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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Former directors of drug control policy for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, William J. Bennett and John P. Walters, warn that current sentencing reform legislation pending in Congress will unleash more carnage on American communities already suffering from the deadly consequences of drug addiction:

    The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act now before Congress is based on a lie — that drug dealing is not a violent crime. Americans have been told this lie for years even as we witness the violence and death caused by drug dealers in our communities. Now, this lie is propelling legislation through Congress that will destroy more lives.

    As former directors of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, we carry a particular responsibility to speak up when so many who should know better claim that drug trafficking has been treated too harshly under federal law.

    Claims by President Obama and others that federal prisons are filled with “nonviolent drug offenders” and that drug dealing is a “victimless crime” are grotesquely dishonest. How can the drug trade be victimless when most Americans know a victim? How can it be non-violent when we witness the carnage every night on the local news?

    The countless Americans victimized by drugs know the truth, as does anyone who has looked at the facts about America’s prison population.


    Drug dealing is inseparable from violent victimization. Illegal drugs kill tens of thousands each year in overdose deaths. More die in violent acts and accidents under the influence of drugs. Still more die slowly of blood-borne diseases contracted through injection drug use and through high-risk behavior while under the influence of drugs, including prostitution to support addiction. Street-level dealers look into the eyes of these victims daily as they take addicts’ money and foster their self-destruction. Traffickers at levels above the street know this reality and take their wealth from it, spreading death across neighborhoods and across the globe.

    No family that has lost a child or a mother or a brother to addiction can be told there are no victims. No school or community believes the empty rhetoric that a lost child was “only hurting herself.” There are too many innocent victims, from the infants born addicted to the grandparent who stands beside the grave of the child of their child.

    Breitbart/May 9, 2016
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. aemetha
    I think it would be naive for anyone to suggest that drug dealing inherently doesn't have a certain element of violence associated with it (as does the legal sale of Alcohol though and to a much greater extent), but this testimony completely neglects to acknowledge the role of the criminalisation of the act in fostering violence.

    It's all very well to complain about there being too many victims, but if not for criminalisation drug supply would not be dominated by organised crime, supply would be regulated, proper quality checks of drugs could be instituted, and safe use sites would dramatically reduce the risk of overdose deaths.

    There are too many victims, that is indisputable. People need to begin looking at both sides of the issue though. Testimony like this from people who are experts in the field does everyone a disservice.
  2. nomud
    By their logic automobiles should be immediately banned.Which is in it self
    ludicrous.I've seen quite a few fatal wrecks.One a Corvette mowed thru a crowded street of people,
    came to rest on the front of a police car.Where the police were standing,one of which was
    thrown thru the windshield by the collision force.Happened in about three seconds.Likely fifteen
    victims,five fatal.I also theorize that flakka was a setup by rogue government agencies.It's in
    nature for some organisms to alter their mood.Kitty loves catnip ;) and fast cars.The two don't mix well.
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