When we don't offer an attainable way out of a stupid decision, those who did have a desire for change will believe their life is beyond saving. We have become the setting for Les Miserables'. Where the state creates an exploited mass of hungry and suffering common class of society, then squeezes them beyond decency.
When the Federal Reserve quits pumping billions into our stock market and buying our nation's debt, there will be some dire economic consequences. If hyper inflation hits (or should I say "when" it hits), we will see massive new theft felonies. Not necessarily more crime, but more petty misdemeanors inflated up to felony status because we've set a hard dollar amount as our distinguishing definition of what a felony is. State Question 780 simply puts a one-time adjustment in place. Oklahoma needs reforms which annually adjusts the dollar amount wherein a prosecutor calls for a felony charge
Let me share a family story... A distant relative of mine was at a community festival event in a city park, in another state. He had too many beers and the few porta-potties had long lines. He walked into the forested area, far away from the crowd, and relieved his bladder. A cop came by and arrested him for public exposure. He is now labeled "sex offender" in all 50 states... for life.
We have to differentiate the serious, repetitive, and violent sexual predators; but leave the rest off of our lifetime ban lists. We have created "leper colonies through our excessive zoning restrictions. When a guy or gal gets busted for peeing behind a bush, then has to live in the very limited zones where there is NOT a park, school, or daycare within 1/3 mile; The ramifications are devastating. We have grandmas on this list! We must not accept every other state's sex offender list without comparing the facts to see if the person would get the same justice if the violation happened in our state.
Oklahoma needs to study the Colorado policy on Marijuana, instead of filing federal lawsuits against them. A massive cartel has raped our economy of billions of untaxed dollars in marijuana trafficking. The product is less lethal than liquor, but unregulated in potency. When Colorado changed course and regulated the product, it became safer than booze and resulted in less DUI problems. Potheads don't exhibit the same risk-taking behavior that drunken drivers do.
Oklahoma retained liquor prohibition 25 years longer than the rest of the nation. I hope we don't have to wait 25 more years to figure out that this is not felony conduct. I'm a teetotaler, but I and getting robbed of tax dollars because our state assumes that anyone possessing pot... is a felon.
I could go into the many medicinal arguments, but that's a side issue. Let me just say this; I don't mind if my neighbor takes a shot of brandy at bedtime, to help him sleep better. And I don't mind if my other neighbor, the veteran from 3 tours in Iraq, smokes a joint at bedtime, to help him overcome the night terrors that PTSD has produced.
The massive influx of new revenues, along with the curbed expense in policing pot as equal to LSD, can be redirected to truly important objectives like maintaining public safety and preventing child exploitation. I discussed this matter with Tulsa DA, Steve Kunzweiler. He obviously disagrees. He claims he is doing a convict a big favor by prosecuting him. Kunzweiler assumes every person accused of possession is in fact a die-hard addict. He believes punishment is the best thing for the addict because it's a real rehab treatment.
Self Defense Rights:
Any person with a felony record currently loses key constitutional rights. Even if they exhibited no violent behavior. Those people are far more vulnerable to harm than any of the rest of us. Loss of these constitutional rights is a very serious undermining of our great claims of liberty.
It's time to let them go hunting with their kids, keep a shotgun for home defense, and even seek a career in law enforcement.
In California, any person seeking mental health counseling is now facing gun confiscation. This includes multitudes of veterans seeking PTSD assistance from going to war on behalf of our nation. My father was one such veteran who loved hunting for the therapeutic effect of the peaceful day in the woods.