(c) 2013 by Tom King
The President recently declared the War on Terror to be over, ironically just a week or so after terrorists blew up the Boston Marathon. Now people are calling for him to end the War on Drugs. I saw this cartoon which continues the Lib meme that the drug war is causing more deaths than it's worth:
|Some friendly folk in the drug trade who will|
be ever so happy with you for trying to end
their lucrative business.
- Drug War death toll - 5700 over the past FIVE years (generous estimate found on one pro-legalization website) They had to go to back long in order to get collect a high enough death toll to compare it to US deaths in the Iraqi/Afghan war.
- Death from drug overdoses in the US - 37,792 in 2012 (that's ONE year)
- Drug-related deaths in Mexico under Felipe Calderone - Expected to reach 110,000 by the end of the year.
When you surrender to an invasion, that doesn't necessarily stop the killing. The Chinese City of Nanking surrendered to the Japanese. The death toll stood at 370,000 dead AFTER the surrender. Declaring an End to the War on Drugs will no more stop the slaughter than will the President's declaration of an end to the War on Terror. Surrendering to evil men only encourages them to commit more evil.
And do not kid yourself, the folks profiting from the drug trade are evil men and they will not take kindly to efforts to end what is for them a lucrative business. The only way to end their power and the murders that go with it is for people to STOP USING ILLEGAL DRUGS.
|One could safely bet that this pile o' pot |
wasn't for "personal" use.
But that's never where it ends with people who want to end the Drug Wars. Most are ready to set up shop and sell the stuff themselves. If you do get to legally set up your pot shop, you'll probably go broke. It's too easy to grow as a potted plant. If the drug rings leave you alone, it will be because pot actually is a gateway drug and they will appreciate you sending business their way.
If, on the other hand, legal pot really does break their power and destroys their lucrative trade in illegal drugs, then they are going to burn down your pot shop and shoot you in the head for cutting in on their business. And with the end of the War on Drugs, there won't be any cops around to do more than scrape you off the pavement and file your case under "drug deaths" and then forget about you. Remember. They won't be at war with the people who shot you anymore.
I'm just sayin'