Wrong, and might I say very naive. Ever hear of extortion and protection, been around forever.
You're right, extortion has been around forever, and it always will be. It also isn't a victimless crime, and it will never be legalized. Drug sales and use are victimless crimes, and if they are legalized it would take a huge market (and money source) away from gangs; decrease their size, and thus the frequency of violence. If drugs were suddenly legalized, what would the people in the old black market drug industry do? Some might switch to the legal industry. Some might switch to extortion. But i doubt there's enough demand for extortion to employ all of them. Legalizing drugs won't solve all the gang problems, but it will lead to a massive reduction. It would be a lot larger of an impact than what the government has been doing for the past 50 years. What other solution would have such a massive effect?
What world do you live in? A drive-by never targets one person a drive-by is meant to kill any and all. Prohibition has very little todo with it. Unfortunitly pride, respect and some stupidity, also Try poverty. You can give a gang banger weed will he smoke it? maybe but he is more likly going to hussle it for the cash.
Yes, poverty and money are a big lure to gang membership. It takes a lot of people to control all of the stuff that the government makes illegal. If all goods were suddenly legalized, gangs wouldn't need the same amount of people. All the growers, drivers, and sellers would suddenly need to find new work. Suddenly their skills are needed in a legal market. And there would suddenly be job openings for all the work they used to be doing.
In prohibition, if you give a gang banger some weed and he sells the weed in a rival gang's expanding territory, there is a drive-by. If that happened in a legal / regulated market, it would be called competition. No one gets shot when a CVS plants a new store next to a Riteaid. Maybe in addition to legalization, there are other ways to make huge cuts in gang-related violent crime. What do you think?
That is the same as saying all accidents that traces of marijuana are found in the blood stream caused it.
How much time have you spent in the city? I'll bet not much more than a drive-threw with your doors locked looking for the quickest way out.
I'm not sure I understand your reply to cristinew, but it sounds like you might be thinking that she said that being high on drugs is what causes drive-bys. I think she was saying that prohibition causes a business environment where conflicts are settled with violence rather than with peaceful legal means.