If they wanted to reduce gun deaths why not eliminate Drug Prohibition? The elephant in the closet.
It worked for alcohol prohibition.
I note it is never mentioned by pro gun folks either.
I’m pretty sure if you did a poll of gun bloggers you’d find most of them would admit that the War on Drugs is an abject failure and maybe we should rethink it.Â The problem is, there’s virtually no political support for this position.Â I think the reason for this is that parents envision drug decriminalization as making it easier to sell drugs to their kids, or making it more likely their kids will do drugs.
If decriminalization does happen, it won’t happen fast, and there probably won’t ever be political support for legalizing, say, heroin.Â But we do indeed pay a high price in terms of cost and liberty trying unsuccessfully to keep drugs out of this country, and our inner cities pay most of the cost of the violent black market that results from prohibition.
I actually do tend to use the drug war’s abject failures with people who argue that despite that, we can be successful at keeping guns out of the country.