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Opioid Dealers to Face Death Penalty Under New Trump Plan, According to Report

Trump has a history of calling for a "fast trial and death penalty" — even for innocent people.

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As early as next week, the White House may unveil a plan that will allow people who sell opioids to face the death penalty, according to a report from Politico.

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Trump Calls for Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

Racist in Chief blows another dog whistle at his Pennsylvania rally.

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President Donald Trump blew yet another dog whistle to his support base of racists when he called for the death penalty for drug dealers at a Pennsylvania rally over the weekend.

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Racist Professor Who Calls Blacks, Hispanics More Violent Than Whites Appointed to Trump's Sentencing Commission

William Otis will fit right in with Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

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A former federal prosecutor who once said Blacks and Hispanics are more violent than whites has been tapped to join President Donald Trump's sentencing commission.

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Gun Control Won't Happen Because of Profit-driven Racism

NRA propaganda whipping up fear of Black and Latino people for gun industry profits is behind crazy permissive gun laws.

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Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot to death are all over the news today, but history tells us that the public reaction to the most recent massacre will go away in a few weeks. This is why the NRA keeps quiet.

The Parkview massacre is related to the massacre that happens every day in predominantly Black and Latino inner cities in one key way: gun manufacturers and their lobby, the NRA, have made sure that this country is awash with millions of weapons, many illegal and many more that should be illegal.

Gang members in inner cities don't use pistols or assault rifles stolen from grandpa's attic. They have the latest weapons and ammunition. How? Straw sales. Weapons are distributed to gun stores where they are purchased legally by people who then sell the weapons illegally to the people who sell them to the gangs.

The simplest way to achieve the "well-regulated" militia specified in the Second Amendment is to hold firearms and ammunition manufacturers responsible for their chain of sale. It would be a very easy thing to trace serial numbers to gun shops where the last legal sale occurred. If the manufacturers were liable, they would fix this overnight by not selling weapons to gun stores that are known outlets for straw sales. Ammunition could be barcoded and tracked similarly.

The Republican Congress, however, has moved in the opposite direction, passing laws that protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

American massacres with legally purchased guns have one common theme – large capacity magazines. I am a veteran, I earned an expert pistol medal and I am a master rated rifleman. From that perspective I can tell you no American needs a magazine with more than a five-round capacity. Today, I can go to the store and buy an AR-15 with a 100-round drum magazine and a bump stock (making the AR an automatic weapon, which was used in the Las Vegas massacre). All I need is my Florida driver's license. Lunacy.

It would be easy to enforce a law against large capacity magazines, even though there are millions of them in circulation right now. In New Jersey, if you cause an accident where people are hurt and you have no car insurance, you go to jail immediately. Same thing should happen for possession of large capacity magazines. Go to jail for 30 days. Immediately.

Many people have no idea how we got here or why we're seemingly stuck.

Money and racism is the answer. If you compare weapons manufacturing with the number of legal weapons owners, there's a gap. The gap is those weapons that end up being sold to gang members and other criminals. It's hundreds of millions of dollars a year. There's more money to be made – our country has come a long way since police carried six-round revolvers – police are militarized, every Podunk police department has a SWAT team. More hundreds of millions of dollars are being made selling military capable weapons to fight the 50-year-old racist (and failed) war on drugs. Billions more in annual sales.

Further, the NRA specializes in creating propaganda to whip up fear – fear of Black and Latino marauders. This is what's behind their support of Trump. Trump's hate speech against every minority group feeds right into the fears of scared racist white people who are the president's core 35 percent support. A perfect circular partnership.

Meanwhile, over 80 percent of white people are killed by other white people.

It is racism that feeds both desire for guns and refusal to enact logical gun control. And racism is responsible for the massacre of inner city citizens and students in leafy suburbs.

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Heroin: White Addicts Get Rehab, Black Addicts Get Prison

As the opioid crisis consumes the suburbs, rehabilitation replaces arrests.

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By Kaitlyn D'Onofrio and Frank Kineavy

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Jeff Sessions Seeks to Revive War on Drugs

The U.S. attorney general favors mandatory minimum sentences, which have a history of disproportionately affecting Blacks and Latinos.

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President Donald Trump deemed himself the "law and order" president, taking a "tough on crime" stance emphasized during his inaugural address in January that described the current state of America as a dystopian society.

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Department of Justice Putting an End to Private Prisons

Highly profitable private prisons, which aided in the increased incarceration of Blacks and Latinos due to racial disparities in sentencing, have been deemed highly unsafe.

Highly profitable private prisons, which aided in the increased incarceration of Blacks and Latinos due to racial disparities in sentencing, have been deemed highly unsafe.

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GOP Senator: U.S. Has an 'Under-Incarceration Problem'

Even though Blacks are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites, Sen. Tom Cotton says the bipartisan effort to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes is "baseless."

The war on drugs of the 1980s and mandatory minimum sentences have both contributed to the United States comprising approximately 25 percent of the world's prison population — despite representing about 5 percent of the world's total population.

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