My letter to the Daily Journal was Printed (but no Link)

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I must make a correction. The murder was within 500 ft. of his parent’s home not his. I should more careful more with my facts.

The Editor
Box 909
Tupelo, MS 38802-0909

I sent an e-mail to our congressman, Roger Wicker, after the May murder and attempted robbery at 615 Magnolia Drive. This criminal act was printed many times in the Daily Journal. The close vicinity of this hideous act to his (and my) home I thought would get his attention about the destructive nature of our drug prohibition laws. Well, it didn’t. The maker of laws does not want to talk about laws; he wants to talk about drugs.

Here is the text of his reply:

“I believe that our nation must continue to fight illicit drug use, especially in children and young adults. Drugs are a danger to American society and pose a serious threat to the safety and stability of our families and neighborhoods. I am committed to continuing to fight this war. I believe that all illegal drug use, including the use of marijuana, is wrong and deserves just punishment.”

The crime committed in my back yard was not the result of illicit drug use; it was created by drug prohibition laws. These laws create a violent marketplace. The drugs do not do this. The laws do it. Acts such as this go unchecked in our large metropolitan areas, leaving dead and injured with no recourse. Of course we should keep psychoactive drugs from children and young adults. Has no one heard of an ID card? No, we drive our children into this horror-able marketplace, only to learn they have been given mistruths and some will become addicts. They and their families will suffer a horror few will know. You say this drug use is wrong and should be punished. Well we have about 30 million addicts in the U.S. now and about 50 million have used marijuana.

Mr. Congressman continues to fight this war with SWAT teams, ramming rods, AK-47s, no knock search warrants, more jails, more drug tests and very little evidence to convict. Continue to punish the mentally ill as criminals.  

Maybe he should come to his congressional district and go with me to the jails, prisons, treatments centers, Salvation Army, detoxification centers, the alleys in Tupelo where the suffering lives are, and touch the hands of those you are saving or fighting (they are the same). Maybe we should drop by for a wake of a young man or woman who has just committed suicide because of drug addiction. We can tell the parents just what you have told me. Sit with me behind a computer and we will search the 33 percent who are imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes, in your district, because of the prohibition laws you of which you are so proud. Then sit and tell me how great these laws are and who are they serving.

Punish the criminal.   

Treat the mentally ill with compassion and restraint, as instructed by the teaching of Jesus Christ.  

Author: harold