It's not intended to. If they actually had a "magic bullet" they wouldn't use it. Violence in the streets and mass shootings are too useful.
Sadly I think your right about that. Posture to make it look like your doing something while not actually protecting the children. I am so sick of the hypocrites making laws for me while not following them for themselves. Sen. Menendez is the latest. Im sure he will skate through the campaign fund and hooker issues with no problem.