posted on Mar, 19 2018 @ 04:03 PM
So Trump is apparently going to outline some proposed changes to the laws that would allow for the death penalty for drug dealers. I have yet to read
the exact language, as I fdont think it has been released.
However, I will take the Trump camp at their word and assume this wont be for low level dealers, but more for like kingpin types.
Even with this stipulation, I find this whole push to be ridiculous.
The first and less important reason is that as heinous as it is to push drugs, it is still not a crime worthy of the death penalty in my eyes. We
have rapist, child molestors, killers and all other sorts of directly violent crimes being given soft sentences all of the time, so what sense does it
make to use capital punishment for drug dealing.
I worry that this could lead to a situation where small time drug dealers are given harsher penalties too, perhaps not the death penalty but more
prison time. I lean libertarian, and do not want the government having more control over the choices I make as long as they are not directly
affecting other people.
But that point is complicated and nuanced, and I could go on all day explaining it.
The most significant reason Trump death penalty for dealers rhetoric is dumb is because it takes the conversation away from the bigger culprit; the
The greed of these companies to push dangerous pain medications on people, even children, with very little oversight is disgusting, and how many
people first get involved in opiates. Although I think punishments should be enacted, to me the most important step is stopping further people from
getting needlessly hooked on these drugs in the first place by passing laws and oversight these prescriptions.
One major step for that could be legalizing marijuana as a pain medication, that is not only effective, but far less addictive and dangerous than the
I feel like Trumps plan is just all geared toward driving an emotional response, and in addition to doing nothing to solve the root cause of much of
the crisis, in fact could lead to worse problems by shifting that focus away.