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Police Round-Up

A couple of nights ago, police rounded up about 90 known gang members who have been terrorizing their neighbourhoods and are known to be drug dealers – virtually all of them black.  The biggest roundup in the history of the force.  Not only in Toronto but Peel Region, Niagara Region, Barrie Region.  About five of the rounded up had been employed at the airport in charge of the safe transport of drugs through customs.

Much was made over the spectacular police raid – something they’d been working on for the past 11 months.  It was like an episode of Law and Order.  What do you want to bet half of them will be out on bail in the next week or two?  Laws are in place but they have no teeth. Dangerous offenders seem to be able to get off time and time again to re-offend.  For all the fanfare, only 23 weapons were seized.  Apparently, those with the weapons would rent them out to whoever needed the gun for a job. 

At the courthouse the day after the raid, family members of the gang were screaming racism.  Defense attorneys were puffing and blowing on the cruelty of treatment and that it was not the Canadian way and we should all be ashamed.  Well, you know the drill. Pandemonium.  Women screaming what good fathers the accused were and how they don’t deserve this treatment.  A lot of shouting and screaming accusations.  The news was filled with all the details on how the raid was conducted and executed.  Wow.

But there is another side to the coin.  Drug dealers need customers.  Without customers, they’d be stuck with merchandise that can’t sell.  You can bet the customers don’t live in the Jane-Finch area.  You can bet they’re on Post Road and the like.  The ordinary guy can’t afford the good stuff.  Losers use crack and, well, we all know where they end up.

Personally, I feel all drugs should be made legal.  You should be able to buy it like you buy wine, beer and hard liquor.  That way, it’s a legitimate business paying taxes and conducted in an orderly fashion.  I’m sure the guys at Jane and Finch would rather play golf or spend time with family than be out making a deal in some back alley and risking their lives and those of others.

Personally, I feel prostitution should also be legal.  I’ve seen them on cold winter nights, wearing little short skirts and spiked heels loitering on street corners.  My heart went out to them.  Their legs must have felt numb from the cold.  That’s no way to make a living.  Why can’t it be like Amsterdam?  I took a tour through their red-light district.  The girls were displayed in shop windows.  Some were dressed as little school girls, others as vamps, others in slinky gowns, punk, leather, etc.  Whatever your fantasy, you could satisfy it there.  So civilized.

People will always find a way to get what they want.  During Prohibition, more liquor was consumed than before.  Much was made of Al Capone and the Mafia.  But they were only filling a need.  Liquor was shipped in from Canada, via the Great Lakes.  Many an old-monied Canadian family today, made their money from the then illegal liquor trade.  And say what you will, that didn’t quiet down until the law changed.  No amount of police work can stop that which the public wants.

So, rather than fighting this battle that will never be won, change the law, reorganize, control it and collect your precious taxes.  Maybe we can all have some peace then.

June 15th, 2007 Posted by | Personal Opinions, The Law | no comments

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