Saturday, December 22, 2012

Would Drug Legalization Result in Fewer Gun Deaths?

Rob Port over at Say Anything has a piece speculating that we might reduce gun violence/deaths by legalizing drugs. You can read Rob's piece here.

This was my reply:
An interesting premise. If Gangbanger A doesn't shoot Gangbanger B over illegal drug traffic, then there is one fewer "gun death". But how would that work in the real world??

Congress legalizes meth, let's say. R J Reynolds opens a Meth-R-Us shop on 4th and Main. The government receives tax revenues from sales and all is hunky spunky. No need to shoot anybody over the meth trade!

Except, what about Gangbanger A and Gangbanger B? Are these guys who are used to a fast buck on the street going to put on a tie and use their experience to clerk at Meth-R-Us? Become greeters at Wal-Mart? Find a job where they have to punch a clock or actually work for a living? Or are they going to find some other illegal activity: a drug we didn't legalize, or legalize in sufficient quantities to satisfy the needs of junkies, or prostitution or gambling or cock fighting or human trafficking. Sooner or later, might a territory dispute over the new illegal activity cause Gangbanger A to shoot Gangbanger B?

Or if Gangbanger A doesn't shoot Gangbanger B, but there's no more illegal drug trade to earn a fast buck, maybe Gangbanger B goes into the armed robbery business. Suppose there are casualties among his victims? Hey! At least Gangbanger A doesn't shoot Gangbanger B!


  1. These drug freaks see dope as a SOLUTION to every societal ill. It's sick.

    Ask one of these assholes what percentage of violent criminals are on some kind of drug when they commit a crime and they get strangely silent. Until they change the subject, of course.


    1. Yeah. No telling how many crimes/homicides are committed by the junkie end user to support their habit.


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