email@example.com (Mathew Kirsch) wrote in news: firstname.lastname@example.org:
Murder and drug dealing are not comparable to spaming.
NYS started a "Do Not Call" list, with stiff fines for violators, long before the new Federal list. I got right on that NYS list, and annoying sales calls came to a halt. I think I received maybe 2 calls in a year after signing up, and those were early on after signing up. I told those two that I am registered, and if they call again I will report them. They did not attempt another call. It's probably been 8 months or more since I received a sales call of any kind. It works.
But, because it IS illegal, action can be taken against the perpetrator to make sure they don't do it again. If it were legal, we would have to let them kill over and over again and do nothing about it. Are you trying to argue that we should not bother with laws at all?
Some, yes, but those that are spamming to SELL something can not dump their spam and disappear or else no one will be able to buy what they are selling. You don't have to hunt down each and every one to have an impact. If there is RISK involved in spamming, many will choose not to gamble. As I said, my in-home sales calls have grinded to a halt since signing up for the NYS Do Not Call registry. The difficult part is that spammers can operate outside of the country that has anti-spamming laws.