The mayor of left-wing college town Ithaca New York is implementing a plan to help users of heroin and other hard drugs by decriminalizing the use of drugs and creating “Safe Spaces” (i.e. Taxpayer-funded shooting galleries) where they can use heroin under medical supervision.
An upstate New York mayor wants his city to be the first in the U.S. to offer a supervised injection facility, where heroin users would be able to shoot up under the care of a nurse without getting arrested by police.
“It’s providing a safe place where they won’t overdose, where they can get treatment,” Svante said. “We’re not going to encourage more people to use, it’s just going to save lives and give them an opportunity.”
The Ithaca program is modeled after a program implemented in Vancouver, BC, that the social left loves because it 1.) involves spending other people’s money and 2.) subsidizing destructive behavior makes them feel tolerant, compassionate, and enlightened. But Not everyone agrees that Vancouver’s “taxpayer-subsidized shooting gallery” plan was such a grand idea.
Jim O’Rourke is the executive director at the British Columbia-based Vision Quest Recovery Society. Schauffler says that O’Rourke put it in stark terms, saying the city is killing addicts with kindness. “We might as well put a bullet in their head,” O’Rourke told him. “We’re killing them. We just doing it in a much nicer way.”
That’s pretty much how socialist compassion works out.
I am open to the idea of drug decriminalization because the War on Drugs has not only been an abysmal failure, but has also severely compromised civil liberties. By that same token, I don’t believe the Government should be subsidizing (and therefore encouraging) people’s bad life choices. e.g. Using dangerously addictive narcotics.