The Price of Death

First, you can't be pro-life and not be an advocate for LIFE. I'm talking about the life of an unarmed black teen, the life of a victim of a mass-shooting, the life of an undocumented immigrant, the life of both of you and me. If you're an advocate for the unborn, please make sure you're fighting for the lives that are already here on this earth.

I know opinions differ on how to fight for life and I completely understand that. 

Over the past month, President Trump has received a lot of attention for saying he would like to see the death penalty on the table for those convicted of major drug trafficking. 

“The ultimate penalty has to be the death penalty. Maybe our country is not ready for that, it’s possible, it’s possible.” Trump said “personally I can’t understand that” about those opposed to such drastic measures.

I'm not an advocate for the death penalty by any means, however, I know what Donny is trying to say, and it's hard to disagree. 

There has been a shift in the way America views our drug problem. In the 80's (when the goal was to disrupt black communities) the blame was placed on the small dealers and users of the drugs. Now that the problem is ripping through through EVERY community in the country, the blame has shifted to the drugs themselves and the lack of control associated with them. 

New York Times - Public health officials have called the current opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history, killing more than 33,000 people in 2015. Overdose deaths were nearly equal to the number of deaths from car crashes. In 2015, for the first time, deaths from heroin alone surpassed gun homicides.

WOAH. Crazy numbers right? Opioids are KILLING communities EVERY SINGLE DAY. Major drug dealers (I'm not talking about your local weed man) are pushing drugs into communities, and although it's a very lucrative business, it is KILLING small towns, inner cities, and suburban neighborhoods all over the country. 

Trump's solution is simple. If you happen to be a BIG time drug dealer, whether you're a doctor illegally writing prescriptions or a guy selling heroin out of his house or driving from city to city to distribute drugs then you are an ACTIVE participant in all of the death that is associated with opioid abuse. 

In my mind, the action is attempted murder, and in far too many cases, the action of dealing opioids turns into homicide. If anything is worthy of the death penalty... this is it.  

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