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If you agree, please join this voice of dissent, and sign the petition to show your support for reducing gun violence directly by reducing a major cause of it: drug prohibition.If we were to legalize and regulate all currently illicit drugs today, we would see a dramatic decrease in gun violence. Cartels and street dealers arm themselves with arsenals to protect their illegal investments and to settle disputes. This culture of using gun violence in settling disputes bleeds into society as a whole and is particularly detrimental to our impressionable youth. Under a system of legalized regulation, the black market drug trade would be a non issue, the resulting carnage would subside and the "gangster" culture would dissolve.
I was just illustrating that there are other areas of crime thugs will move into. Bookmaking, for example.Repeal of prohibition eliminates a lot of violence if our history with alcohol serves as any example. The violence of today's drug prohibition is more global and so much worse than alcohol prohibition and, in the last 40 years, three times longer than alcohol prohibition. The potential profit of illicit drug trade attracts and corrupts many from all walks of life, including the young. Repeal of drug prohibition seems an appropriate talking point during the current discussion on ways to reduce violence in our society.
Extortion doesn't compare to the global economy of illicit drugs. Prostitution is similar to drugs in that it is often a transaction between consenting adults; and there is legal prostitution now and throughout history. Our legal resources should not be bogged down prosecuting consenting adults and, with the windfall of repeal, will be better able to go after prosecuting the predators.
NFA of 1934 was a knee-jerk political palliative for the Valentine's Day Massacre of the prohibition year, 1929. ATF.gov says:Malcolm Kyle:
Prohibition has diverted police resources away from other law enforcement activities with the result that violent crime and crime against property is driven far higher than it would have been otherwise. To the extent that communities divert law enforcement resources from violent crimes to illegal drug offenses the risk of punishment for engaging in violent crime is reduced.
The National Firearms Act of 1934 was actually a direct response to the acute rise in prohibition (1919-33) engendered gun violence.
PROHIBITION EQUATES TO MORE VIOLENT CRIME WHICH LEADS TO MORE CALLS FOR GUN CONTROL
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada reviewed 15 studies that evaluated the association between violence and drug law enforcement. "Our ﬁndings suggest that increasing drug law enforcement is unlikely to reduce drug market violence. Instead, the existing evidence base suggests that gun violence and high homicide rates may be an inevitable consequence of drug prohibition and that disrupting drug markets can paradoxically increase violence."
During alcohol prohibition all profits went to enrich criminals and corrupt politicians. Young men, while battling over turf, died every day on inner-city streets. A vast fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed! Sound familiar?...
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition says,While the NFA was enacted by Congress as an exercise of its authority to tax, the NFA had an underlying purpose unrelated to revenue collection. As the legislative history of the law discloses, its underlying purpose was to curtail, if not prohibit, transactions in NFA firearms. Congress found these firearms to pose a significant crime problem because of their frequent use in crime, particularly the gangland crimes of that era such as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre....
Maintain pressure on all fronts. Even ignoring the aggregate social and economic costs, empirical evidence and an academic report imply that a vote to repeal prohibition is a vote against government gun control. Sign the petition.As street cops, prosecutors, judges and others who have worked in every facet of drug prohibition, and as those who support them, LEAP members know that the overwhelming majority of preventable gun violence is directly and predictably tied to turf battles over the control of currently illegal drugs. As members representing the full spectrum of opinion on gun control, we know that reducing gun violence has little to do with either gun control or gun rights....
As with the last war on drugs (known as Alcohol Prohibition), our current drug policies have created a grinding, ongoing slaughter. Those who deal in illicit drugs lack recourse to non-violent conflict resolution, hence the reliance on guns. Guns for self protection. Guns to expand market share. Guns to send competitors and community activists a message....
Changing our drug policies to end drug prohibition is the single most effective way to drastically reduce gun violence.
IMO this will drive the underground. In MI, we have legalized medical marijuana, a lot of the care givers have come under attack from thugs and gang bangers looking for an easy score. While I agree with ending the drug war, government intervention might not be the best answer.If we were to legalize and regulate all currently illicit drugs today