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Drug Dealers Should Die?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Rainman, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    As long as they make money, drug dealers don't care what happens to those who use the drugs they sell. Will that person murder his family? They don't care. Will he commit suicide? That's none of their concern.

    Callous as they are shouldn't they be getting the death penalty because the drugs they sell riun people's lives? Wouldn't the knowledge that they'd pay for their crimes with their lives cut down the number of those who sell drugs?
  2. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I often wondered about that, how could a person live with themselves knowing they are contributing to so many bad things that happen to people in life because of something they were directly involved in. People who sell drugs clearly don't have a conscience or they never would be able to live that lifestyle. Some people who are high on drugs do terrible things and the drug dealer gets away with it even though he/she is directly responsible for it. I have never really thought of the death penalty for drug dealers but they definitely should be held accountable for their involvement.
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  3. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    For me, I don't think they should die. Yes - what they're doing is wrong, but there has to be a buyer. It's probably a bad analogy but it's like saying all fast food employees should die because they sell high calorie food to people who get overweight and die from weight related illnesses like heart disease.

    The idea of personal responsibility has gone out the window. I know ex-addicts and their families who would agree and say that whilst the dealer isn't doing something legal or morally right, that death isn't right for the crime either.
  4. andrewjames

    andrewjames Member

    The problem with drug-dealers is that they exist in a dog-eat-dog world, and as such they're own sense of personal morality goes out of the window. They end up having to be as ruthless as possible just to survive in that world.

    Some people see dealers just as much victims as the people they sell to. Not sure if I'd go that far, but it's something to think about.
  5. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    I don't think the death penalty should be added. That means that the companies who sell cigarettes should also be condemned and the CEO should die just because they sell something that is making a lot of money for him/her. Don't get me wrong, I'm completely against drug dealers but the death punishment is kind of too extreme for this crime.
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  6. harold

    harold Community Champion

    The death penalty seems like a fair way to treat such people, but I believe that life imprisonment would better do. The fact that drug dealers sell these drugs and does not care about the consequences on consumers tell anyone that they no longer have any consciences. They should be punished severely, but not with the death sentence. I believe that God is the only one who gives life and should be the taker. It is unfortunate that these people exist in our world today!
  7. Shimus

    Shimus Community Champion

    They should be forced into rehab, rehabbed out, and then manually checked on every 1-to-3 weeks (not enough time to get clean from anything really) so they're forced on the straight and narrow. To reinforce this idea, you could also assist them with government cash or assistance if they stay clean and are being a positive addition to the town you live in. They could go from scourge to savior (if forced - which is better than the death penalty or letting them rot in jail sucking up even more money)
  8. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I don't think death penalty would solve the issue. Aren't we all murderers as well if we advocate this ruthless punishment? Aren't we all considered hypocrites then? I believe only God has the right to take someone's life. We should not take the law into our hands.
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  9. Shimus

    Shimus Community Champion

    It's not like I believe God has anything to do with how we live or die, but I do believe something higher put us on this planet so we could better ourselves, not dip into depravity and go back into death punishments. We need to advance out of the time of killing criminals and put them to use - rebuild our infrastructure, something. Just not a death penalty. Serves nothing.
  10. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    While in theory it might sound like the best solution but in reality I can't see the death penalty doing much good. Where money is involved, there will always be somebody willing to take that risk, depending on what a dealer is selling and gets caught with, he can be looking at a life sentence behind bars, so I doubt the death penalty would put many people off dealing.
  11. PerkyNorm4u

    PerkyNorm4u Member

    I don't see it that way. It's not as simple as someone who wakes up one day and decides, "Hey, I'm going to sell drugs to destroy people." If we really get to the core of the drug problem, especially in America, it comes down to government officials who purposefully plant some of these drugs into certain communities - most of them being low income with a high population of minorities - and thus you have a growth of the nonstop epidemic. This corruption extends across borders to organizations outside of America and government officials are well aware how these drugs are being filter into countries around the world. A drug dealer most people may think of usually get caught up in the maze for a need of survival for monetary means with a combination of addiction and a sense of hopelessness themselves. Sighs, basically it's complicated.
  12. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    What about the owners of the alcohol companies? Shouldn't they be put to death too? After all, alcohol has caused so much suffering around the world and will continue to do so because people see it as socially acceptable. And let's hang Big Pharma whilst we're at it - they are responsible for much of the addiction in this world.

    Instead of putting people to death, how about using that time and money on tackling the social problems which cause people to become addicted in the first place?
  13. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    Another thing to consider is that plenty of drug dealers are small-time dealers that are trying to put food on the table for themselves or their own families. Not all of these people are necessarily monsters looking to poison other individuals. For instance, a weed dealer isn't doing nearly as much harm as a crack-cocaine dealer. Someone selling party drugs isn't as bad either. They're not necessarily saints or anything, but some of these people are doing what they have to to survive, if they don't have other options.

    It's not cut and dry enough to just put every drug dealer to death.
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  14. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    I have never thought about this before but I don't think that they might die... I mean, they obviously have contributed to an infinity of bad things, but at the end of the day they are doing their job, is not the healthiest or clean job... but there are a lot of companies that are killing people and destroying families too. And as another user mentioned, as long as they are making money they don't care about how the drugs are going to be used, sad but true.
  15. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    You know, this had never even occured to me. Thinking about it though, I can recall watching a documentary on Columbian coca growers. Most of the farmers had no option but to grow the leaves in order to feed their families. So again, it stands to reason that if we could solve (or at least improve) social problems, we'd see less dealers as well as users.
  16. sonia11

    sonia11 Senior Contributor

    Call me a socialist or whatever, but I think we should be offering people help rather than condemning them. Even a drug dealer, who seems pretty terrible. I believe they're that way because they don't know any other way. We don't know their backgrounds. They probably came from an area where there was little opportunity to get a good paying job. They may have made mistakes early which impacted their adult lives. At least in the US, we make it nearly impossible for people who have committed crimes or didn't finish high school to get a job, let alone one with a living wage. So there are reasons people turn to drug dealing other than that they're just monsters. They have to develop that cold attitude to keep doing what they're doing. Not saying they're right, but to kill them is not fixing the underlying problem in society that's driving them to what they do.
  17. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    We are not sure of the background of the drug dealers, so maybe that is the only way that they can make a living? Who knows, deep down they do care, but they can't stop since it's their only source of income? I heard that drug pushers, when caught, can't get bail, so that is just fit for them. I think rapists and murderers do deserve to be on death row.
  18. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Maybe a lifetime sentence is more appropriate for them since they could suffer for a lifetime as well as have chances to change. If there are no buyers, there will be no sellers although it is also true that if there is no supply, there will be no demand.