Drug legalization debunked in 2 minutes

It’s become popular for both liberal and libertarian journalists to blame the war on drugs for not just drug related problems but also the daily shootings in cities like Chicago and Baltimore.

The basic reasoning behind this position is that strict laws do not discourage drug use and in fact create a black market that invites gangs which then leads to gang warfare.

It sounds reasonable enough until you ask them this basic question:

If strict drug laws cause more problems then they solve, then shouldn’t the countries with the strictest drug laws have the most problems?

They will gleefully respond YES under the assumption that the US has some of the strictest laws and the most problems. What they don’t know is that Singapore has some of the strictest laws in the world along with extremely low drug use rates.

Instead of giving up and legalizing destructive drugs like heroin, pcp and methamphetamine we should actually look at countries that have much lower drug use rates to see what they are doing differently. For Singapore their success has been from stricter laws and not simply giving up and allowing these destructive drugs to be legalized.

One final question: Will liberals and libertarians be volunteering to help out with the inevitable increase in PCP and bath salt attacks that would occur from making these drugs widely available? Are they going to volunteer as Sheriff’s deputies or will they just sit in their homes and let the chaos unfold? I’d bet on the latter.

Blank slate remains popular with journalists despite genetic realities

Tim Swarens, a journalist at the Indy star recently defended the Amanada Blackburn murderers as a creation of our society. He writes:

The fact is these young men are products of our community. They grew in our midst from the innocent children we all are at birth to become the dangerous predators they appear to be today. They attended our schools, lived in our neighborhoods, mingled with the rest of us on our streets.

This is classic blank slate thinking that is popular with liberal journalists, authors, educators, politicians and television writers. The basic idea is that people are born as innocent blank slates that are only turned evil by society. This obviously appeals to liberal egalitarians as it means everyone has equal potential with the right environment (read government programs) but despite its widespread popularity this idea is simply not supported by Psychologists. Not only does blank slate go against common sense (can children of the same family not differ in behavioral attributes?) but twin studies have shown how important genetics are in social outcomes. Furthermore the concept of the psychopath is widely accepted by Psychologists which means that the traditional wisdom of there being “bad apples” is in fact correct. Studies that show a genetic component to psychopathy further undermine the liberal idea that all children are born innocent and it’s society that makes them evil.

Ironically the social sciences are notoriously liberal but liberal journalists like Tim Swarens seem to be unaware their belief in blank slate contradicts modern Psychology. It would behoove them to spend some time reading about twin studies to understand the limits of environmental conditioning. Some people are simply born bad and need to be locked away from general society. That may not appeal to liberal egalitarian idealism but nature exists as it is and not as a liberal construct.

Baltimore non-gun homicides outnumber all Portland homicides

The mainstream media continues to refer to homicide in Baltimore as gun violence with the implication being that the guns are the underlying problem.

If gun access was truly the problem then shouldn’t gun homicides always outnumber non-gun homicides in cities where population size is the same? Interestingly if you compare the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Portland, Oregon this is not the case.

Extracting from The Baltimore Sun homicide map we get:
2 murders by asphyxiation
12 by blunt force
32 by stabbing
2 counted as other
= 48 non-gun homicides

During the same period Portland recorded 26 homicides. That’s nearly 50% fewer.

The reflexive position of the mainstream media to refer to Baltimore’s problems as gun violence is disingenuous and shows a refusal to take a deeper look at the prevalence of crime in the area. Even if the guns did not exist the murder rates of these two cities would be wildly different. Furthermore if the guns did not exist it is likely that non-gun homicides would simply increase. The mainstream media needs to drop their dishonest campaign against guns and face the reality of the situation.

This is more than a gun problem

The mainstream media is constantly calling for more gun control in cities like Baltimore but this map shows that the problem is not simply the availability of guns.

What you are looking at is one week of criminal activity in Baltimore.

Take away the guns and you still have a city overwhelmed with crime. The idea that Baltimore would be peaceful if not for gun availability is woefully naive.

crime_map

Source: crimebaltimore.com.

Baltimore breaks murder record, where is BLM?

Earlier this year it was reported that Baltimore is deadlier than Detroit and this week the city passed the 300 mark.

So where are the Black Lives Matters protesters? It seems they only come out when it involves a police officer. Currently they are protesting a police shooting in Minnesota even though few details have been released. But it seems facts and details don’t matter to them and neither do Black lives if they are taken by other Blacks.

I’ve seen a some BLM defenders explain their selective protests around the idea that police are getting away with these shootings. But this implies that Black murderers in Baltimore are are not getting away with murder which is false. The clearance rate in Baltimore murders is around 33% which means the majority are getting away with it.  That means around 200 murders have gone unsolved.

So let’s review:

200 murders in Baltimore without a killer brought to justice : No protests.

Shooting of 1 Black person in Minnesota by a police a officer where no one has the details of what happened: Massive protests.

Lack of libraries causes teens to form gangs?

This is an interesting news report on a Philadelphia “group” that you will not see on national news sites.

The “group” mentioned is actually a gang called the Greenway Gorillaz. I guess their name is too politically incorrect for the Philly police to mention on camera.

The woman who rips down the flyer in the video claims they aren’t a gang and that education is the problem. Since when is it the job of the schools to teach children that it’s wrong to terrorize your neighborhood? Even more shocking is the man in the video that blames a lack of libraries. Are we really supposed to believe that these gang members would not be shooting people if they only had access to some books and a quiet place to read them?

These are obviously poor liberal excuses that the Blacks in this video are simply repeating as a way of deflecting accountability. Both liberals and Blacks seem to think that Black communities are never accountable and it’s always “lack of education” or some other external variable that ultimately falls upon White people. Not only is it a poor excuse but when schools in Black areas have above average funding like DC where it is actually the highest we don’t see a corresponding drop in Black crime. Homicide is actually up 40% in DC. 

Both liberals and Blacks also need to be aware that while the mainstream media won’t fact check these poor excuses the alternative internet media sites can and will.

Libraries near Greenway Avenue

Schools near Greenway Avenue

Chicago woman gets misdemeanor for shooting into live street

How is this not attempted murder? What else are you doing by shooting down a live street?

Amazingly in Chicago this is only a misdemeanor.

Keep in mind that Chicago is currently a warzone where 82 people were shot over the July 4th weekend this year. This is a 30% increase from last year.

Interestingly the Democrat Mayor of Chicago has tried to pass mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes but has been opposed by Black Democrats.  They seem to want the status quo where shooting into a live street only gets you a misdemeanor.  Now back to the nightly news where we will learn about how gun shows in White suburbs are the problem.