(Originally posted at Liberty On Tour on October 9th.)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – This past Monday when in Austin I joined a few friends – John Bush, Heather Fazio, Gabe Bigger and Monica Mercado – at the monthly Public Safety Commission meeting. On the agenda was the Joint Juvenile Gang Taskforce briefing, featuring comments by DEA, FBI, TX Dept. of Public Safety and Austin Police Department personnel about juvenile gangs in the area and their relationship to drug prohibition.
All of these law enforcement agents readily admit their inability to stem the violence that accompanies drug prohibition, and for good reason – economics.
Despite certain substances being deemed “illicit” by bureaucrats there still exists a demand for those substances. More punitive punishments will only add to their already-artificially-high prices and escalate the accompanying violence. Not to mention even more usurpation of individual rights by those who purport to protect us.
So what’s the answer?
John, Heather and I had a chance to share a few thoughts with the bureaucrats. I’m a realist – I don’t expect any of them to tomorrow publicly announce their opposition to drug prohibition, but I do know that more and more regular folks – many of whom have been negatively effected by such policies – are vocalizing their opposition to such rights-violating and resource-misallocation policies – only further eroding the authority blindly granted to the State.
It’s only a matter of time!