Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly: The domino effect of the Prohibition mentality

New Post on the American Hunters and Shooters Association website:

"We remember the Saint Valentine's Day massacre and the gangsters of Prohibition, but this is history we refuse to learn from. Prohibition of drugs leads to violent crime and a burgeoning class of unemployable felons. The murder rates among drug gangs in the US and abroad have led some to call for additional prohibitions on guns. It would be more effective to spit out the original "fly" and do away with prohibition altogether."

What do you think? Is it time to get rid of prohibition in order to protect our civil liberties, including gun rights?

Read the rest and give your feedback there.



Anonymous said...

The stats would lead you to believe this could curb gang activity, but I waver on this because I have seen drugs destroy my family. Part of me says it could work, but the other says it could create more drug addiction.

Alcohol addiction seems to rise and fall, but people stopped killing each other over booz a long time ago.


Zak Johnson said...

I agree drugs are a scourge. Legalization isn't meant to encourage use; it's meant to allow us to treat use and addiction as a health problem instead of a crime, the same way we treat alcoholism today.

As someone wrote on the other post: we fear the worst, but the worst is already happening--and it's the result of our current policies.

Most of us have close friends or relatives who have thrown their lives or potential away because of substance abuse. I would suggest our current system makes it harder for them to get help, as well as encourages the violent, murderous drug culture that has a hold of portions of our country that aren't really much different than Afghanistan as a result.

Zak Johnson said...

p.s. I think people stopped killing each other over booze about the time booze became legal once more.

Doug said...

I just finished reading "Cop in the Hood" by Peter Moskos. On the surface, it's about the year he spent as a police office in East Baltimore. But what the book is really about is the complete failure of the War on Drugs. He spends quite a bit of time talking about Prohibition and the fact that it has the opposite effect of what people want. I think the same is true with Gun Control. I think it's time to legalize and regulate drugs, and also to realize that Gun Control doesn't reduce gun violence.