Tag Archive: Turf Battles

DEA Official Loses It Over Marijuana Legalization At Senate Hearing. An Existential Threat To His Agency?





” James L. Capra is a career government official. Much of his life has been spent in drug law enforcement. He is a politician and a bureaucrat. He has constituencies he represents. He has federal money to protect. Ending marijuana prohibition means ending a big part of everything this guy has worked for for a long time. He doesn’t want to see the footprint of the DEA diminish on his watch, which is understandable.”



   Once in power , no one relinquishes it voluntarily . That is the defining rule of bureaucracy and one of the biggest problems in government today . Every law that Congress passes needs to have a sunset clause , especially considering the poor quality of the average legislator and the very high incidence of the unintended consequences that result from the lawmaker’s attitude of “something has to be done” that comes with every “crisis” … TERM LIMITS for all politicians and TERM LIMITS for their “laws” as well .











…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 .








” 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 But this is almost certainly politically infeasible, and if somehow the 14th Amendment were repealed and this law were passed, it would cause violent civil unrest.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. “