Colorado is on track for another first: the nation’s first legal heroin shooting gallery. The Denver City Council has voted 12 to 1 (thank you Mr. Flynn for being that 1) to allow a “safe injection site” where heroin and methamphetamine addicts can shoot up in their own cozy private booths. And what makes these killer drugs “safe”? They’re safe because the addicts are within screaming distance of a health professional that will quickly put an antidote in their arms if they start to shake in the first signs of a killer overdose.
The people in favor of government helping addicts feed their addiction call this “saving a life.” Those against it call it insanity. In their usual guise of fake compassion, Democrats and leftist radicals – but I repeat myself – try to sell the sites as “prevention” measures and bleat about how they are helping the poor addicts. After all, addicts have fulltime jobs stealing from friends and relatives and 7-11 stores to finance their drug habit so it’s only kind and neighborly to give them a safe place to shoot up.
Denver Councilman Albus Brooks dutifully mouthed the requisite virtue-signaling in defending the bill he introduced. “When you view someone simply as an addict, it is easy to stigmatize them and ignore their pain; when you view them as your neighbor, you see their story as connected to yours and feel called to act,” Brooks said. “To do nothing would be a grave injustice. That’s simply not who Denver is.” Ah, the old reliable bromide “that’s not who we are” borrowed from the Saint Obama latter-day catechism.
Brooks needs to explain to parents who have lost children to heroin just how it’s “neighborly” to supply addicts with the drug that’s killing them. They may not overdose at the “safe site” but the government keeping them dependent on the drug will eventually claim their lives.
That’s why radical stalwart California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill. Even this leftist icon knows there aren’t enough moonbeams in the world for “safe injection sites” to help addicts in the real world. The California site would be located in San Francisco, adding to the city’s tourist attractions: the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and that map of human excrement so critical to the authentic vacation experience.
Said Brown in a rare fit of liberal rationality, “enabling illegal and destructive drug use will never work…Fundamentally, I do not believe that enabling illegal drug use in government sponsored injection centers – with no corresponding requirement that the user undergo treatment – will reduce drug addiction,” Brown wrote in his veto statement. There’s no requirement in the Denver law either that addicts get help, whether it be rehab or methadone treatment to wean them from the drugs. Wouldn’t it be neighborlier to give addicts who are shooting poison into their veins a way out instead of giving them a way to do more death-juice? Does Mr. Brooks think junkies are happy being junkies?