They are wrong, so wrong.
One instant example is the renewed push in the West Virginia Legislature this year to require a doctor's prescription in order to purchase sudafed.
Because of drug addicts using sudafed to manufacture the illegal and devastating drug Meth, West Virginia previously required the over-the-counter sale of sudafed to be purchased directly from the pharmacist, without a prescription, but with the proviso that customers had to identify themselves and sign for the medication prior to purchasing it.
Drug addicts quickly circumvented this requirement by buying their sudafed supplies at multiple pharmacies.
This sudafed prescription requirement legislation passed the House of Delegates last year, but was narrowly defeated in the West Virginia State Senate.
This year, the same legislative push will be made again, and now it even is going to be named after the late Delegate Larry Border, who was a pharmacist.
This is yet another example of government punishing the many because of the bad behavior of a few.
If this legislation is passed, working West Virginia families will have to schedule a costly visit with their family doctor and get a prescription in order to get what previously was an over-the-counter medicine: all because of drug abusers.
Other Mountaineer families, who live in our border counties, simply will step across our state line to buy sudafed elsewhere.
This is not the first time that inventive abusers have found new ways to pursue their addictions.
Common bath salts also often are used for such nefarious purposes.
Further, alcoholic youth often buy vanilla extract, because of its high alcohol content, at neighborhood grocery stores.
Addicts "huff" the vapor in "Redi-Whip", and I'm told that even kitty litter can be used to manufacture addictive drugs.
As a former Criminal Justice Prison Case Manager, I have intense and up close experience with the tragic outcome from the manufacture of and addiction to Meth, not only to the addicts but also to public safety and our neighborhoods.
However, instead of punishing all of us, a more prudent solution simply would be to first try to effect a better coordination of the record of sudafed sales at drug stores with law enforcement, thereby targeting the offenders and not the law abiding public.
You know,these overly broad and ham fisted legislative oversight proposals remind me of a situation years ago in New England, where it was reported that someone had filled a "Super-Soaker" water gun with bleach and subsequently had inflicted great harm. The reaction of a few legislators was to attempt to include water guns as dangerous weapons.
I will be voting against the sudafed prescription proposal.