"There are only two reasons laws get passed: for convenience, and to get officials reelected–to make it look like they’re doing something. That’s it. Roaming gangs of murderers are inconvenient, so murder is illegal. Lowering speed limits, which would save countless lives, isn’t done because longer transport times are inconvenient for commerce. Outlawing peanut butter is all about pretending to address a problem–people failing to take personal responsibility for their actions–not about saving some prom queen from dying after her peanut-butter-munching boyfriend kisses her." -Coyote