“The urge to pass new laws must be seen as an illness, not much different from the urge to bite old women. Anyone suspected of suffering from it should either be treated with the appropriate pills or, if it is too late for that, elected to parliament [or congress, as the case may be] and paid a huge salary with endless holidays, to do nothing whatever.” – Auberon Waugh
Every time something tragic happens there are calls for legislators to “do something.” What to do, whether it is wise or foolish, is less important than passing some new law. Years ago, when I was writing for Listen Magazine (now gone) I wrote an article about a couple of teens who created a fantasy politics game — it was similar to a fantasy football league. You picked a “team” of legislators, and got points as they created legislation.
I remember as I wrote the article worrying over the game’s premise — that you scored by introducing and pushing legislation, without consideration of whether the legislation was wise or foolish. Since the goal of the magazine was to highlight teens doing creative activities (not involving drugs), I stayed away from that fear when I wrote up the piece. But it remains why I remember the article.