So the CBC spent 5 minutes of their prime national news cast time telling Canadians the breathtaking news that…..shocker…..the NRA (that’s the National Rifle Association, an American group) is interested in the Canadian debate on the long-gun registry. They are trying to influence the Canadian debate Peter Mansbridge told his audience last night.
This is shocking! Who knew? Why weren’t we told???!!!!
Except we were. By the CBC in fact back in 2005 during the election that lead to the Conservatives winning power.
It has also been reported in The Star in 2006 and earlier this year. It was reported by Tim Naumetz for the Southam chain back in 2001.
During the 2005/2006 election guns became a big issue. Toronto had just gone through the “summer of the gun” where shootings seemed to be a daily occurrence and the number of people murdered appeared unusually high.
Then there was the boxing day shooting that saw Jane Creba, a young Toronto girl out shopping with her friends, killed on Yonge St. during a gang shoot out.
In a story from December 30th the CBC raised the issue of the NRA being involved in the gun registry debate after Liberal MPs raised it. The Liberals claimed that the NRA was behind an ad campaign targeting them for their gun registry support. That ad campaign was scrapped by the Canadian Shooting Association and the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action in the wake of the Creba shooting.
In the CBC report they quote Larry Whitmore from the sports shooting association.
“I can state categorically we have never received one cent from the NRA, and we have never asked for any money from the NRA,” Whitmore said. “They are just another organization we communicate with.”
If you watched Diane Swain’s CBC piece last night, it might seem like the NRA has given money, $100,000 in fact to fight Canada’s gun registry. Listen to Swain carefully though. While she highlights these funds as she discusses NRA help for the Canadian anti-registry lobby she mentions that this was for an American infomercial. Yes, the NRA paid the whole shot for an infomercial aired in the United States and targeting American gun owners.
The shock and horror of it all.
When I heard about the NRA story, I thought it could be interesting. It would be fascinating if the NRA were organizing people in Timmins to defeat NDP MP Charlie Angus after he changed his mind on the registry. Instead CBC rehashed old news.
A few of my gallery colleagues seem to like ripping apart fake or torqued stories, or so they say. Will be interesting to see what happens with this one over the next couple of days.