How About A Waiting Period For Legislating?

One of the ideas for gun control being bandied about in Washington is a waiting period for gun purchases. Glenn Reynolds, writing for the New York Post, wonders if we shouldn’t first apply that idea to legislating:

I’d like to propose a “waiting period” for legislation. No bill should be voted on without hearings, debate and a final text that’s available online for at least a week. (A month would be better. How many bills really couldn’t wait a month?)

And if the bill is advertised as addressing a “tragedy” or named after a dead child, this period should double.

After all, people want waiting periods for guns. Yet, statistically, the percentage of guns involved in crimes is much lower than the percentage of politicians involved in crimes.

Makes sense to me.

Didn’t the founders recognize the problem, and isn’t that why the Senate was created? To cool off the hot heads? bicameral legislation isn’t it. Except when one side decides not to do anything about tyranny encroaching. Or the lawless president doesn’t abide by the laws.


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