When a substance is outlawed, it opens doors to the black market. One might ask, “Well what’s wrong with that?” and my answer would usually be, “right”. With the free market economic market there would nothing wrong with it, as it would be called monopoly free competition but let’s not forget that we are not a stateless society. Back to my original point, let us take an example of drugs. When drugs are banned the black market brings them in. Let us not get into the conspiracies of how the cartels have access to those substances and where from but let us examine this prohibition and how it works. We may disagree on many things but there may be one thing we could agree on and that is the fact that the inmates have access to almost any drug in the most heavily guarded places on the face of the planet, called prisons. And those who aren’t inmates yet, have a knowhow about getting these “illegal” substances.
Some of these drugs such as heroin, meth and oxycodone are so dangerous that they ruin people’s lives by altering their behavior. The prohibition of these certain substances also causes some further problems. This results in a drug trafficking monopoly which leads to gang violence as gangs of drug dealers struggle to dominate over one another by using violent means and keeping their territorial monopolies. It results in the significant increase in the cost of the legally forbidden substance. Moreover, the addict after becoming seriously ill and after loosing their jobs and what not resort to immoral activities such as theft so they can get just that one fix. Are you starting to see the picture a little?
Removing prohibitions and deregulations allow free market competition which in return instantly eliminates monopoly thus eliminate gangs and associated violence. The drug cost, due to free market competition, drops significantly low as well. This results in easy access and for the fraction of the cost ultimately reducing the theft the robberies committed by the addicts. Some even say, that the legalization would reduce the number of addicts over time. Portugal, they say, is the prime example of this model but I personally haven’t figured out how that really works.
Nevertheless, now lets ban guns for instance and that would create a black market which then produces gangs again and associated violence and so forth leading us back to square one. This time, not only the violence is with guns but it is also about guns. To dominate in this black market competition the competitors have to acquire fully automatics, you see. Now suddenly, god forbid, in the massacres of the future, automatic weapons are used instead of semi automatics. And with that my dear readers, the number of casualties increase, significantly.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a weapon is a good guy with a weapon and no, the police aren’t the good guy I speak of but an ordinary armed civilian individual, man or women. Historically the “law enforcing agents” are usually a little too late. Perhaps they have to wait for the media to get there first.
I wish there was a way to just ‘poof’, magically get rid of all the guns in the whole world but then what would we do about the mad Chinese man who slits twenty some children in a school with a knife? What do we do about the psychopaths who use acid to burn and dissolve their innocent victims? Will you now ask yourself an honest question and that is; can eliminating guns, knifes, stones and acids eliminate mass murderer and psychopaths? The fact is neither the guns nor the bad people are simply going to disappear by banning guns. No human is born a bad person. It is the circumstances, the life experiences and many other similar factors that play role in making someone’s behavior bad.
To conclude, I simply want to beg the reader to please stay rational and reason with logic. “The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before.” Albert Einstein