An example of how drug laws kill

1 02 2010

Today I noticed an article entitled, “Thirteen students killed at Mexico party”

My first thought when I saw Mexico and gun violence, was: this must be drug-related. 

The young adults had gathered to watch a boxing match, Lujan said, when two trucks pulled up loaded with armed men who opened fire.

Ten people were killed at the scene and other three died at local hospitals, Chihuahua State Attorney Patricia Gonzales said.

The bodies of the victims, whose ages ranged from 15 to 20, lay scattered around the house where the attack happened.

When the state initiates force against its citizens by attempting to control what substances can or can’t be voluntarily used, this is an injustice.  In addition, the practical consequences will most likely be dire.  Gang violence for example.  Sometimes, the evidence for this is so obvious it requires very little comment.  Yet, the war on drugs will continue in Mexico and in other countries and will continue to harm all of us, doing more damage overall than good. 

Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.3 million people just across the border from El Paso, Texas, is home to several drug cartel bosses who are battling for turf as thousands of troops and federal police try to stop them.

More than 2,250 people were killed there last year alone. 

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