From the Canadian Press and printed in the Ottawa Citizen, missing the point and making everything worse as a consequence:
The families of four RCMP officers slain in Mayerthorpe, Alta., last spring say similar tragedies could happen again unless the federal government gets tough on crime.So locking up the pot smokers is going to get rid of the crazies in Canada? Well I am sorry for the families who lost their loved ones because of the actions of a violent criminal, but I've commented before on why it is wrong to blame violent crime on marijuana growers and smokers. Criminals might grow marijuana, but the fact that they do is not the 'cause' of their behaviour. In a world where the rights of peaceful individuals were respected, a person growing marijuana would not automatically be branded as a criminal by the police. Violent offenders might drink a lot of alcohol too, and they might eat potato chips, but it is the person, and not the presence or use of a substance, who is responsible for their actions. What is completely overlooked by these families who beg for yet more government interference, is that a criminal is a criminal in virtue of something other than marijuana possession: a criminal is one who violates the peace and security of another individual. The harvesting of a seed does not in itself make one a criminal, unless, of course, there are unjust laws in existence which lock peaceful people up for possessing a plant more profitably left in the hands of the government and the black market.
If more laws are all that are needed to prevent amoral and immoral people from killing police or innocent civilians, than why, despite the existence of such programs as the Gun Registry, does gun crime still exist and in fact at an all time high in Canada?
If more government intervention is all that is required to make us safe, our society should be safer than ever before. This is not the case though, because attempting to correct and prevent one crime by committing another will only serve to keep the jails full and the guns firing. Criminals and wrongdoers will always exist but the answer is not to make false correlations and more business for the black market.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Tuesday, September 27, 2005