Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
Originally posted by marg6043 Criminals will always find ways to get guns and kill you...
But up here, they generally come from you guys down there. Frankly, as a Canadian, we'd be a lot better off if every knob couldn't buy a handgun and
stick it in his trunk when he comes up for the monthly beer run.
Free trade my patoot. And I don't see anything wrong with somebody paying liability insurance for whatever mayhem is commited with his gun.
I'm sure some guns bought in the US go into Canada, but do you really believe making guns illegal will make them disappear?
There are plenty of drugs banned in the US and Canada. However, a phone call can get whatever you want delivered to you in about 15 minutes.
Banning things does not make them go away. It only creates a black market for them which in turn creates more crime. The legislation talked about in
this thread will serve no purpose other than to make poor, legal gun owners into criminals while allowing the rich to keep theirs.
You want to end gun violence, figure out why people are shooting each other and work on that. People have been killing each other for far longer than
guns have existed and they will continue to kill each other even if every gun on earth magically disappeared.
I am not looking at statistics but I would guess that the biggest contributor to gun violence is drug activity. Dealers, junkies, gangs... all trying
to get drugs or sell drugs. If we actually had a real 'war on drugs' much of this, not all, but much could be eliminated. Problem is the solution
isn't politically correct and too many people would be crying for the poor murderers and exploiters of children.
Hardcore drugs... those that make you crazy or ruin your life like meth or crack must be targeted. Marijuana, IMO, could be legalized.
The following is of course greatly simplified but you will get the idea...
One. Close the borders. Make it known. Splash it all over the news, radio, drop fliers if necessary, but let it be known that anyone caught trying to
enter the country illegally will be shot on sight. WHAT?!!?? Don't like it? Don't try to sneak in and you won't get shot. Simple really. You want
to come here, you apply like everyone else does.
Two. All these people caught taking drugs are forced into rehab rather than serving a short time in jail. When released they must be monitored by a
doctor for a predetermined time to ensure they do not relapse. Unfair you say? How about this, don't get caught doing illegal drugs and you won't be
treated like a drug addict. This would also apply to those found addicted to legal drugs acquired illegally.
Three. Let it be known to the world that the war on drugs will be conducted as an actual war. You country has vast fields of drug crops being funneled
to the US? We find out, we destroy them. I'm sure we can whip up some Vietnam era napalm or agent orange in no time. Once again, don't like it?
Don't allow citizens of your country to send illegal drugs to mine or we will take care of it ourselves.
As for the dealers and manufacturers in the US, well they are American Citizens and although they are criminals they are still protected by the
constitution so we can't just go around killing them off. It's a more difficult situation. If you seize everything they have they will probably
return to crime upon release because they don''t have anything. Let's say you seize everything they have and auction it off, saving, say 6 months
worth of the average salary for where they live. Upon release they get this back to get on their feet. I suspect with the supply of drugs drying up
the quantity of dealers would greatly diminish. Simplified, I know.
Off topic? Not really. The reduction in illegal drug activity would greatly reduce the amount of gang activity. This would in turn reduce the amount
of other crimes, which would reduce others including gun crimes.
[edit on 23-2-2009 by Primordial]