Thursday, September 30, 2004
Leading Drug Warrior Admits Failure of Prohibition
US Congressman Mark Souder of Indiana takes a back seat to no one when it comes to fighting the war on drugs. But he knows a failed prohibition when he sees one, as reported in today's Chicago Tribune:
"The District of Columbia handgun ban has failed. It has failed miserably," said Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.), sponsor of the bill [to end Washington, DC's ban on handguns] that passed 250-171.DC's mayor and police chief are both strongly opposed to ending the handgun ban.
Voters in Indiana's Third District might want to take a look at Pete Guither's Voting Guide at Drug WarRant. What does Pete have to say about the congressional race between challenger Maria M. Parra and the incumbent, Rep. Souder?
This one is critical. Souder is the ultimate drug warrior and the author of the horrible provision that takes away financial aid to students who have made mistakes in the past and completed their penalties (while rapists and burglars are not so penalized). Souder is a bad guy with a lot of power. Congressman Souder is Chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources. The Subcommittee is responsible for authorizing legislation for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and its programs as well as general oversight for all U.S. government drug control efforts (including international and interdiction programs, law enforcement, and prevention and treatment initiatives). He's the wrong person to have in that position. While Maria Parra isn't the ideal drug policy reformer, removing Souder is of primary importance here.