There are a great number of ways to look at the idea of legislating in America, with emphases on both the proactive and reactive sides of the coin.
There are some laws that just make sense. Counted among these no nonsense guidelines are the more commandment-esque parables about killing, raping, stealing, and such. Those are the big, broad strokes that need to be written down, but are fairly well considered common sense.
Then we get into some of the more grey territory, like seatbelt laws.
Seatbelts are, unequivocally, undeniably integral to protecting you from severe physical harm in case of a major automobile accident. Sure, they are a little uncomfortable at times, and they have been known to bruise folks who wind up in the occasional fender bender, but once we’re old enough to understand the concept of them, there is no way that any sensible person wouldn’t prefer that inconvenience.
Yet, out there are the maniacs, ejecting from their windshield and onto the highway, making me late for my appointments.
So, to combat a lack of common sense, we have seatbelt laws wherein you can be fined for being a lazy and ignorant fool with a death wish.
Somehow, the idea that a ticket is fair punishment for taking life or death risks with your own vehicle irks some people.
Other bizarre laws in America that we somehow still need to write down for people include:
Visitors beware: it is strictly prohibited to pronounce “Arkansas” incorrectly. Per the state Code, the only acceptable pronunciation is “in three (3) syllables, with the final ‘s’ silent, the ‘a’ in each syllable with the Italian sound, and the accent on the first and last syllables.” So keep your Arkan-sass to yourself—and while you’re at it, make sure you’re pronouncing these common food words correctly.
And this doozy from Connecticut:
A pickle cannot be sold unless it bounces. According to a 1948 article, this law became a necessity after two scheming pickle packers tried to sell pickles “unfit for human consumption” on the sly. Connecticut’s Food and Drug Commissioner at the time proclaimed that a real pickle “should bounce” when dropped from the height of one foot, leading to a new state regulation.
Now, Louisiana has decided it was time to catch up to the rest of the nation and ban bestiality in 2018.
State lawmakers in Louisiana passed a bill making it illegal for a human to have sex with an animal, according to KATC- TV.
The bill now heads to the House, but 10 state senators voted against it.
It would also require that sexually abused animals are removed from their abusers and delivered to a veterinarian for treatment. If convicted of the crime, a person would not be allowed to own any animals in the future.
Well I’m glad that they were able to clear this up, but, again, why wasn’t this already written into state code?
As for the 10 State Senators who voted to keep bestiality legal in Louisiana, I would suggest avoid their patio parties this summer. Or maybe try going vegan in their districts.