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Another shooting. More of the same tired arguments from Left and Right.
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Let me rehash the various pundits you'll be hearing for the next few weeks:
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Left: "if only we had gun control! Australia!" Right: "it wouldn't have mattered in THIS incident!" Over and over with no effect.
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As usual, it will be a dead end bc it pits the identity of one American tribe against another despite their agreement on many of the issues.
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I have a different suggestion, one that I know will be much more effective...
End the drug war.
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Ending the drug war means #decriminalizing possession of small to medium amounts of drugs and sending people to treatment instead of prison.
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What does the drug war have to do with gun violence? A lot.
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We already know it will effectively curb drug abuse because Portugal has already done it and it has had a dramatic positive effect.
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What it will also do is cut into the market for illicit drugs due to reduced demand from effective treatment.
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Reduced demand for cartels means reduced drug trafficking and reduced drug-related violence.
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This would take a big chunk out of the drug-related gun deaths that happen every year in this country.
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But by far the largest share of gun deaths every year are suicides! Over 22,000 in 2015.
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@joerogan was right when he tweeted: "This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem."
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Drug #decriminalization will necessitate a big investment in the mental health infrastructure in this country - currently non-existent.
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It would help both people struggling with addiction and issues that may lead a person to commit suicide, or snap and go on a killing spree.
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To summarise...
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#decriminalization = smaller illicit drug market = less gun deaths
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#decriminalization = better mental health infrastructure = less sucide and less mass shootings
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But that's not the end of it!
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Every day over 100,000 people are in jail for simple possession, often poor and unable to pay bail, they spend months there.
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"Habitual offenders" serve life sentences for drug possession in this country, and many lives are forever tainted by criminal records.
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Taking people's freedoms away for the victimless crime of putting something in their own body...
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taking them away from their friends and families and the very support systems that could help them overcome their problem...
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and ruining their chances for a job or some other meaningful endeavor which could replace their dependency is UNJUST.
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I'm not even going to go into the terrible effects the drug war has had on medical research around #marijuana, #psilocybin, and #MDMA.
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This is a no-brainer and it will happen because what we're doing isn't working and is actually making the situation 1000x worse.
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This is something that both the Left and the Right must get behind to remain consistent with their proclaimed principles.
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This is a fight against the suffering of our fellow citizens, against the tearing apart of our families and social fabric.
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This is a fight against #government ineptitude, waste, and overreach.
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It is a fight against injustice that future generations will shudder at in the same way we shudder at the darkness of our #history.
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#Demand it.
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