Shorter Mexican drug war survivors…

“Let’s legalize drugs and ban guns!”

It really is the damnedest thing. So many of those who support ending the War on Drugs because it has failed seem to want to ramp up the War on Guns. To be fair, the situation is reversed among those on the right — but there seems to be something that none of them get. If there were no black market turf for the drug dealers to defend — from the cartel level all the way down to the street level — there very well could be less violence. And what violence that remained — in this country, at least — could very well be chalked up to factors that don’t really have anything to do with the drugs themselves.

I don’t know. I could be blowing smoke. But it strikes me as funny that so many of those who claim drugs should be legalized because the laws against them (and the effort to enforce those laws) have been a complete and utter failure, claim out of the other side of their collective mouth that those very same laws and efforts will work when the target is something different.

Of course we shouldn’t champion them if they would work, because they’re all undue restrictions on liberty for a temporary, ephemeral feeling of safety. And we all know what Thomas Jefferson Ben Franklin (thanks, Crotalus) said about those who would trade liberty for safety.

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2 Responses to “Shorter Mexican drug war survivors…”

  1. mattexian Says:

    There’s plenty of days when I have a strong libertarian streak and would much prefer that the gubmint get it’s nose out of our business, whether it’s what we put into out bodies, or what we choose to defend our homes with… then there’s days where if I were the Supreme Overlord, anybody who chose not to own a firearm would be sterilized, as that refusal to have a basic tool for protecting yourself and your family (as well as defending your rights to “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness”) would be prima facia evidence of a deep sociopathic mental illness, which should not be allowed to reproduce, in order to protect society!

  2. Crotalus Says:

    Uhhh, that’s Ben Franklin who said that about liberty and safety.

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