Pubdate: Wed, 13 Feb 2008
Source: Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Copyright: 2008 The Morning Call Inc.
Author: Pat Rogers


America's free society regulates the distribution and supply of goods 
and services in order to protect consumers from unscrupulous 
predators. With intoxicant drugs, American politicians ignore this 
system. They abandon Americans to the marketing morals and ethics of 
addict drug dealers, their gangster distributors and other social 
predators who thrive in a black market. The outcome is a lot more 
crime, addiction and anarchy than any nation should have to suffer with.

The proliferation of cheap and easy-to-get illegal guns is a direct 
outcome. More supply-side gun laws will do little. The demand for 
illegal guns is subsidized by the huge demand for illegal guns in the 
illegal drug markets. The over-supply of illegal guns will get into 
the hands of thugs like robbers and rapists.

No additional regulation of legal gun owners will change this. The 
only thing that will reduce the demand for illegal guns is to 
regulate the drug markets. America can reduce the demand for illegal 
guns and reduce the anarchy and violence that plague our streets 
today. All it takes is confidence by our politicians in the 
democratic institutions of regulation and licensing. American 
politicians, just say no.

Pat Rogers

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