How many laws are there in this country? Care to even guess? How many do you inadvertently disobey because you don’t know about them? And since ignorance of the law is no excuse where does that leave the average citizen?
Congress has been busily making laws for a couple hundred years. Presidents of all parties have been busily signing them into law for a couple hundred years. That means there must be a whole lotta laws out there governing our behavior. Because as politicians tell us from time to time, “We are a nation of laws.” Except when we’re not.
The government in its monumental wisdom can decide not to enforce laws. Whole cities can decide that they don’t want to enforce immigration laws and thus become “Sanctuary Cities” which are against our law. Politicians and the media that likes the idea of “Sanctuary Cities” can ignore the hypocrisy and it’s own lawlessness for their agenda.
Again I ask, how many laws are there in this country? Does anyone have any idea? Including those so busily trying to justify their existence by making more?
In an example of a failed attempt to tally up the number of laws on a specific subject area, in 1982 the Justice Department tried to determine the total number of criminal laws. In a project that lasted two years, the Department compiled a list of approximately 3,000 criminal offenses. This effort, headed by Ronald Gainer, a Justice Department official, is considered the most exhaustive attempt to count the number of federal criminal laws. In a Wall Street Journal article about this project, “this effort came as part of a long and ultimately failed campaign to persuade Congress to revise the criminal code, which by the 1980s was scattered among 50 titles and 23,000 pages of federal law.” Or as Mr. Gainer characterized this fruitless project: “[y]ou will have died and [been] resurrected three times,” and still not have an answer to this question. http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2013/03/frequent-reference-question-how-many-federal-laws-are-there/
Congress keeps making new laws. We remain ignorant of the laws we may break until faced with the consequence of breaking some law we knew nothing about. Then some bureaucrat will arrogantly inform us that ignorance of the law is no excuse.
No one knows how many laws there are in the United States. Apparently, no one can count that high.
They’ve been accumulating, of course, for more than 200 years. When federal laws were first codified in 1927, they fit into a single volume. By the 1980s, there were 50 volumes of more than 23,000 pages.
And today? Online sources say that no one knows. The Internal Revenue Code alone, first codified in 1874, contains more than 3.4 million words and, if printed 60 lines to the page, is more than 7,500 pages long. There are about 20,000 laws just governing the use and ownership of guns.
New laws mean new crimes. From the start of 2000 through 2007, Congress had created at least 452 new crimes, so that at that time the total number of Federal crimes exceeded 4,450.
The irony of all the busy law making is that many of the people making the laws are corrupt. They follow laws if and when they find it convenient.
They follow the laws they like and ignore the ones they don’t. They don’t seem to think that the law applys to them. They are the lawmakers and therefore superior to those they
What laws would I like to see enacted?
I would like to see a law that says every law that congress enacts must, by law, apply to them as it does to any average citizen. It it’s good for us it must be good for them too. Don’t do unto others what you are not willing to do unto yourself!
I would like to see a law that ties any congressional pay raise to presidential elections. Let the people decide if they deserve a raise or not. After all, taxpayers are the ones paying the bills.
I would like to see a law that says before any new law can be signed they must rid us of an old archaic law. The old laws most don’t know about and that no longer pertain to life as we know it today. The way you get rid of a law is to pass another law that kills the first law. Job security for the busy beavers making laws isn’t it?
I would like to see a law enacted that says no law can pass congress without a thorough cleaning out of all the laws on that topic that no longer apply.
I would like whoever is proposing the law to be thoroughly versed in what the new law means, what the old laws covering this topic did or didn’t do and how this law will benefit the majority of Americans.
We must hear what this new law really means not what the proposer says it means.
We must know what the consequences of this new law will be. Congress and politicians are very bad at seeing the consequences of the laws they make. Perhaps that’s because they don’t think laws pertain to them.
There are 20,000 laws governing the use and ownership of guns. Obama, Clinton, media, libs in general want to add more. Can there be anything more to add that hasn’t been covered in 20,000 laws?
My list of laws could be a long one. Because the people making the laws are not to be trusted. Not the worst of them. Not even the best of them. There needs to be laws that constrain them.
Some lawmakers have very good intentions, others do not. Some are simply clueless. Citizens need to keep that in mind.