It is commonly accepted that when tyrants are overthrown and governments with more equitable rule of law are founded then progress has been made. However, the answer to human misbehavior is not the invention of more rules. I think it can be argued that more rule-making will collapse the society which the rules are intended to protect.
Consider the case of Coughlan Fundamental Elementary School in Langley, British Colombia. (Yes, I sometimes read the news
from the Vancouver area - my Dad is from Vancouver and I attended grad school there) In an effort to discourage rough play among kindergartners, the four- and five-year-old are no longer permitted to touch each other at recess. One does not need a Ph.D in education or psychology or to be a prophet to know that this is not going to work. God created kindergartners with little fingers which will poke one another.
Of course, Jesus said he came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. What is the greatest commandment? What is the heart of the Law? Jesus said: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-39).
More laws (and more cameras) in our country and city will not make us safe. How about more love? Anytime a child, woman or man says yes to the love of God, the world is rocked with beauty. In our days and moments with each changing scene, circumstance, challenge and opportunity . . . let's say yes to God's love. Then watch as God sews beauty and hope wherever we go.