Originally Posted by muddober
Am I missing something here? Drug smugglers are being picked off in middle of the Arizona desert by bandits who steal the smugglers loot? The smugglers have hired mercenaries to eliminate the bandits. If all this is going on in the remote desert why would anyone US citizen want to get involved with a gun and run the risk of being shot. I would rather set up remote cameras and charge admission in a safe place to watch.
We could stop all this cold in its tracks by legalizing drugs. In my opinion there are only two major groups who don't want drugs legalized, the smugglers and law enforcement. Law enforcement has failed miserably and obviously cannot stop the drugs from coming into the US, they have only been successful in keeping the price up. Then we as citizens get to live in a country (especially Arizona) that as the price of illicit drugs go up it becomes more dangerous to live here because of those who commit crimes to support their drug use. If all that isn't bad enough we get to pay for all that law enforcement and the prison system that goes with it and it goes on and on. There always will be drug users and someone willing to take the risk to supply those users. Simply put the only thing that makes any sense is to legalize, control and tax it.
If they were legalized, the cartel would still limit the supply available on the market and the price would still stay high and they would make money. If you wanna put them out of business, flood the market.