[plug] The right to keep and bear source

Leon Brooks leon at brooks.smileys.net
Wed May 5 10:51:18 WST 1999

Greg Mildenhall wrote:
> On Wed, 5 May 1999, Bill Cullen wrote:
>> The real problems in the US are social. Poverty, racial
>> discrimination and a lack of oppurtunities and appropriate role
>> models have led to widespread drug and alcohol abuse which in turn
>> have fueled an increase in voilent crime.
> In fact, far more than half of violent crime in the US today is
> drug-related - a direct result of the government's crackdown on personal
> freedom (ie the right to use such drugs) leading to criminal elements
> attaining vast influence over the most vulnerable youths - the more
> heavily the drug trade is policed, the more expensive the drugs become,
> and the thus more likely people are to commit violent crime.

OTOH, the less regulated the drugs are, the cheaper they become, the
more addicts there are, thus more people are likely to commit violent
crime. Yes, it has been researched, yes it does work this way.

Heads you lose, tails I win. (-:

What's actually happening, I guess, is that the drug laws are a part of
a package, and the rest of the package is turning people towards drugs.
Also, if you crowd animals, they turn violent, homosexual, greedy,
erratic and all manner of like familiar things. It seems likely to me
that some of these problems are simply overcrowding. There are notable
exceptions, and they form a pattern. Any activity which supports stable,
safe nuclear families results in less crime, less drugs, etc. Case in
point, find any bunch of stats on home-schooled chilluns versus
state-schooled chilluns, and the HS are always more honest, peaceful,
drug-free on average.

> There are definite parellels here to how banning guns can make dissidents
> far less likely to be responsible with their firearms.

>> How many people feel that the legislation will actually do what it's
>> supposed to do?
> Don't make me laugh. Those who want to get around the law will, only the
> everyday user will be truly inconvenienced.

Hear, hear!

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