President Trump and his administration is seeking for the allowance of the death penalty for certain drug traffickers “where appropriate under the law”.
Now THAT’S A FREAKING DETERRENT! Do you support this move? I think I just might.
“You kill 5,000 people with drugs because you’re smuggling them in and you are making a lot of money and people are dying. And they don’t even put you in jail,” Trump said at the time. “That’s why we have a problem, folks. I don’t think we should play games.”
I really think he makes a hell of a point here… There are pretty serious heroin problems in of our nation and though indirectly, in a sense, they are responsible for perhaps hundreds of deaths.
As reported by Fox News:
Trump made similar comments at a recent White House summit on opioids. “Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty. And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do,” Trump said. “So we’re going to have to be very strong on penalties.”
The Justice Department said the federal death penalty is available for several limited drug-related offenses, including violations of the “drug kingpin” provisions of federal law.
The White House plan amounts to a three-pronged attack on the opioid crisis: bolstering law enforcement against smuggling and trafficking, building up a campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of opioid abuse and over-prescription and improving funding for treatment through the federal government.
The plan’s objectives include reducing opioid prescriptions by one-third within three years and ensuring that all government healthcare providers adopt best practices for prescribing such drugs within five years.
The White House has also called for increased research and development through public-private partnerships between the federal National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies.