May 19, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Glenwood Springs Post Independent "The dangers of legalizing drugs"

Zell Zordel:
"I read your article that described the graphic detail of 49 dismembered bodies found in Mexico that were tied to the drug cartel wars which have been happening since 2006.

The author's state that 47,500 people have perished in drug-related violence so far. It should be pointed out that this does not include the other deaths related to drugs; the thousands of overdoses, suicides, families destroyed, and violent crime that occurs here in the U.S. every year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2009, the number of deaths attributed to drugs exceeded those caused by motor vehicle accidents, killing 37,485. To put that in perspective, the total American casualties in the war on terror to date: Afghanistan: 1,969, Iraq: 4,486. The 18 years of Vietnam, 1957-1975, with a total of 58,156 deaths shows how severe the drug problem truly is.

I am told that drugs are a “victimless crime” by the people that are trying to legalize them. It has been proven multiple times that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder and harder substances.

Government regulation will not make any of these things disappear. We have seen what government regulation has done with regards to alcohol consumption. The Bureau of Justice stated that 73 percent of felonies involve alcohol. What would be the same statistic for legalizing drugs?

We are still talking about addiction fueled crimes here. The only difference is what substance is used. You still have a downward spiral that includes the medical industry on the verge of collapse and the drug cartels still being involved because their product would be cheaper than the highly regulated products provided by the government. This still does not address the other crimes that accompany it, such as human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping and many others....."  (Read more?  Click title)

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1 comment:

FCL said...

All the more often we're seeing the ties and connections to the problems of porous borders. This vicious cycle that claims so many victims with no mercy has a core problem. Drugs. There are no valid arguments for legalization of any kind of recreational drug. Change begins and ends with voters.