Are we wondering why after legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois, gangs, guns, and drugs are still a factor for the shootings in Chicago?

The Chicago Tribune article titled: A trying first half of 2020 included spike in shootings and homicides in Chicago, reported a statement by the police superintendent.

“But on Monday, after the violent weekend that left more than 100 people shot, Brown stuck to familiar themes, blaming “gangs, guns and drugs” as well as short jail stays for defendants. 

The Chicago Tribune article today is More Cops to Hit Streets in response to the increased shootings in Chicago.

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate an ancient proverb to the political decision to legalized marijuana in Illinois.

King Solomon

Proverbs 23:29-33 ESV / 15 helpful votes 

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an added. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.

What’s My Point?

Legalizing marijuana according to the politicians driving the issue was supposed to reduce gangs from profiting from selling drugs.

Guns are selling in stores in Chicago in record numbers.

The shooting and murder rate has significantly risen in 2020, the first year of legalized marijuana.

In My Opinion

All legalizing marijuana has accomplished is to introduce more users to obtain and use marijuana.’

If anything, gangs may be becoming more violent with each other because they are losing a share in their former profits from selling marijuana in the streets.

Or the possibility that marijuana is a bridge to drug addiction of more potent drugs and result markets is increasing gang influence in the high crime neighborhoods..

The police or news reporters the crime statistics but the motives are not published because witnesses to crimes fear gangs will harm them if they become witnesses.

In my opinion, King Solomon above verse written 3000 years ago questioned who has woe, sorrow, strife, complaining, redness in their eyes seeing strange things and hearts uttering perverse things can be related to what Chicago is now experiencing.

Sadly, not only the users of drugs have red eyes from drugs but the families of shooting victims from the crying of sorrow of gangs, guns and drugs in high crime areas in Chicago.

If Interested

Read the Source Links below and previous post titled “cries for help”

You Decide

Would it help if the police knew what are the motives for the shootings?

Did legalizing marijuana or the warnings by police against legalizing drugs result in more or higher Chicago violence instead of what the politicians said would result by legalizing marijuana?

Will more cops hitting the streets solve the problem in the future. Or would School choice or school vouchers asked for by Black parents help reduce shootings in the future by teaching ancient wisdom and love in the Bible?

Regards and goodwill blogging,

Source Links

Chicago Tribune Article

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