The Windypundit (sorry Mark, but I like calling you that!) writes here about what he considers to be
evil suspicious reasons for legislation.
Another example of a free punishment is suspending someone’s driver’s license. To the person who loses their driving privileges, it’s a disruptive life change, but to the government that does it to them, it’s just a database entry and a form letter. So any time politicians want to “get tough” on drunk drivers or parking ticket scofflaws they just tack on a license suspension or increase one that’s already there, because they pay no cost for doing so.
It’s not that there aren’t good reasons for taking away the licenses of drunk drivers and keeping violent felons from owning guns. However, as long as doing so doesn’t cost anything, there’s going to be a temptation to punish too much, just because we can.