When a tragedy happens, and a law gets hurriedly passed in the heat of emotion, it is generally a bad law. Take, for example, the NY-SAFE Act. It was passed overnight, and as it comes into effect, politicians and police are seeing how inane this law really is. It will cost a fortune, accomplish nothing, make criminals out of many New Yorkers and be impossible to enforce.
There is nothing more pathetic than a parent who has lost a child. They deserve our sympathy and prayers. In times of grief, it is easy to take up a cause, and great things have been accomplished. Unfortunately, at times like this, people can also be used.
I am sorry. We understand your grief, and pray for you, but we do not owe you our freedom, nor should we ignore common sense and sacrifice our values, because of your sorrow. It serves no one to shackle ourselves and future generations with restrictions that sound good, but unfortunately, do no good.
CHUCK PINKEY is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to.