Thursday, December 08, 2005

You knew it was coming...

NEWS FLASH>> Canada's Liberals Promise Handgun Ban

The Liberals introduced a federal gun registry in 1995, ostensibly to keep violent crime involving guns to a minimum. 10 years and $2 billion later, the rate of gun crime in Canada has risen, particularly in heavily urban areas like Toronto. Faced with questions about the registry's efficacy in light of such embarrassing statistics, federal officials were quick to defend the registry by serving up a large helping of red herring. They said the registry was worth every dime, but that concerted efforts to eliminate gun violence was being thwarted by a spike in illegal weapons imports from trigger-happy America (Surprised?).

In drafting it's latest gun control proposal, the Liberal Party policy wonks apparently tried their best to cover all the bases, even if it meant back-tracking on the America-bashing a bit. To answer the obvious question, "Why would you need to ban domestically owned handguns if they are coming in illegally from the US in the first place?", the Libs said that though the US was a major gun source, so are the private collections of law-abiding Canadian handgun owners. Hence, the proposed ban, along with a plan to bolster the police presence at the border.

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the litany of regulations imposed on handgun owners in Canada, but they are quite lengthy and onerous, and the penalties for not reporting a stolen registered handgun that was later used in the commission of a crime are very severe. If it truly is the case that stolen Canadian guns are flooding the streets, why are the owners not being rounded up and charged with serious felonies, as prescribed by the federal gun control statutes? Simple. Because stolen guns aren't the problem. If they were, the Liberals would make sure the statutes were being enforced just to blunt the Conservative Party's "tough on crime" image. Trust me, the Liberal Party of Canada would not miss an opportunity like that.

Of course, I'm a pro-gun advocate. I can write until my fingers bleed in defence of gun ownership to no avail. Instead, how about we mull over the educated opinion of someone with some clout, namely Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino:
"We have an ongoing gun crisis including firearms-related homicides lately in Toronto, and a law registering firearms has neither deterred these crimes nor helped us solve any of them. None of the guns we know to have been used were registered, although we believe that more than half of them were smuggled into Canada from the United States. The firearms registry is long on philosophy and short on practical results considering the money could be more effectively used for security against terrorism as well as a host of other public safety initiatives."
So, why the handgun ban again?


At 12/09/2005 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Canadian who went through the hassle of registering two hand guns that my deceased father brought back from WWI plus two old long guns. I never fired any of them but they are something my father owned and I would like to have them as keepsakes. However now the liberals would take the handguns from me. I use to chuckle at the right wing knuckleheads who warned that once the guns are registered then they can easily be seized. Exactly what seems to be happening. I agree 100% on your views on the CND gun registry, a useless stupid waste of money. By the way, I know your mother, young fella.

At 12/09/2005 6:24 PM, Blogger Ace said...

In the beginning, gun enthusiasts were quick to warn about the "slippery slope" of gun control morphing into outright prohibition, and the gun control advocates were equally quick to ridicule their opponents as alarmists. But, the gradual progression of gun control measures in a number of Western nations certainly seems to prove that the warnings issued by gun owners are indeed correct; gun control does eventually lead to prohibition, ergo the "slippery slope" analogy.

I don't know what the Libs hope to gain from this other than to shore up their base in Metro Toronto. It's clear from this proposal that they've written off rural voters entirely, who are overwhelmingly opposed to sweeping, stringent gun control.


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