Pubdate: Mon, 06 Sep 1999
Source: Calgary Sun (Canada)
Copyright: 1999, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Pat Dolan


Who is RCMP Cpl. Griffiths trying to kid? Jonathan Jenkins' report
(Aug. 2) indicated that it was a fairly routine affair: one known gang
member slain by another. Why, then, does RCMP Cpl. Griffiths fear the
slaying may lead to yet more gang-related violence? Prohibition makes
it all so predictable.

I grew up in the 1930s when prohibition of drugs and alcohol
precipitated fierce competition for profits and gang wars. Gangsters
were routinely rubbed out every other day. Prohibition also led to
rampant corruption and the undermining of public order.  Things
continued to get worse until 1933 when Prohibition ended.

Our prohibition is maintained by that unholy trio - police, press and
politicians. They and your neighbourhood dealer have never had it so


SUN editorial note:
(Your alliance doesn't agree on much.)

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