A friend of mine has elected to live in one of the poorest parts of Fort Wayne. He has lived there for nine years. He is an active Libertarian.
He has told me stories that would make your skin crawl. The drug dealers in his neighborhood honestly control the neighborhood. They use his property as if it is theirs. They show the residents no respect at all.
He does not really care if the drug dealers deal their drugs and leave the local property owners alone. Some of the drug dealers do just that. He does not like it when they:
Treat his property as if it is their property
Threaten and intimidate the people living in the neighborhood
Refuse to respect his property
Deal drugs on his property
The police cannot do ANYTHING to stop it.
I visited him yesterday after he called me and told me that someone had tried to burn his house down Tuesday night. When I pulled up he was explaining his problems to two Fort Wayne police officers and three more were in the area...
The first question my friend asked me is if I was armed. He was concerned for my safety. Based on what I saw yesterday I will be armed when I return to his neighborhood, I have to renew my concealed carry license anyway...
The Journal Gazette has a brief story about it in today's newspaper.
I may publicize more of this story down the road depending on what happens and depending on what the owner decides to do and what the police do.
I sincerely hope the Fort Wayne police department helps this resident. He does not feel safe in his own house and his neighborhood is 100% controlled by drug dealers.
We have 100% failed this neighborhood and this property owner. It is not the fault of the police officers who risk their lives just by entering this neighborhood. They should NOT be blamed. They tend to do a good job and I think they do the best that they can. I fully support the police.
The problem is the failed war on drugs.
This country needs to take a step back and decide what to do about drugs and drug abuse.
The war on drugs has 100% failed. Drug use is as large of a problem today as it ever was. We spend hundreds of billions of dollars on this "war" and this money is wasted.
I am not sure what the answer is; however, "staying the course" is NOT an option...
The criminal justice system does not have enough room to incarcerate the drug dealers.
Our criminal justice system and our politicians have failed us.
The police ARE NOT TO BLAME.
This is a developing situation in my city that I will be watching closely.
The election is fast approaching; unfortunately, you will not hear politicians talking about how we can fix the failed war on drugs. They refuse to discuss it.
They stick their heads in the sand and just keep on wasting our money.
I think Mark Souder should spend some time in my friend's neighborhood so that he can see first hand what his crusade against drug dealers is doing to residents of his own Congressional District.
Note that I do not necessarily think that legalizing drugs is the answer either. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS. I just know that the war on drugs has failed...
I took a picture of the message my friend decided to send the drug dealers. The picture is not suitable for my blog. I strive not to provide content that will offend anyone...
The homeowner spray painted "Drug dealers suck pickles" on the side of his house and provided a picture...
I hope the drug dealers leave the property owner alone and I hope that the police help "re-take" my friends neighborhood.
I sincerely hope that my friend does not get hurt. Property owners should not feel threatened in their own homes.