Daily Archives: November 4, 2015

Five People Stabbed At University of California, Merced

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CNN Reports:

Five people have been stabbed at the University of California, Merced, the school announced via Twitter.

The suspect was shot by police and later died, the UC Merced Police Department said.

The victims sustained their injuries in front of the Classroom and Office Building, the school said in a statement. The school initially reported that the five victims were students, but later said that not all of the victims were students.

There is a problem in our society, and it’s not guns. The problem is, people are attempting to commit and are committing mass murders in at what would appear to be an alarmingly increasing rate, and we are vilifying inanimate objects, guns, instead of addressing the real issue. We need to try and figure our why this is happening. I suspect it has to do with the breakdown of the traditional family, and lack of strong father figures in our son’s lives, but hey, I’m just a cop.

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65% of Ohio Voters Opposed Legalization of Marijuana For Medical & Recreational Use

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Ohio voters yesterday rejected a ballot proposal Tuesday that would have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana, by a margin of 65% to 35%. ABC News reports:

The measure known as Issue 3 ballot would have allowed adults 21 and older to use, purchase or grow certain amounts of marijuana. The constitutional amendment would have established a regulatory and taxation scheme while creating a network of 10 growing facilities. That feature was a target of opponents as well as a separate ballot question aimed at preventing monopolies from being inserted into Ohio’s constitution for the economic benefits of a few.

I am not in favor of legalization of marijuana, for a plethora of reasons. First and foremost, it sets a horrible example for our children. Secondly,  I look at all the problems alcohol causes, and I can’t see how legalizing marijuana would benefit society. I only see more harm being done. Thirdly, I rebuke that “the tax revenue would be a boon to society” argument. I think that’s laughable. The government makes more than enough money already, earning more will only lead to more waste. I always recommend people read the following article, which gives the some the most frightening facts from a twenty year study of marijuana use, by Professor Wayne Hall, a drugs adviser to the World Health Organisation

  • One in six teenagers who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it
  • Cannabis doubles the risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia
  • Cannabis users do worse at school. Heavy use in adolescence appears to impair intellectual development
  • One in ten adults who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it and those who use it are more likely to go on to use harder drugs
  • Driving after smoking cannabis doubles the risk of a car crash, a risk which increases substantially if the driver has also had a drink

Sadly, I do believe that marijuana legalization is inevitable. It’s only a matter of time.

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