Pubdate: Sun, 08 Jul 2012
Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL)
Copyright: 2012 Sun-Times Media, LLC
Author: Kirk Muse


I liked James E. Gierach's thoughtful letter in the July 5 Sun-Times:
"To stop killings, take profit out of guns."

But I did not like the title you assigned to it. Gierach did not
advocate removing profit from gun sales. He advocated removing the
profit from drugs.

I'd like to add that drugs and gangs seem to go hand-in-hand.

 From 1920 to 1933, alcohol and gangs went hand-in-hand. Back then,
alcohol was completely unregulated, untaxed and controlled by criminal
gangs - just like meth and other recreational drugs are today.

If all drugs were legally available in local pharmacies for pennies
per dose, would criminals gangs be involved with them? No. Would drug
users be constantly seeking new drug users to pay for their habit?

If we re-legalized all our illegal drugs so that they could be sold by
licensed and regulated businesses for pennies per dose, would this
eliminate our drug problems? No. Will we ever be able to eliminate our
drug problems? No. However, doing so would substantially reduce the
crime rate and increase public safety.

Regulated and controlled drugs would be of known purity, known potency
and known quality, which would make them very much safer than today's
black-market drugs.

But what message would we send to children if we re-legalized all
illegal drugs so they could be sold in licensed, regulated and taxed
business establishments?

The same message we send to children today when we allow products such
as alcohol and tobacco to be sold in licensed, regulated and taxed
business establishments.

A free country's government cannot protect its adult citizens from
themselves. A free country's government has no right to attempt to do

Kirk Muse
Mesa, Ariz.
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