Other countries can "show" they got rid of gun violence by eliminating guns. But do we want that? We aren't Portugal. We believe drug use is a crime and we have a right to make that choice. You may think it is the wrong choice and I respect that. I just don't agree.It's not a strawman, and it's been proven to work:
The long read: Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crimewww.theguardian.com
This chart shows key developments since Portugal decriminalized drugs in 2001.www.statista.com
I don't have a use for junkies either, and Portugal is getting rid of junkies more effectively and efficiently than any other place I know of. The rehab facilities can double as work camps, that way the junkies learn marketable skills to support themselves after they aren't junkies any more, and it would save even more money. You can call it socialist all you want, but it doesn't change the fact that it reduces the number of junkies, and does so cheaper than the way we're dealing with the problem now.
Why not decriminalize everything? They there would be no more crime. It's not so far fetched. A lot of jurisdictions won't prosecute if you get robbed, or even assaulted if it does not require a trip to the hospital. Heck, if everything is legal, we can all do what we want, including kill each other, but we have a zero crime rate.