Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy is looking at the militarization of the police. In the discussion there are a number of suggestions for changing this or mitigating its dire effects. Such as the recent killing of a 92 year old woman who shot at police thinking they were home invaders. Different weapons, different policies.
Naturally I had some thoughts:
Milton Friedman estimated that drug prohibitiion kills 2,000 innocents a year (innocent bystanders, stray bullets, botched raids, etc.)
It is not a bug, it is a feature.
Anybody look at the stats for the decline in criminal violence once alcohol prohibition ended?
We subsidize violence on all sides of this equation and then we complain there is too much violence. Or try to figure out what policy or weapons system will mitigate the disaster. Tinkering at the margins.
Give me a break.
Let me make it simple for those too smart by half. Reduce the violence police have to deal with and police will become less violent. Rocket science, no?
End drug prohibition, you fools.