There ought (not) to be a law |

There ought (not) to be a law

People commonly think, “there ought to be a law” whenever they see some behavior by others of which they don’t approve. It’s usually a knee-jerk reaction because many people mistakenly believe that government laws create moral behavior.

In reality, government laws often are counter-productive regarding morality. The recent suicide of Kevin McClure, reported by The Union, is a tragic example. Here is a case of a man who had honorably kicked the drug habit. But because the war on drugs has made the selling of illegal drugs very profitable, Mr. McClure began to backslide, lured by this easy way of earning a living. As the saying goes, follow the money.

The drug lords are getting rich and the well-paid salesman are promoting drug use among our young people. This is all because we conflate illegality and immorality instead of recognizing that saying, “there ought not to be a law” has little to do with immorality. Teaching moral behavior is a lot more effective than passing laws. Further, politicians are not usually a good resource for establishing morality. This same thinking applies to our local amphetamine problem.

Bob Glassco

Grass Valley

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