Don’t support laws you are not willing to kill to enforce

Libertarians argue that we have far too many laws, and the Garner case offers evidence that they’re right. I often tell my students that there will never be a perfect technology of law enforcement, and therefore it is unavoidable that there will be situations where police err on the side of too much violence rather than too little. Better training won’t lead to perfection. But fewer laws would mean fewer opportunities for official violence to get out of hand.

—Professor Stephen Carter, cited by Ilya Somin, “Don’t support laws you are not willing to kill to enforce”, The Washington Post, 2014-12-05

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