The president wants to kill drug dealers, which he thinks would be a legal, moral, and effective way to prevent opioid-related deaths. He is wrong on all three counts, Jacob Sullum says.
Trump thinks drug dealers are guilty of murder. "We have pushers and drugs dealers [who] are killing hundreds and hundreds of people," he said on Thursday. "If you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people, and nothing happens to them." But if drug dealers have blood on their hands, Sullum says, so do drug warriors.