MURDERS IN CANADA?
During high school and University I took a lot
of science courses and so I have a tendency to look at life
objectively rather than subjectively. I prefer looking at the
numbers not the subjective emotional terms.
To give you an example if I ask you what the
temperature is like outside if you say "cold" to me
that is a subjective term. It does not mean much to me. If you
told me it was -25'C I would have a much better understanding of
the weather. If you said you were "rich" that
also would mean nothing to me but if you said you had five
million in the bank I would have an objective measurement of
your wealth. That applies to everything. So lets consider drugs and deaths caused by
In 2016 Stats Canada reported that there were
over 2653 deaths associated with illegal drug sales in Canada.
In my mind when a drug dealer sells a drug to a customer and the
customer takes it and dies that is murder. We have laws against
murder in Canada and from my perspective the drug dealer should
be arrested and charged with murder and sent to jail for a
minimum of 25 years. If that was done drug dealers would likely
not sell dangerous drugs to their customers and we would not
have thousands of Canadians being murdered by drugs every
year. But here is where the bullshit starts.
The drug dealer is charged with
not murder and they may only get a short jail sentence. So there
is little incentive for the drug dealer to not sell dangerous
drugs to their customers. The people, the media and the
politicians all seem to be looking at this problem from a
subjective perspective. They feel that it is wrong for the drug
users to take drugs and that they are responsible for dying as a
result of taking those drugs.
But I look at it this way. While the drug users
are making a mistake in taking drugs the people selling them the
drugs are making mistakes by selling them drugs which are
extremely dangerous. And yes there is a solution and here it
Day One. The Prime Minister calls a news
conference and tells the nation that Canada is in a National
Emergency and this his government is stepping in to end the use
of dangerous drugs. He advises the nation that a second
announcement will be made in a week and that the Emergency Act
R.S.C. 1985 c 22 under Public Welfare Section 6(1) part B will
be enforced. .
Day Two The Prime Minister calls in all the
Party heads and announces that on Day three the government will
be launching the Emergencies Act in the House of Commons designed to stop
the use of dangerous drugs.
Day Three. A bill is introduced into the
House of Commons with these main points:
1. That anyone selling dangerous drugs to users
which results in a death will be charged with Murder with a
minimum sentence of 25 years per person killed.
2. That any gang member selling these drugs will be
immediately arrested and placed in jail and charged with trafficking
and given a minimum ten year jail sentence and all assets of
those gang members will be confiscated.
Now here is the problem.
Canada like other countries has rules and regulations and
government policies which help shape how people live. But what
happens when there is an emergency say a fire or flood?
Exceptions are made. Police and the Army are called in to
enforce new rules and regulations to save lives. We need to ask
ourselves the question why has this not occurred in the case of
daily drug deaths in Canada that are now out of control?
We are losing more Canadians to drug deaths than to vehicle
accidents. We spend billions of dollars enforcing rules and
regulations to limit vehicle deaths but almost nothing is spent
on stopping the drug deaths in Canada. What is wrong here? There
is a simple word for it and that word is Bullshit.
Not only are drugs being
used to kill people accidentally they could be used to kill
people on purpose. As an example if one drug gang attacks
another gang with handguns the impact of that attack is strongly
reported in the media. But what if the gang injects members of
the other gang with drugs instead of shooting them. They die of
drug overdoses. Our police and legal system then treat the crime
differently blaming it on the people they believe were taking
And so in Canada today we have a situation where
members of gangs are being killed by drug overdoses not firearms
and the deaths are not being investigated as murders. Some drugs
are incredibly powerful and simply a micro amount of powder is
enough to kill a person. No gun going off no person being
stabbed or hit with a weapon. And our police have no idea of how
often this is happening today.
I reviewed a 2013 DEA drug
death survey from the USA and noted that 46,000 people died of
drug overdoses which is 13.9 deaths per 100,000 compared with
only 3.6 per 100,000 who died of gun deaths. Canada has
approximately 10% of he population of he USA so one might
consider a ball park figure to be around 4600 drug deaths per
year and in 2016 Stats Canada estimated that 2653 deaths
were associated with illegal drug sales which would be only one
part of that projected 4600. From my research it appears that
Canada has no idea of how many Canadians died as a result of
drug overdoses each year.
What is my point
here? I think that we need to investigate how many people
gang members killed using drugs not firearms or knives or other
weapons. In fact there are certain drugs which I will not
mention here that can be used to cause death and which do not
leave any metabolized products that could be identified by blood
tests taken after the death during an autopsy. What is
happening is that thousands of people are being killed in Canada
every year due to drug over doses and several more are being
killed when drugs are used as a murder weapon by gang