When politicians feel voter wrath over high crime rates, they always take measures that punish and demonize citizens who obey the law. These phony crimefighters raise taxes, restrict free speech, invade privacy, ban things, and pass useless, feel-good window dressing legislation. None of these measures, of course, reduces crime or helps citizens defend themselves against criminals. Yet we keep voting these political hacks and demagogues into office. It's all so bogus and disheartening. Shame on us.