LETTER: Bring back death penalty to stem drug tide

DANGER ZONE: Drugs are illegal because they are dangerous, not dangerous because they are illegal, says one reader.
DANGER ZONE: Drugs are illegal because they are dangerous, not dangerous because they are illegal, says one reader. Robert Klein

RE: DIETER Moekel's letter, The war on drugs (NM, 25/03)

I AM sure many other NewsMail readers also read and research material relevant to illegal drug usage and capital punishment.

I for one consider myself up to date on the subjects.

And I unashamedly say bring back capital punishment now.

Laws in Australia have become a joke, mostly thanks to do-gooders who for some weird reason feel a criminal's rights outweigh those of the victim.

Drugs are illegal because they are dangerous, not dangerous because they are illegal.

It is irresponsible and ludicrous to make other harmful drugs freely available to add to the misery and tragic consequences caused by the two we already have, alcohol and tobacco (nicotine).

In Australia today, several hundred mostly young people die of heroin overdoses each year. If the same number of Australians were being killed by a foreign power, this country would be at war. We would do everything possible to kill our enemies and prevent these attacks upon our citizenry.

Yet Mr Moeckel objects to doing exactly the same thing to the predators who prey upon our own kids.

Their heinous actions are more indiscriminately deadlier than either Martin Bryant's or Julian Knight's shooting sprees and made worse by the motivation to financially profit from their victims.

Using the term abomination does not enhance your point, Mr Moeckel, it just proves those who committed these crimes are the abominable ones.

So if it ever comes up for debate or referendum, I will have no problem in voting for a return of the death penalty.

The death penalty may not be a deterrent, but guarantees the offender will not reoffend.

In every country where the laws have been relaxed, such as Sweden, the Netherlands and America (especially Alaska), drug use has increased, yet in countries like Japan and Singapore drug use has been virtually eliminated by tough drug laws and aggressive enforcement.

Marijuana will accumulate in your body for days, if not weeks, so, as you roll your next spliff, you never know how much is already working away inside you.

I challenge Mr Moeckel to state what a safe dose is.

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