We are living a war zone. An army of armed assailants has invaded the land west of Stanfield, Arizona and is willing to shoot anyone who dares to offer resistance to the ground they have claimed as their own. They will kill or capture competitors, and even those among their own ranks, to remain in power. They are threatening or attempting to murder our own peace keepers in order to assure their free movement into and across our county. Their motivation: preservation of a trade route for their products. Their products: marijuana, other drugs, and human beings.
This is truly the drug war. Not the war on drugs – whatever that is – but the drug war. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has made it clear that the drug cartels are in control of the region south of Interstate 8 on the border of Pinal and Maricopa Counties. He is requiring his Deputies to patrol the area in pairs rather than alone. The Bureau of Land Management has posted signs warning hikers and other visitors to stay out; that the area is dangerous because of these armed smugglers.
I hate this situation. To think that my safety is at absolute risk if I happen to have a flat tire on that stretch of road, right here in my own county, is completely unacceptable. But I am NOT powerless to change what is going on!
Donovan Kramer, Jr., Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Editor, was on the mark in his editorial this week when he said, “This problem, of course, is closely related to a demand for drugs in the United States
, and the importance of prevention efforts cannot be underestimated.
The answer to the drug war includes three strategies: preventing addiction and drug use in the first place, reducing demand for drugs among those who use them, and law enforcement to eliminate the dangers associated with the traffickers.
I cannot (or will not) arm myself and go out in the desert and fight back against this army of smugglers. I am neither trained nor prepared to do that. As a culture, we have hired and trained law enforcement officers for that task. I fear for their safety from the shear number of traffickers present and their ferocity.
What I CAN do is fight back my own way – by relentlessly working to prevent drug use and promoting recovery from addiction. If the drug war going on right here, right now in our own backyard makes you as mad and uncomfortable as it does me, come and help us!
Actively fight this drug war in your own home, church and community by becoming a Prevention Freedom Fighter. We can give you “training” about drug prevention, “arm” you with the information and skills you need, and send you back into the community as a prevention “commando” ready to fight back and save lives. Call 520-836-5022 or click here
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