so that became the norm. Then the U.S. decided, after the war, that paid “employment” insurance was a good idea, so they made it tax deductible. That proliferation of insurance created a loss of “pay for service” care and created a market where even minor issues are covered by insurance. Which led to more bureaucrats. And more regulations. And more costs. And loss of free market competition. Under Obama care, did insurance companies lose money? No, their profits have exploded and costs have increased. But most concede that health care has suffered.
Leads me to this premise: The government should ban guns because it will only be a positive. What can go wrong?
Kelly Burke, master attorney, former district attorney and magistrate judge, is engaged in private practice. He writes about the law, rock’n’roll and politics or anything that strikes him. These articles are not designed to give legal advice, but are designed to inform the public about how the law affects their daily lives. Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org to comment on this article or suggest articles that you’d like to see and visit his website www.kellyrburke.com to view prior columns.