M. Simon forwarded me an email containing the following remarks from Richard Feldman, President of the Independent Firearm Owners Association (IFoA):

“We know that 35% to 45% or more of gun-violence is directly related to the black market in drug trafficking. Now is the time to open an adult discussion on this vital and inextricably interrelated topic,” said Feldman. “Two weeks ago I posed that question to Vice President Biden and he agreed.”

Our history clearly identifies the correlation of Prohibition and the rise of violent crime followed by a dramatic decrease in firearm violence once alcohol was again legally available and regulated.

Except rational policy changes will not occur as a result of such discussions. Inevitably, government types and public policy wonks simply conclude that more laws are needed, because current laws “aren’t working.”

To me that is a logical fallacy. To them it is simple logic. Which means all arguments are a complete waste of time. (Still, at least this gave me something to put in a blog post.)

The biggest problem with our rulers is that — Hillary Clinton’s hilarious accidental remark notwithstanding — they are blind to the reality that this is all about a high profit margin caused directly criminalizing supply.

Artificially high prices on addictive substances guarantees violent criminals will be willing to take huge risks.

A classic example I stumbled onto recently involved out-of-control oxycodone-related crime in Cape Cod, where elderly people and pain patients are being terrorized by criminal addicts.

Ms. Duda’s home has been the target of eight attempted or successful break-ins this year, terrifying her and frustrating the police, who have spent nights stationed outside her gray house here, trying to catch the men. Ms. Duda, a retired nurse who takes painkillers for a number of ailments, including a spinal fusion and a hiatal hernia, left Cape Cod to stay with her son for the summer.

“She doesn’t even feel safe anymore,” said Dan Duda, the son.

Cape Cod may be a summer playground known for its pristine beaches, shingled homes and laid-back way of life. But unbeknownst to most tourists, parts of it are plagued by drug abuse that the police say has led to a jump in property crime.

Thieves have smashed the windows of dozens of cars parked at the beach, grabbing GPS devices and iPods. Flat-screen televisions have been taken from isolated summer homes. Purses snatched out of the sand have been found in the woods, missing only cash. And while not all of the thefts can be linked to drug abuse, the police say many of those arrested for the crimes admit they wanted money for pills.

Bear in mind the HUGE differential between the actual value of the pills (which is the price Ms. Duda paid at the pharmacy) and the street value.

The above story is from 2011, but the predictable response to these things is always the same.

We need to CRACK DOWN on pain meds.

That’s right. Make them harder to get. This will drive up the price, make the criminals more violent, cause more and more addicts to turn to heroin (which of course is cheaper per dose than black market oxycodone) and make it more likely that people like Ms. Duda are slaughtered in their homes for their pain meds. (These crimes, too, will be blamed on the pain meds themselves, and fuel further crackdowns.)

There is no way to have a rational argument with people who refuse to look at simple economic reality.

But hey, I have been insanely busy, and at least it provides material for a down and dirty blog post.