False Equivalence

Posted by Alexander Snitker February 28, 2013 Comments are off 143 views


By Alan Brooks

There were 37,485 deaths due to drug overdoses in 2009 in the United States. That includes suicide by overdose, accidental overdoses, and intentional poisonings. This is unacceptable and needs to stop. We need to put some reasonable restrictions on drugs in order to save lives. Now we’re not talking about drugs used by doctors or paramedic, those save lives and we need them. We also realize that some people use drugs for recreation and relaxation. We are not advocating taking away their drugs or saying that they aren’t free to do what they want to do with their bodies, but they don’t need LSD, Adderall, psilocybin, heroin, mescaline, or Vicodin to relax. Those “hard core” drugs are far too dangerous to be safely consumed outside of a laboratory and have no place in civilized society. People can still have just as much fun with other drugs like alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.

Marijuana may not be as dangerous as the others, but it seems a lot like the other ones so we should probably ban it as well because if we can save just one life, it will be worth it. So we’ll ban all of those and set some basic guidelines for a lot of the other ones that will keep our streets and schools safe from the menace of drug overdoses. We’ll require people to get written permission from a physician to allow them limited use of specific drugs and those drug owners will have to keep a record of their permit to keep and use their drugs and ban the sale or transfer of restricted drugs by anyone other than a licensed pharmacist.

Our critics say that this won’t work. They say that people who are going to overdose on drugs are going to do it regardless of whether or not they are legal and that millions of otherwise law-abiding drug users will be forced to give up their hobby or become criminals themselves. “When drugs are outlawed, only outlaws will have drugs,” they say. They argue that banning drugs will create a lucrative black market that will attract criminal organizations and lead to more deaths than the drugs themselves as they fight with each other and with law enforcement.

They say that drug manufacturers will simply change their products cosmetically to avoid the new laws and that in a few years we will be passing laws banning long lists of chemicals with names like: Acetyl-alpha-methylfentanyl, Acetylmethadol, Allylprodine, Alphacetylmethadol (except levo-alphacetylmethadol, also known as levo-alpha-acetylmethadol, levomethadyl acetate, or LAAM), Alphamethadol, Alpha-methylfentanyl (N-[1-(alpha-methyl-betaphenyl) ethyl-4-piperidyl] propionanilide; 1-(1-methyl-2-phenylethyl)-4(N-propanilido) piperidine)… 

They say that the vast majority of Americans use their drugs responsibly and they point out that countries with lax drug laws have fewer overdoses than countries with strict drug laws. They say that we tried prohibition back in the 1930s and it didn’t work then so why would it work now. They say that this country was founded on an idea of individual liberty, but that was over 200 years ago and the Founding Fathers certainly never dreamed that pipe tobacco and whiskey would be replaced with opium and amphetamines.

These “liberty extremists” argue that drug education programs in schools and medical treatment for addicts would be more effective than a ban, but what they really want is more drugs, more recklessness, and more drug overdoses. What they need to be thinking about creating a society where America’s children will be safe from the horrors of drugs.

There were 31,347 deaths due to guns in 2009 in the United States.. That includes suicides with a firearm, accidental shooting deaths, and intentional shootings. This is unacceptable and needs to stop. We need to put some reasonable restrictions on guns in order to save lives. Now we’re not talking about guns used by military or law enforcement use, those save lives and we need them. We also realize that some people use guns for recreation and hunting. We are not advocating taking away their guns or saying that they aren’t free to keep an bear arms, but they don’t need AR15s, FALs, Saiga 12s, 30 round magazines, .50 caliber sniper rifles, or armor piercing ammunition to hunt. Those “assault” guns are far too dangerous to be safely used outside of a war-zone and have no place in civilized society. People can still have just as much fun with other guns like muskets, revolvers, and double barrel shotguns….  “Oh come on,” you scoff. “That’s clearly a false equivalence; drugs and guns are not at all the same.”

Correct you are. They both save more lives than they take, but there are many important differences as well. There are few diseases that can kill you in the time it takes an ambulance to drive you to the hospital, but there are many people who can kill you in the time it takes for a police car to drive to your house. The prohibition of drugs is responsible for much of the gun violence in the U.S. (although the reverse is not true). Recreational drug use can cause serious health problems, whereas recreational gun use can cause improved hand-eye coordination. I strain my imagination trying to think of a way fo marijuana to be useful in the highly unlikely event that the government oversteps its bounds and tries to oppress its people and the differences go on and on.

The biggest difference, however, is that there is nothing in the Bill of Rights that says that “the right of the people to keep and use drugs shall not be infringed” and there are no Supreme Court rulings that say that people have an individual right to drug ownership, for the purpose of pathological prophylaxis, or that this right includes those drugs commonly used in hospitals. We can have a debate about the pros and cons of drug prohibition, but we cannot have a debate about the pros and cons of firearms prohibition until the Second Amendment is repealed.

So if you want to ban guns, I’ll tell you how to do it. All this flim-flam about banning “high-capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” is just political showboating. What you have to do is convince Congress to pass a 28th Constitutional Amendment repealing the Second Amendment. If you can do that then we don’t have to stop with “assault weapons,” we could ban all guns. And if we survive the ensuing Civil War, we can live in a gun-free Utopia and finally… truly… be free. Just like we’re free from drugs.

 

About Alexander Snitker

Alexander Snitker is a United States Marine veteran and the first Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate from the State of Florida. Currently he is the Co-host of the Liberty Underground Radio show, Vice Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, Director of The Liberty Empowerment Institute, Executive Director of the Save America Foundation and President of the Liberty First Network. Website: http://www.AlexanderSnitker.com E-Mail: Alex@1787Network.com

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