This morning’s Boston Herald had two stories that amazed me — one that it actually happened in Massachusetts, the other that it happened at all.
First, in Arlington, a guy tried to rob a pharmacy. He pulled a gun and demanded OxyContin. The pharmacist instead decided the guy needed some lead supplements and pulled his own gun. Shots were exchanged, but no one was injured, and the would-be thief fled. And most amazingly, the pharmacist is NOT facing any charges for the normally-unforgivable offense of defending himself with his legally-registered firearm.
The second story really shouldn’t have surprised me. Representative Peter Lynch, who represents part of Boston in Washington, has decided that it’s time to ban OxyContin.
Apparently, because some people abuse the drug, it’s time to take it away from everyone. I’ve never used it, nor met anyone who has (legitimately or otherwise), but the stories I’ve heard attribute almost-miraculous powers to it for those suffering from severe, chronic pain.
So, once again, we see the typical mindset of the Massachusetts liberal at work: because some people abuse something, we’ll simply take it away from EVERYONE. The idea of just punishing the abusers is too harsh; it might hurt their feelings. Or it might be too hard. It’s so much easier to just take it away entirely.
And if the only ones who will complain are the sick, the weak, the crippled, and the infirm, so much the better. They won’t make too much noise.