Retired Police Captain Explains Why The War on Drugs Is Complete And Utter Failure

LEAP co-founder, Peter Christ, appears on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY and takes on all aspects of our disastrous War on Drugs. Captain Christ is vice-chair of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition of Drugs. 

You think you can do things the same way over and over, but it does not work. This is the definition of insanity. We can fight the war on drugs, but it is a lose, lose battle. No one wins this war. 
If someone believes that drugs can be kept out of schools, prisons or communities, that is insane, because every school, community and prison has drugs available to anyone who wants them. 
Being tougher on drug dealers does not work either. That war has been lost also. The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but crime due to drugs is still increasing, and the drugs are more pure, more powerful and more available than ever before.  
Legalizing drugs is NOT condoning the USE of drugs. Smokers and those who indulge in alcohol do not feel ‘condoned’. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco is primarily a healthcare and education issue, not a criminal issue. 
You can drink and smoke in public.  We have regulations about smoking and drinking. We can have regulations about taking drugs in public or at work. Most of those regulations are already in place, such as drug testing, rehab, etc. 
Prohibition against alcohol did nothing but make the whole industry go underground, and radically increase the violence rate. After Prohibition was repealed, the crime rate dropped radically. The same thing will happen when drugs are all legalized. 
If Prohibition is such a good idea, why don’t we bring back Alcohol Prohibition, Tobacco Prohibition, and Sex before marriage Prohibition laws? We are spending 70 BILLION each year to try and get people to stop doing something that they will do anyway. We can create a lot of jobs with that kind of money. 
We could bring back capital punishment and make drugs laws even more severe. Why not put people to death for using drugs? We could hang people in public squares in every city, on a daily basis. We could put that on TV and have religious leaders rail against drug use. We could lop off heads of drug users, such as the French did in the Middle Ages. But is that the kind of society we want? Do we really want to become fundamentalist like the Saudis, and make everything illegal? 
Do we really want to create a whole host of ‘moral’ laws and punishments? If we go this direction, we will  end up having to make use of alcohol and tobacco a capital offense, worthy of the death penalty for anyone caught smoking and drinking. 
Women will be forced to cover up from head to toe in order to prevent rape or be punished. Skinny dipping or going to a nude beach will be a death penalty offense. We will have to put to death any woman having an abortion. We will have to repeal women’s right to work and vote because the  Bible says so and punish them if they try. We will have to put gays and those having sex before marriage and with anyone other than their spouse to death as well, because these are all ‘moral’ lapses according to the Holy book. Watching racy movies will be a crime punishable by death.  Is that what we REALLY want? 
The above is the Old Testament way of living; an eye for an eye, revenge is sweet and laws or rules for EVERYTHING. No one will be able to live,  breathe or have fun, because that is illegal too. If we really want to follow the Old Testament, there is going to be a LOT of capital punishment hanging or chopping off of heads… Here are all of the ‘moral’ crimes punishable by death in the Old Testament. 
  • Adultery (Leviticus 20:10-12, man and woman)
  • Lying about virginity. Applies to girls who are still in their fathers’ homes, who lie about their virginity, and are presented to their husband as a virgin. The accused is guilty until proved innocent. (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)
  • The daughter of a priest practicing prostitution (death by fire) (Leviticus 21:9)
  • Rape of a virgin who is engaged. If she is not engaged you only have to marry her and give her father 50 shekels. No mention is made of the girl’s opinion, and no punishment is specified for raping a single non-virgin female. (Deuteronomy 22:25)
  • Being the victim of rape, if one is an engaged female virgin and the rape occurs in a city. If it takes place in a field, the victim is spared because nobody would have heard her screams. (Deuteronomy 22:23-27) Presumably, virgins who scream for help inside a city will always be rescued.
  • Men practicing bestiality. (Both man and animal die). (Leviticus 20:15[4]
  • Women practicing bestiality (Both woman and animal die). (Leviticus 20:16[4]
  • Having sex with your father’s wife, as distinct from “your mother”, as it was common practice for men at the time to have several wives. (both die) (Leviticus 20:20)
  • Having sex with your daughter-in-law. (Leviticus 20:30)
  • Incest. (Leviticus 20:17[5]
  • (for men): Sex with a man in the same manner as sex with women. Generally interpreted as male homosexuality. The girls seem to get a free… errrr …ride on this one. (Leviticus 18:22)
  • Marrying a woman and her daughter. They are all burnt to death (Leviticus 20:14)
A couple of these demand that the “sinners” be burned to death rather than stoned — which was the more usual form of capital punishment. One can wonder why these crimes in particular merit this especially horrible fate.

[edit]Religious laws

[edit]Parents and Children.

[edit]Violent and legal crimes

Deuteronomy 19:20 explicitly identifies that the purpose of this is deterrence. “The rest of the people will hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing (malicious and false testimony by one man against another) be done among you.” Presumably all the other death penalties are assumed to be for deterrence as well.
  • Ignoring the verdict of a judge – (or a priest!) (Deuteronomy 17:8-13).
  • Not penning up a known dangerous bull, if the bull subsequently kills a man or a woman. Both the animal and the reckless owner of the dangerous bull are to be put to death. (Exodus 21:29)

[edit]Things that don’t go anywhere else.

  • Living in a city that failed to surrender to the Israelites. (Kill all the men, make the women and children slaves.) (Deuteronomy 20:12-14)

[edit]Possible grounds for execution.

The following carry the punishment of being “cut off from his people”. Some people seem to feel that this is the same as the death penalty, although the ancient Israelites may simply have interpreted it as exile.

Or should we live more by the law of love, which was and still is promoted by (JC) who was killed for saying this and other things like forgiving your enemies and not punishing people for things like prostitution?

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