Published: April 12, 2012: Hanover Twp… Employee robbed, assaulted at Hanover business
Published: April 12, 2012: Wilkes-Barre Twp.... Police investigating robbery at Wilkes-Barre Twp. Store
Published: April 9, 2012: Nanticoke… Shots fired during attempted Nanticoke robbery
Published: April 9, 2012: Wilkes-Barre…State police investigating shooting by Wilkes-Barre police
Published: April 8, 2012: Bear Creek… Home invaders bound couple, take truck
Published: March 29, 2012: Wilkes-Barre… Police: Wilkes-Barre burglary suspect caught in act
Published: March 27, 2012: Hanover Twp.... Robbery suspect fires at police, ditches car
If you’re not afflicted with one chromosome too many, you know damn well these stories and the crimes that preceded them are drug-related. And I’m thinking we should stop pointing fingers at our elected officials and policing agencies as the scourge that is rampant drug use speeds us down the bumpy road of accelerated societal decay.
Instead, we should attach a permanent stigma to those who partake of illicit and illegal narcotics, no matter the form, no matter the method of delivery or intake and no matter whether said drug use is purported to be recreational or not.
Rather than viewing those who partake of such debilitating substances as chance victims who need our help and who need our increasingly scant resources, perhaps it’s time we see them as what they are…the people who cannot and/or will not control their most basic of impulses.
Rather than continuing on with the failed push to deliver these people to treatment facilities (slap on the wrist), maybe more and more of these obviously reckless people need to be promptly delivered to the hoosegow; an obvious break from the current conventional wisdom.
Look at it this way.
We either deliver harsher sentences and more prisons, or we purchase stronger dead bolts, bigger dogs and more lethal weapons. Because, if we don’t get these losers off of the streets en masse, we are going to become desensitized to home invasions as they become just another disturbing way of life in a country with a rapidly declining quality of life.