This story is interesting. Peter Figoski was a NYPD policeman. He was murdered while investigating a robbery.
The State is partially responsible for Peter Figoski’s death. How is that?
Officer Peter Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran, was killed early Monday during a botched armed robbery by Pride and four other men of a marijuana dealer living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn, police said. The men allegedly met to plan the robbery at about 1 a.m. and arrived at the door of their target at about 2:15 a.m.
The robbery victim was a marijuana dealer. Because it’s illegal to sell marijuana, he was a tempting robbery target. In that sense, the State murdered Peter Figoski.
Of course, the murderer also is responsible. I’m pointing out that the State is partially responsible for the murder, by creating a crime-friendly environment. His accomplices are probably going to get a much stiffer sentence than they would have otherwise, because one of them stupidly murdered a policeman.
A marijuana dealer is shut out of many State services. A marijuana dealer can’t use the State banking system, due to “money laundering” laws. This forces the marijuana dealer to keep cash in his apartment, making him a tempting robbery target.
A marijuana dealer can’t complain to the State police, if he’s robbed. A marijuana dealer can’t legally get a gun to defend himself from crime.
These two factors make marijuana dealers a tempting robbery target. A marijuana dealer can’t use the State banking system, forcing him to hold a lot of cash. A marijuana dealer can’t complain to the State police, if he’s the victim of a crime.
It should be legal to buy, sell, and smoke marijuana. It is probably bad for users, but they’re only hurting themselves. A pro-State troll says “But people fry their brains on marijuana and then go on welfare!” My response is “There shouldn’t be a Welfare State!” A pro-State troll says “People steal to get money to buy marijuana!” If marijuana were legal, it would be much cheaper, and people wouldn’t need to steal to feed their addiction. Also, any marijuana-related robbery should be treated just like any other crime. Also, if marijuana were legal, it would be easier to identify and help people who have a problem.
The State is partially responsible for the murder of Peter Figoski. If marijuana were legal, this murder would not have happened.