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Ted Galen Carpenter Writes :

” In an article over at CNN.com, I discuss a new study that confirms that the war on drugs is an expensive failure. That report from BMJ Open, an affiliate of the British Medical Journal, reaches the damning conclusion, supported by compelling evidence, that drug warriors have consistently failed to achieve their stated objectives.

Among other findings, the report documents that inflation-adjusted and purity-adjusted prices of marijuana, cocaine, and heroin have all decreased dramatically since 1990. That was true in such geographically distinct areas as Europe, the United States, and Australia. In other words, illegal drugs are plentiful and cheap around the world, and there is no indication that the trend is likely to change.

We need to recognize that our second fling with prohibition, this time with respect to such drugs as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, hasn’t worked any better than the first. Indeed, the current version has led to even worse consequences. It is well past time to terminate the futile, disastrous war on drugs. The BMJ Open study gives an abundance of new evidence why the United States needs to set a good example and lead the world away from the folly of drug prohibition.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Big Government Programs That Failed to Achieve Their Goals

 

 

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” Prohibition was instituted with ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution on January 16, 1919, which prohibited the “…manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States…”

Congress passed the “Volstead Act” on October 28, 1919, to enforce the law, but most large cities simply ignored the law and bootlegged alcohol to meet demand, creating a huge black market rife with crime and corruption. Prohibition was repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment in 1933, essentially acknowledging the exercise had been pointless and counter-productive.”

…Ending the Drug War

 

 It is good to remember that the bulk of murders committed in the US are criminals/thugs killing each other and not preying on the innocent . That being said it is also well to acknowledge that a very substantial portion of the criminal murders involve the drug trade . Just as gangsters shot up each other and the occasional bystander during prohibition , gang-bangers and criminals uphold those traditions today in the battle for turf in the drug trade .

 

 

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” Nor is there any certainty that marginal reductions in gun ownership would bring matching reductions in the murder rate. Brazil, for example, has a murder rate more than four times as high as the U.S., with less than 10% of the gun ownership that we have. In other words, it’s possible that appreciably reducing gun murders might require a truly huge (and unrealistic) reduction in gun ownership. Now, if the U.S. banned gun ownership, and confiscated all the guns that people currently own, it would probably be very effective. But this is almost certainly politically infeasible, and if somehow the 14th Amendment were repealed and this law were passed, it would cause violent civil unrest. Additionally, lots of people could hide their guns. The effort required to confiscate them would be likely to turn our country into a police state. So universal gun confiscation is out. “

As Usual , Government Offering Solutions To Non-Existent Problems

 ” It’s pretty cool, but not mind-blowing. In fact, Tannerite being hard to detonate is precisely why it is used as a shooting target. Even when it’s mixed, it’s not very inclined to go off. You have to use a high-energy impact to start the explosion, such as a bullet traveling at supersonic speeds, or another explosion, like one generated by a blasting cap. So even if Tannerite itself isn’t regulated, the means to detonate it are.
Tannerite’s record for being used maliciously and causing injury is practically non-existent. There are far more abused materials, like gasoline, that they are not calling to be regulated. Not that it is completely safe and that there are no risks, but if you’re at a live fire range, there are definitely more important things to be mindful of.

Of course we still urge all shooters to be careful with the stuff, whether you’re shooting half a pound of it or 50. And as always when working with something that’s explosive, don’t use it if you can’t control any potential fire. We don’t want shooting to lead to wildfire. But worry more about that guy who keeps muzzling everyone around him while he’s got his finger clearly inside the trigger guard. “

Robert Farago

   ” I could cite stats proving that American gun rights are ascendant. This site has more than 5,000 posts making that point. As you know, those who oppose the spirit and letter of the Second Amendment have no more interest in facts than fans of Candice Swanepoel have in seeing the South African model
become a latter day Anita Bryant .

   Gun control advocates will never rest until the collectivist spirit is expressed—or re-expressed—by the curtailment of our individual right to keep and bear arms. “