The past week has left me in a somber mood. I was trying to write a column about how the law impacts us in our businesses and our lives, and all I could come up with is how flimsy our legal words are in the real world.
In my legal practice over the past 20-plus years, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “but it is illegal.” You have to instruct the woman with the protective order that, just because she has a piece of paper with a judge’s signature, it is very ineffective against a fist or a bullet.
Our laws are only as good as our citizens. The bombing in Boston brought this to the foreground. Just off the top of my head, the bombing would violate much of the criminal statutes relating to murder, mayhem and assault, numerous dangerous material regulations, RICO and hate-crime statutes and probably many more I haven’t even thought of yet.
All of those statutes, laws, threats of punishment and efforts to proactively stop a law violation were for naught, and people were killed and injured.