John Klar: Back to the basics in preventing crime

Vermont has been the victim of a failed “progressive” experiment that has led to a dramatic increase in drug and sex trafficking, gang activity, and decimation of police protection and morale. This has cost lives from overdose, and increased murder, rape, and robberies while destroying businesses and discouraging productive enterprises from locating their operations here. The solution to a crime wave is to increase crime prevention.

John Klar

This would seem to be common sense, yet voices that have warned against decarceration, eliminating cash bail, softening probation, and defunding the police have been scorned by a progressive cacophony claiming “equity” and an end to Vermont’s alleged (but nonexistent) “systemic white supremacy.” Burlington has become a shell of its former beauty, yet voters reinstalled Sarah George as prosecutor, ensuring the deterioration will continue.

I am not unsympathetic to criminal defendants and the conditions which lead people to commit crimes. I have lived in high crime areas, and worked as a criminal defense attorney for years with a very busy law practice. At that time I saw that criminal laws were too tough, especially against nonviolent drug offenders. This is why I stood firm about legalizing cannabis as a conservative, why I trained as a Vermont Recovery Coach, and why I strongly advocate for more counseling services for those in Medically Assisted Treatment.

But the pendulum has now swung much too far in the opposite direction: teenagers commit more crimes than adults, yet Vermont now charges young adults as children for most crimes. Meanwhile, probation has become a joke, inmates are offered synthetic opioids easily, police are condemned as racists and defunded, and prostitution is being legalized in two Vermont cities. This is creating a perfect storm to invite criminals and crime to the Green Mountain State, and the impact is not limited to Vermont’s urban pockets  — it is seeping into our rural mountain communities.

Seven Days just reported an increase in methamphetamine use:

The true scope of meth’s reach is not fully understood, as opioids draw most of the state’s attention and resources. … Mexican cartels figured out how to produce purer, cheaper and more lethal versions of the drug on an industrial scale. … As the western U.S. was flooded with potent meth in the early 2010s and street prices plummeted, the cartels began seeking untapped markets. They looked to the Northeast, where the opioid epidemic was already well under way.

Mexico has become the world’s kingpin producer of “Mexican White” heroin and fentanyl, and lax border restrictions enable huge quantities of these drugs to be distributed through a very effective gang distribution system to Vermont. Newspaper headlines are filled with out-of-state defendants charged with selling these deadly wares to white Vermonters dying in droves, but “social justice” racialization means the obvious gang connections are ideologically whitewashed from the media even as police are falsely labeled racists for interdiction.

This is a nasty recipe for more crime, drugs, and sexual predation – all three are inseparable bedfellows, as Prohibition of alcohol proved a century ago. However well-intentioned, this radical Progressive experiment of recruiting criminals to enjoy a Vermont crime spree has failed horribly and must be reversed post haste. This is particularly true with regard to methamphetamines.

The pharmaceutical industry that seeded the substance abuse epidemic with dishonestly-marketed addictive synthetic opioids like Oxycontin and Oxycodone has come full circle and now distributes growing amounts of synthetic opioids suboxone and methadone at public expense. But there is no synthetic methadone to wean abusers off cheap Mexican methamphetamine, which is arguably a more insidious and dangerous drug even than fentanyl: fentanyl kills, but opioid addicts can be cured. Methamphetamine use causes psychosis and paranoia, and eventually leads to permanent damage to the brain – there is no coming back for many who become dangerous to themselves and others for life.

This is a life sentence that cannot be cured by new pharmaceuticals, counseling or other treatments. It can ONLY be treated by prevention. Vermont must continue efforts to educate youth about the particular perils of meth, but that alone will not counter a rise in distribution by organized businesses known as “street gangs.” Vermont headlines often display the same repeat out-of-state offenders from Chicago and New York City for a simple reason: drug dealing is a big-money, tax-exempt business by intelligent and calculating entrepreneurs who know an easy buck when they see one. Vermont is enticing them to come here with big profit margins and laughable criminal justice responses: these business people will prey on white-privileged naivete til the cows come home.

I recently warned about the growing threat to Vermont of methamphetamine trafficking:

Vermont’s progressive “movement” has already created a perfect environment for increased drug addiction and related crime. … Vermont’s progressive extremists are creating a welcoming invitation for drug traffickers, while rabidly seeking to whittle away Vermonters’ rights to protect themselves with firearms. Everything is upside down — a perfect environment for the wrong kind of commerce.

I am not unsympathetic about the sufferings of drug abusers. I am sympathetic to preventing our families and children being destroyed by becoming addicted. I also sympathize with young girls enticed to sell their bodies for the allure of cash, fame, and attention, and for the vulnerable businesses and homeowners who are being traumatized by growing property crime.

The only solution to reverse course in this ideologically-addled plunge toward anarchy and mass victimization is the same as throughout all human history: restore balanced law and order, before the pendulum swings yet further into chaos.

John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2022. All rights reserved.

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8 thoughts on “John Klar: Back to the basics in preventing crime

  1. This was really a great article Mr.Klar, made so much better [accurate] by your own personal work in your career with all of this.
    I have a question for you.

    I have read over and over again that criminal behavior, career criminals if you will, this is really about a mental disorder(s).. as with addiction in many cases.

    We see so many people today openly saying that we are having a mental health (and a mental healthCARE crisis)..
    BUT YET, we see almost no one tying the explosion in crime and the explosion in the mental health crisis together.
    As you know I am sure, most addicts are really self medicating for other issues, this is well proven.
    Then these addictions lead to crime, taking the drugs, what that does to the brain, leads to crime.

    So as we look at policy failures and money to place blame, wouldn’t you say that the crux of the matter is perhaps ignoring the elephant in the room that is the mental health crisis.. (?)
    I believe that we really got here- From There and I wonder how on earth we are going to fix anything if we are not truly diagnosing the real problem. Ignoring it certainly isn’t helping.

  2. The Liberals have to have issues to fall back on. They have them now, even if they created them.
    It is said that they cannot win in the arena of ideas, which there is a lot of truth in; so they manufacture trouble knowing that sooner or later It WILL be dealt with.
    Stupid, but that is what happens.

  3. Why not arrest and prosecute the real criminals running the offices and getting elected through fraud? Is it not clear that on Federal, State and local levels those in office are holding assets obtained through blood money, hush money, laundering, and all other illegal, immoral, and unethical means? Appears Vermont’s political swamp is full of creatures from the same lagoon. I don’t expect any change until law and order is upheld from top to bottom. When will officers of the court and law enforcement actually perform duties according to their oaths?

  4. You can’t stop crime, when the people who allow (and frankly want it) are in the state house and other elected offices. But one good step in the right direction would be a stand your ground, protect your home and property law.

  5. The left’s argument about a proliferation of crime is to “look at the root causes” and their response to the root causes is to throw public money at the various victimhoods. Their calls to defund police were an absolutely brilliant move to perpetuate the spread of misery which they feed on. On Nov. 8 we will see if there is a shift in the misery distribution.

  6. Want to prevent crime, it’s a pretty easy process if you break a law that’s on the books,
    you get prosecuted to the full extent of the law !!

    But living in Deep Blue Vermont and all the progressive nonsense, just look around and
    you’ll see what you get, fools in charge and crime abound ………………..

    If you really want to fix the problem of crime, vote these fools out, as they surely don’t care
    about you or the state.

  7. Noble in thought, Mr. Klar – but it’s a “non starter” as long as Liberals & Progressives rule VT. They’ll never address any serious crime or drug issues…because to do so would force them to admit that VT has the lowest percentage population of Blacks, nationwide… but has a far larger percentage of Blacks in VT prisons. So to ever really deal with drug, violent crime, murders….VT Liberals would have to step on the ‘Third Rail”….and they believe it’s “racist” to do so. Ergo, it won’t be addressed in any meaningful way. Their mindset is to ignore – rather than admit, any problem.

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