We can all thank America's foolish and unjust war on drugs for this problem.
By prohibiting the sale and possession of drugs, our federal and state governments have created a massive black market. When the people involved in the black market have disputes, they obviously can't turn to the courts -- so they often turn to violence, and innocent people get caught in the crossfire.
And many people spend time in prison because they were convicted of nonviolent, victimless crimes.
Unfortunately, Republican and Democratic politicians refuse to take any steps to end prohibition. Last year, voters in Washington and Colorado took matters into their own hands and passed initiatives to end prohibition of marijuana.
But in Texas, the war on drugs is going full-blast. That's great for the drug cartels, prison contractors, and prosecutors, but it's awful for everyone else. Let's elect some Libertarian legislators and take action to end this self-imposed tragedy.