Insightful article on crime problem in Pennsylvania

Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Daily News called its hometown the “City of Blood,” and by all accounts that is a fair assessment for a place with 268 murders and more than 1,330 people shot this year.

So all eyes will be on Harrisburg later this month, when the state House meets in a rare, informal daylong voting session on how to curb violent crime in the City of Brotherly Love and across Pennsylvania.

But where some Philadelphia-area lawmakers see the need for tough new gun-control measures, local legislators and top law-enforcement officials see an opportunity to get to the root of the problem: drugs.

“Gun violence is coming from the drug trade,” said state Rep. Katie True, a Republican from East Hempfield Township. “People who deal in drugs, who make millions of dollars, really don’t care what kind of laws we pass on guns.” . . .

It is pretty hard to stop drug dealers from getting a hold of guns.


Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

You could bet on this one: that the government will do something that has the opposite effect. In the end they will solve nothing and probably make things worse.

The gun ban crowd will use this as an excuse to restrict gun possession for law-abiding citizens; tougher gun laws will have no effect on crime because any new restrictions on guns will be ignored by those involved in the blackmarket for drugs. Police will use it to justify an increase in their budgets. And no politician will attempt to address the solution which is to end Prohibition. A blackmarket for drugs is so lucrative people are willing to risk death to profit from it.

Even though the war on drugs has been fought for decades and has never produced positive results politicians will never admit failure. Rather than admit failure they will force taxpayers to spend more money on more resources to fight an immoral war on drugs and they will continue to blame gun possession and use it as a scapegoat.

Any objective the government pursues usually ends in failure and sometimes has an opposite effect. In this case as long as government makes acquiring drugs illegal and difficult to obtain the more lucrative it makes dealing in drugs.

9/13/2006 2:48 AM  

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