“A group of armed men burst into a bar early Saturday in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco and began shooting, leaving 10 men dead and four wounded,” laht.com reports. “At least 30 people have been murdered in Acapulco in less than a week, including three children under the age of 10. On Wednesday, a 4-year-old girl with a gunshot wound in the chest and her mother were found slain in the back of a vehicle. The Gulf, Beltran Leyva and Cartel Independiente de Acapulco drug mobs have been battling for control of that Pacific coast city.” Bottom line: smoking weed or snorting a bit of blow is not a victimless crime. But more than that, recreational drugs increase the odds that you’ll have to use your self-defense firearm—which is something you don’t want to do . . .
As the rabbi [constantly] reminds us, the best way to avoid a gunfight is to avoid stupid people doing stupid things. Most of us do just that. We walk by bars where tattooed men who know more about 10-21s than 401ks hang by a line of Harley Davidsons. We stay out of clubs where men with dead eyes and large diamonds surround themselves with women with bored expressions and surgical enhancements. So, where do hardened criminals and otherwise law-abiding, gun-owning people physically intersect? Drugs.
Sure, there’s a less-than-hardened perp between the average recreational drug user and the “real” bad guys. But that “friend” who brings a bag of weed or an envelope of coke has no real allegiance to their “mates.” If push comes to shove—if a drug dealer higher up on the food chain wants to steal firearms and/or cash from some middle-class homeowner—a low-level drug dealer will sell out their “friends” in a New York minute.
By the same token, if needs be, your connection will give-up your name to the cops without a moment’s hesitation. One drug bust later and your firearms will be the property of the local po-po, for God’s knows how long if not forever. The simple truth: you can’t win. Illegal drugs are violence magnets. To wit this from gainseville.com:
The apparent victim of a home invasion robbery where shots were fired initially denied knowing anything about the crime, according to police. The man late admitted he lived in the apartment where evidence of the crime was found.
Gainesville Police Department officers were dispatched to an apartment at 1037 NW 41st Ave. after neighbors said they heard shots fired around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday.
Lt. David Rowe said officers found the door had been kicked in and at least four shots fired inside the residence. Rowe said officers could also smell marijuana inside the apartment.
The resident, Kendall McAphee, 23, was found at a neighbor’s home. Rowe said McAphee initially denied even living at the home that had been broken into, then admitted he was the resident, but did not provide any information about who may have committed the crime or why he was apparently targeted.
I firmly believe that the vast majority of home invasions involve drugs, one way or another. To keep you and your family safe from your worst nightmare, to leave that self-defense firearm and your tactical abilities untested, walk away from the bong and just say no to the blow. If you still think that soft drugs are a harmless indulgence, it’s time to grow up.