The Drug War Is Bad, MMMKay?

Radley Balko is all over the Cory Maye case. I leave it to you to go and read up on the particulars. Before you go, here’s a thought or two for you.

What should your response be to someone breaking into your house in the middle of the night? Assume you’re sound asleep and the first thing you hear is the door breaking down from a tactical entry. What do you do? Chances are good that if you, like some of us, have firearms around the house, you’re going to open fire. If you’re any kind of a marksman, you should do some damage to someone.

Who is at fault? You? The officers who decided a tactical entry was needed? A judge that feels the word of an anonymous informant is sufficient cause to break down your door in the middle of the night? A policy failure of enormous proportions called the War on Drugs?

I’ll pick that last one. The Drug War has done a fabulous job of creating more problems than it solves. Too bad some of the problems it creates are corpses. Of course, as long as one more non-violent marijuana possessor swells the ranks of our prison population, it’s worth it. Isn’t it?


Blogger coblin said...

Oh god, I agree. The Drug War has created so many social problems. The thing that annoys me is that the staunch defenders of the war on drugs usually argue against the war on drugs, but pointing the blame on drugs instead.

For example: advocates on the war on drugs believe that drugs are causing criminal behaviour. If we look at the issue closer, we realise that the high cost of drugs (the user pays a tax for the dealer who is doing the risky illegal deed) is what motivates secondary-drug crimes. Sometimes, defenders will even talk about statistics, and when asked to reveal them, they're actually statistics of the drug dealers being jailed up.

4:47 PM  
Blogger brian said...

The war on drugs makes sense if you do not accept the "on paper" reasons as the "actual" ones that motivate the policies and actions.

8:07 PM  

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