Disgusting. It’s the first word that came to mind and really the only word to describe this level of opportunism. With the shots that killed four RCMP officers in Alberta Thursday still ringing in the air, the British Columbia Marijuana Party and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association are attempting to use the tragedy for their own gain.
Early Friday afternoon the fax machines sprung to life as the Marijuana Party put out a press release under the title “Prohibition Claims More Casualties”, the civil liberties folks soon followed suit urging an end to criminal prohibition of marijuana.
“Make no mistake,” wrote the BCCLA, “It is the prohibition of marijuana that caused this tragedy.” In its own leap of logic, the BCMP suggested the “shootings would likely never have occurred if marijuana were able to be grown legally.”
What happened to the thought that if police officers didn’t have to deal with violent criminals with guns they would be a lot safer on the job?
Both groups included condolences to friends, families and co-workers of the slain officers but they rang all too hollow – mere lip-service – taken in the context of their overall message. After all, wouldn’t the families, friends, and in particular, co-workers of the deceased be supportive of their roles in enforcing this country’s laws.
BCMP president who went so far as to say, “Increased penalties and enforcement will virtually guarantee that Canada has more of these tragic incidents.”
In the past we’ve expressed our support for the decriminalization of marijuana possession. We’ve also pointed out that people like Mr. Emery and his antics do the cause of decriminalization a great disservice. That Mr. Emery, the Marijuana Party and the BCCLA would try and use the tragedy of a violent criminal with a firearm, slaying four RCMP officers in the course of their duties, for their own gain is just another example of the bad timing and bad choice of tactics that is the hallmark of many who would see marijuana decriminalized.