Glenn Reynolds (the Instapundit) has a column in USA Today that makes a lot of sense. There ought to be a waiting period before legislation gets passed in the heat of the moment. Wait, hasn’t that already been tried? President Obama promised to do this before he was elected in 2008 as the *cough* most transparent administration in history; it’s a promised that has continually been broken (notice that article was written in 2009, and already it was broken several times – now, nobody remembers it). It almost seems like politicians don’t really want citizens to know what’s in legislation before they pass it. Hell, it seems like they don’t even know what’s in bills before they pass them. Remember reviewing Obamacare before it was passed? Oh right: gotta pass it to find out what’s in it. Thanks, Nancy.
After the state of New York passed its far-reaching and poorly thought out post-Newtown gun law with unseemly haste, I suggested that we might need a waiting period for laws more than for guns. After all, the idea behind waiting periods for guns was that people might get overexcited and do something rash, but would “cool off” if they had to wait a few days before getting their hands on a dangerous instrument. But laws are dangerous instruments, too, and legislators seem highly prone to sudden fits of hysteria.
Suddenly, I’m hearing agreement with this idea from an unlikely source — New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a tireless champion of gun restrictions. The 7-round magazine restriction that was a major feature of the New York law turns out to be unworkable and to make the state’s police (who aren’t exempted from the law’s coverage) criminals if they carry their usual Glocks.
Bloomberg observed: “We just got to start to thinking a little bit more about the implications of things before we rush to legislate and rush to legislate everything.”
That’s a really great quote from Nanny Bloomberg, huh? Yeah, “we just got to start thinking a little bit more…” – except when it’s convenient for us to ram something through in the heat of the moment that fits our agenda.