There’s one important thing missing from Obama’s proposal to curb gun violence — ending the “war on drugs”. A significant amount of gun violence (more than from school gun rampages, which get all the headlines) is a direct result of illegal drug trafficking, and the drug trade is a major contributor to the Nation’s homicide rate. Indeed, the peak in homicides during the mid-1980s corresponded directly to a peak in the drug trade, as drug dealers are among the people most likely to carry weapons.
Decriminalizing drugs would not only save lives, it would save the taxpayers lots of money. In fact, if the drug trade is legalized and taxed, it could even be a healthy source of government revenue, instead of funding illegal activities, guns, and gangs.