Sorry, Barry, but decreasing immigration won’t solve the problem. Those using the illegal drugs bought from violent drug dealers are mostly otherwise law-abiding Canadian citizens. I would bet that some of those people screaming for harsher laws for drug related crimes think nothing of having an occasional drag on a reefer or a snort of cocaine. One would think that we had learned a lesson from the Prohibition disaster that created the Mafia. Short of a mandatory death penalty for anyone caught with or selling an illegal drug, it is impossible to stop consumption of a drug desired by huge segments of a population. Ironically, it is the legal addictions to tobacco, alcohol, casinos and junk food that kill orders of magnitude more people than all the illegal drugs combined. So the solution to drug related violence is legalization and control of all drugs and intensive treatment and research into addiction.
Tough on crime (in theory)
27 Feb 2009
Will the federal Conservatives’ new package of anti-gang m e a s u r e s make a difference on the street? It’s hard to say. The implementation of criminal justice depends on a chain of trust including not only elected legislators, but judges,…read more…