Pretty much, yeah.Quote from proletaria
Our prisons are currently too full of marijuana offenders to house all the true dangers to society, sorry.
Our antiquated drug laws are a huge part of what ultimately leads to violent crime in the U.S.
Not to say users aren't committing many violent crimes, but the drug lords who fight for supply and territory do commit many violent crimes.
This also brings me to what I do find offensive about sensational stories like this theater massacre. And that's that people in urban areas, decaying cities live in some of the worst crime ridden areas of all and a lot of that crime stems from poverty and ridiculous drug laws. But it's not really news that some poor neighborhoods are getting shot up all the time over drug dealers fighting for real estate.
We're so fascinated by the random shooter who was seemingly normal and had a good life going for him. And yeah I'll admit I'm fascinated by it also, but only to a point. Beyond that point, I really don't think there's a lot to learn in terms of societal behavior by the killing spree of this guy. I mean, even suicide bombings happen frequently enough that we have begun to find sociological explanations for them and have even dispelled the myth that suicide bombers are not necessarily insane as opposed to just extremely socialized. But a lone shooter like this, there is a deep psychological explanation for his behavior perhaps, or maybe there is not that even.
What I'm saying is I think it's overestimated in what there is to learn from this incident. Yet the media will plug it into their overextended news cycle and bring in analysts and pundits and just as I knew they would, they will politicize and sensationalize what happened. And I think that's offensive just because there are other incidents of gun violence, such as those connected to gang violence and the drug trade. And we understand the patterns and the solutions to these kinds of deaths by firearms, only they happen more over time and not all at once in a nice bundle of a news story.
I mean, sure enough, it seems much of this conversation has devolved into a gun control debate. But like I said, gun violence is a symptom of a much larger problem such as poverty or outdated drug laws. We all remember prohibition. Well none of us were alive during that time, but we were all taught about it. They could've done all the gun control in the world during that time and still people would've been getting gunned down like crazy. And why? Because there was money to be made in bootlegging. And because people had to fight over product and territory because they could not do it by legitimate means. It's no different today with the war on drugs. And that's one of the real causes of gun deaths each year.
So if you restrict guns more, you're kind of applying a treatment, but that's still ignoring the fundamental problem. There are still too many incentives connected to owning a gun (legal or otherwise). Even regular middle class folk who live in the suburbs, they own guns a lot of the time out of fear. They feel they must protect themselves because their neighbor's house or car was broken into and now they're scared. Most property crimes are caused by people who need money for drugs or they are simply in poverty and they're resorting to a life of crime to help sustain themselves.
So poverty, drugs, these are the things I see leading to all the violence in this country. But Americans are tired of that conversation. And no politician wants to decriminalize drugs or lessen the mandatory sentencing laws for drug offenses because that makes them appear soft on crime. And being soft of crime doesn't get you reelected. And unfortunately, poor people don't really vote that much.