Chuck Sweeney, Rockford Illinois:
Much of our crime is fueled by the sale of illicit drugs, of course, and as long as our country continues to wage its failing “War on Drugs,” drugs will continue to have a wildly inflated street value. I’ve long thought that legalization, regulation and taxation is the way to control these substances, the same way we regulate alcohol, an extremely dangerous drug we once tried to ban but learned after 14 years the tragic mistake of thinking that government could ban a substance that tens of millions of people were willing to break the law to buy.
Some of you will cry for more gun control. Clearly, that is not going to happen. But so what? Guns have always been easy to acquire in the U.S. What’s changed is that the societal brakes on their use have come off.