Prohibition did more for organized crime than the Thompson sub-machine gun ever could. It provided an unlimited, untaxed income windfall and the good fellas never looked back.
For all its good intentions, the 18th Amendment and our current war on drugs prove we can’t keep illegal products out of people’s hands. It’s time to focus on those behind the misuse of dangerous products. Gun dealers are no more responsible for gun deaths than automobile dealers are for fatalities on and along our roads.
One of the more shocking crime statistics comes from President Obama’s hometown. Since January, over 600 have been killed on the streets of Chicago with firearms. The triggers were pulled, mostly, by young thugs who have chosen the gang/drug culture as a way of life — and death.
A civilized society interested in solutions must hold accountable those who have failed in their parental duties. The dysfunctional homes that create gangsters are commonly presided over by a poor, single mother whose children were born out-of-wedlock.
Before Chicago becomes the norm for America, we must have the courage to address the provenance of violent criminals. If we halt the production line of neglected, throw-away children, the availability of firearms becomes irrelevant.
It is time to focus on those who inflict undisciplined children on society. Children with a chip-on-the-shoulder attitude, devoid of values, self-control and hope.