computer programs which replace a mechanical or electromagnetic component
What would be realistic examples of this?
We bother outlawing murder, we should bother defining each method of murder. Is strangling worse or better than a claw hammer to the head? Why does it matter if a pistol was used and not an "assault rifle". And why do we go after "assault rifles" when the pistols / revolvers were used?
I'm licensed to drive a car. Why isn't that sufficient for me to operate a big rig?
I realize that the left tends to be more passionate about things, and uses their feelings to judge things, but it doesn't really serve society well. We should judge the results, not the intentions. When I hear "what about the children?" asked, I know whatever comes next isn't about results, it is about how someone feels about something. Tyranny comes next.
You should also realize that the right's gun fetish clouds their judgement at the expense of common-sense gun regulations.This is why assault weapons can be easily obtained by mass-murderers, crazy people, drug dealers, and gang bangers. Tyranny is when you can't safely go to a school, a shopping mall, or a movie theater without becoming a statistic in the latest mass killing.
At some point, laws don't stop people. And making more laws doesn't help.
Then why bother outlawing murder?