It seems only a matter of time before more innocent bystanders are killed in a gangland shooting.
Alcohol prohibition in the U.S. years ago caused gangland wars and shootings to a huge degree. The cost in human lives and money spent on police and court time was huge. In the end, prohibition was ended by the government.
Now we have a similar problem, similar gang shootings and similar costs to the taxpayers. Unfortunately, the war against drugs is being lost worldwide. Their import, by air, tunnels and even submarines is increasing, despite all the efforts of the authorities.
Perhaps the logical solution is to declare all drugs legal, and bring the importation and selling under government control. This would remove the profit made by gangs, who would then lose interest in their control.
Undoubtedly, many persons will use these harmful substances. They must be made aware that the effects of such stupid acts will be their responsibility. The government will not be responsible or pay for treatments.
It’s time that people everywhere learn that they, and they alone, are responsible for their actions.
Pubdate: Sun, 21 Aug 2011
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011 Times Colonist
Author: Geoffrey Vale