CAN’T WE HAVE A NICE, PEACEFUL DRUG TRADE? I guess not.
When you have an economic sector that’s completely unregulated, the business owners will regulate it themselves.
And when violence is already a well-established business practice, the only law to respect is the law of the jungle: kill or be killed.
Police say the shootings at separate Kamloops hotels were related to the drug trade, and though both of the victims’ families have reached out to vouch for their characters, that hasn’t stopped a lot of the public from dismissing them completely.
“Rats killing rats” is a sentiment that has been expressed in a variety of terms since this happened, and in relation to many organized crime-related killings throughout B.C. in the past years.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.