Prohibition is the act of forbidding something by law. We have seen it enacted countless times throughout history and even modern day. From alcohol and firearms to drugs like marijuana, many things have been prohibited by governments. The problem with prohibition is, while it sounds like a great idea in most cases, it ultimately leads to more problems than solutions. These problems include the development of organized crime, as well as people coming up with their own means of acquiring the banned substance. Prohibition is an inefficient means of control due to the fact that it only leads to organized crime and illegal activity.
From 1920 up until 1933, the US government put a total ban on the sale, distribution, and production of alcohol. Their reasoning for the ban was to help rid the country of alcoholism, family violence, and saloon-based political corruption. While these are all terrible things that we as people should attempt to be rid of, prohibition certainly was not the solution. What prohibition did in this particular instance is it led to the development of organized crime. During this time period, the mafia came to fruition and notorious gangsters were on the rise. One of the most notorious of these gangsters being, Al Capone whom of which was a very well known bootlegger and murderer during this time. Another problem that arose was people illegally brewing their own alcohol. There are several instances of people who had the know-how and the resources to supply themselves with alcohol as well as others. The term moonshine originated during this time as people who made their own alcohol typically did in the nighttime. It didn’t matter that alcohol was banned, people still acquired it one way or another.
Just like alcohol back then, the use, possession, sale, cultivation, and transportation of marijuana is illegal under federal law in the United States today. This is the reason we have issues with drug dealers and cartels. One of the most infamous cartels being El Chapo from Mexico who was nicknamed, “The godfather of the drug world”. Despite the law’s best efforts to keep marijuana use non-existent, their efforts are made in vain. People once again, still find ways of acquiring it and producing it themselves.
Now, when it comes to firearms, you’ll find that many countries today have completely banned firearms or have put highly strict laws and bans on them. There is a whole black market dedicated to guns and firearms due to this. Those who purchase guns through unconventional means, do so by getting in touch with those either have the ability to make their own guns, or have their own private stocks.
No matter how many bans a country places on something, it will do more harm than good. People will ultimately find their own ways of acquiring the unconventionally acquirable. Prohibition is inefficient due to the fact that it only leads to organized crime and illegal activity.