When something bad happens, there can be a knee-jerk attempt to correct the situation with a new law.
However in many cases there are already laws in place to deal with the problem, but the penalties are not severe enough to be a deterrent.For example a judge this week has sentenced a Philadelphia-area man to 5 to 10 years in prison after his 13th DUI. Yes being arrested a dozen times didn't stop someone from continuing to drive while intoxicated.
Bateman says years of similar sentences had not stopped him from breaking the law. Prosecutors say Konyves previously managed to avoid state prison by manipulating the system.
Across the country there is concern over the ability to purchase guns. More than 300 people turned out in Salisbury, Md. for a town hall meeting on gun control legislation.
Rep. Andy Harris told the crowd at the meeting Monday that he opposes any more restrictions on gun ownership because many states do not prosecute people for lying on firearm applications.
Customers are willing to take the risk of lying on an application, because there's no significant deterrent.
In the future lawmakers should be heeding Rep. Harris' advice about creating new laws. Legislators need to review existing laws and the success of the penalties as a deterrent. There are enough laws to prevent most attacks against society. The national problem is not having the ability to enforce the current regulations and offer penalties that actually serve as a deterrent to crime.