Yes. The War On Gangs is over in the US.
The murder rate in the USA has been declining since 1991. We know that a real war on drug gangs (Mexico) causes an increase in dug violence. Even the FBI agrees with that point (a real drug war increases violence).
So in reality drugs have been de facto decriminalized. Now why do I say THAT? Good question. I have a train of logic which I hope hasn’t jumped the tracks.
We no longer have a war on gangs. We have a war on some gang members. Destabilizing gangs is bad for public order.
And of course the arrests for drug crimes are up. How else are you going to cover for such a massive shift in policy?
I was a witness to one of the whole gang raids of the 80s (around 1988 IIRC). The big kahuna was a next door neighbor of mine. A really nice guy. We never had gang problems in the neighborhood until the DEA took him out. Any way. The FBI predicted a rise in the murder rate in our town due to taking the gang out.
Let us just say that the spike in murders was not well received.
My guess is that the DEA decided: a war on gangs or continuation of the gravy train.
Ending the war on gangs of course ends the war on drugs as a real enterprise. You need organized crime to organize transnational shipments of illegal commodities. Not to mention making a market between people who would rather not know each other: growers and buyers – for commodities that are locally grown.
So there you have it. The drug war is no longer about reducing the supplies of drugs or taking down the gangs that move them. It is now just a jobs program for government employees and preventing the worst violations of public order.
Inspired by a post at the Volokh Conspiracy
Cross Posted at Power and Control