same time. Failure of authorities to stop these murders has been acknowledged so many times but different stakeholders tend to use the reasons of failures for their own benefits. People of color say that government is not controlling the issue of racism that is causing the increase in unjust murders, politicians are also blaming each other to increase their vote bank, one gang is blaming the other for the blood-shedding; this blame game has been going on for decades now. But unfortunately, we have not taken these murders serious enough to force authorities and law enforcement to prioritize this issue. Figure 1 Drugs related murders (MAP, CHARTS: The Death Toll of the War on Drugs) As shown in the chart, apart from the lack of gun control, as mentioned earlier in the paper; gang wars and drugs are one of the major reasons for the rampant murders. As per the report published by Allen, Danielle in The Washington Post, “Americans from all racial groups pursue narcotic- related leisure activities, spending an estimated $100 billion a year on their illegal drugs” (Allen). This $100 billion illegal industry is not easy to operate, there are rivals, dealers, suppliers, customers and law forces involved in the industry. To ensure the smooth and Commented [G33]: Deleted:f Commented [G32]: Deleted:with Commented [G31]: Inserted: as Commented [G36]: Deleted:is Commented [G34]: Inserted: they are Commented [G35]: Inserted: Take
Brown-Little 9 uninterrupted operations, the drug mafia makes sure they kill anyone who creates trouble for them. The Washington Post suggests that as drug industry is a crime so the people involved are equipped with guns and treat their dealings with violence. If the drugs are considered as a health problem instead of crime and the industry is made legalized and decriminalized, then there is a good chance to reduce the violence and hence these murders that result due to the drug market (Allen). An interesting point that researchers make is that murders related to drugs are not because of drug dealing. In fact, they are because of the war on drugs. This new idea is encouraging law specialists to advocate to stop this war. The famous Stony Brook finance prof Noah Smith is one of those people who are willing to take the chance. He writes, “The Single Best Anti-Gun-Death Policy? Ending the Drug War” (JOYNER). Like the failed gun control, failed drug war policy has been a major contributor to these murders which again points out to the failure of authorities to understand and create suitable policies to handle the violence and deaths in the country. There are many professionals like Jim Gierach, who is Attorney of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition who hold the same opinion. According to him, “We can have safe streets or drug prohibition, but not both. Even with an estimated 350 million firearms in private hands in America, ending the War on Drugs will remove the most common motivation that drives [non-suicidal] gun violence, dwarfing the comparative value of more gun laws” (Ehrenkranz). Authorities should be strategically trained enough to consider these policy changes
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