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RAW Story: Harris-Perry: Ending drug war may be ‘best gun control measure we can enact’


-By Samantha Kimmey

January 13, 2013- Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests on Sunday discussed whether the best answer to gun violence is ending the “War on Drugs.”

About 800 people die every year as a result of gang violence, Harris-Perry said, “a large percentage of which are connected to drug trafficking.”

When it comes to gun violence, “maybe ending the War on Drugs is the best gun control measure we can enact,” as many violent gangs would no longer have a lucrative business in prohibited substances.

Michael Skolnik, political advisor for Russell Simmons, claims that President Obama has “taken steps” to end the drug war.

Obama has said recently that he has “bigger fish to fry” than new marijuana legalization measures in Colorado and Washington. But a Rolling Stone article from 2012 claims that his administration has instigated a “multi­agency crackdown on medical cannabis that goes far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush.”

“I think that if you look at the school-to-prison pipeline, how we take our kids and just basically manufacture them to become prisoners if you look at it in a concrete way,” said Skolnik.

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