Posts Tagged ‘gun control

Gun control push on both sides of border

- April 13th, 2013

Gun control is the hot issue on both sides of the border.

In Ottawa and Montreal Canada’s opposition parties are talking gun control and in Washington there are now Republicans joining Democrats in the Senate to push new gun control measures. The common thread is that in both countries the measures proposed by politicians would target law abiding gun owners and do nothing to stop crime or deal with mass shootings like the Sandy Hook massacre.

At the NDP convention in Montreal the official opposition is looking at several calls regarding guns.

Resolution 03-09-13 denounces what the NDP members from Esquimalt-Juan-de-Fuca call a weakening of mental health checks and the “unbalanced” weight of the gun lobby with the current government. It calls for a new firearms advisory council with more police and safety advocates on it and for the government to respect Quebec’s calls for their own gun registry. Resolution 03-56-13 submitted by the riding of Gatineau says pretty much the same thing.

But the big resolution to watch is this one from the Quebec section of the party.

3-23-13 Resolution to Maintain the Classification of Prohibited Weapons in its Entirety

BE IT RESOLVED that the NPD call on the government of Canada to immediately reclassify non-restricted military-style semi-automatic rifles as prohibited weapons, as many of Canada’s police forces
and coroners are requesting, with a view to taking these weapons off the market and ensuring they remain traceable to and in the possession of their owners at all times, despite the abolition of the long-gun registry.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NPD call on the Government of Canada to ensure that the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles be updated at least once yearly to include new weapons on the market or those that have been superficially altered to avoid a restrictive classification.

It will be interesting to see which if any of these pass. My guess is that in essence they all will even if the first two are rolled into one for the big vote.

Meanwhile the NDP are not the only ones talking gun control. Liberal leader in waiting Justin Trudeau was talking gun control with Post Media’s Michael Den Tandt. You can read the an edited transcript of the interview, posted like a Teen Dream Magazine article with lots of dreamy pictures, here. But for those interested in gun control the fascinating part is that Trudeau calls himself a big believer in gun control, you just have to sell it the right way.

“It became a wedge issue between urban and rural Canadians, when Canadians are united on not wanting more gun crime – not wanting violence against women, against children, against what have you. So that approach is one that, because we had a polarization there, we are going to have to pull together and figure out different ways, better ways, hopefully, of responding to the fundamental concern which was, how do we keep our communities safer, in a way that does not … set off too many Canadians, or millions of Canadians.

Now the issue for me is that yes, I am a firm believer in gun control. But the way we go about it needs to be in a way that is effective and that involves stakeholders from across the geographic and political spectrum.”

Now, I’m not sure how that squares with calling the gun registry a failure as he did last year during a campaign stop in Eastern Ontario. Den Tandt didn’t follow up but that’s okay, we’ll have plenty of time to ask him that after Monday.
Here’s my chat with Ben Shapiro regarding the latest moves in the US.

COLUMN: Duhaime – Quebec repeats failed policy of gun registry

- February 22nd, 2013

Quebec’s gun registry a shot in the dark

by Eric Duhaime

When a state’s intervention costs 1,000 times more than expected and has not proven to have saved a single life, the government backtracks.

That’s exactly what has happened after two decades in Canada with the now-infamous national gun registry.

I don’t know what got lost in translation, but believe it or not Quebec’s Public Safety Minister, Stephane Bergeron, tabled Bill 20 last Tuesday to create a brand new provincial gun registry to replace the federal one.

When asked how much this new registry will cost, Bergeron said “a few million dollars,” reminiscent of former federal justice minister Allan Rock’s declaration 20 years ago that the national registry would cost a mere $2 million before it ended up costing over $2 billion.

Quebec has been challenging Ottawa’s decision to rip its registry for months.

The provincial government even went before the Superior Court to recuperate the already existent registry data.

It won its case. Ottawa appealed and the judicial war could go on for another two to five years.

To justify why Quebec is going in the opposite direction from the rest of the country, Bergeron predictably argued that “Quebec is different.”

I never thought that “distinct society” means reproducing our neighbours’ costly fiascos with enthusiasm.

In fact, what is truly different is that not one single politician in the National Assembly stood up to defend farmers and hunters who own a gun — all 125 MNAs support the PQ Bill.

Nevertheless, polls showed that 36% of Quebecers thought it was a good idea to abolish the gun registry.

How come not one single elected official defends the position of over one-third of their constituents?

Why is it in Quebec that politicians are the most opposed to a pedophile registry but also most in favour of a gun registry?

Isn’t it more important for parents to know that their neighbour is a pedophile than for the police to know a person has registered his gun?

Quebec politicians are concerned about the rehabilitation of serial pedophiles but prone to consider unregistered gun owners as criminals.

Go figure.

The Montreal Polytechnique massacre of 1989 has been the event used by our politicians to embrace the idea of a costly and ineffective gun registry.

For the first time since, the brother of one of the 14 women who was shot in that tragedy, came out recently against the registry.

Claude Colgan, brother of the late Helene Colgan, reminded us that it is a criminal that killed his beloved sister, not guns.

It is criminals that we should get tough on, not weapons they employ.

Quebec gun owners are currently trying to organization their opposition.

There are estimates of around 1.6 million guns in Quebec, owned by half a million Quebecers.

Two weeks ago, 250 of them rallied in Drummondville and decided to join the National Firearms Association to lobby their cause.

They might not have a voice in Quebec’s parliament but they have much more on their side: Common sense. Let’s hope they win this David- against-Goliath fight.

VIDEO: Piers Morgan takes on Ted Nugent

- February 5th, 2013

Piers Morgan is a bit better behaved in this interview than others on the gun issue but he is still an ass.

COLUMN: Lilley – Obama misses target

- January 21st, 2013

President’s promise on gun control will accomplish nothing

by Brian Lilley

On Wednesday morning, with smiling and nervous children at his side, US President Barack Obama unveiled his new gun control proposals in Washington.

His plans are a direct response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month and are supposed to be about making sure such attacks never happen again.

The New York Times hailed the gun control proposals as the right thing to do, The Washington Post called the proposals “a sound response.”

The reality is the central promise of President Obama’s plan will accomplish nothing. Read more…

Can you donate to Ian Thomson’s defence fund?

- January 4th, 2013

If you are not sure who Ian Thomson is then watch the video and read the story below. Ian will be on Byline tonight to explain the unfair prosecution he has faced at the hands of an over zealous crown prosecutor. He is facing huge legal bills and needs help. If you can help defray the costs contact Ian’s lawyer below.

Ed Burlew, In Trust
16 John Street
Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1X8

or call 1-888-gun-loss

 

Protecting your home, family a risky move in Canada?

Kris Sims
QMI Agency
Protecting home and family with force appears to be a risky move in Canada.
Ian Thomson was acquitted this week after the judge ruled the former firearms instructor had no choice but to defend himself when attackers firebombed his rural Ontario home. Thomson has spent thousands defending himself.
“I frankly don’t know how I am going to come up with the rest of the money,” Thomson told QMI Agency.
Canada’s justice system has a knack for punishing people for defending themselves and their property, often called “castle law.”
Joseph and Marilyn Singleton of Taber, Alta., have been forced to spend $30,000 in court after the couple encountered thieves who ransacked their home and nearly drove over Marilyn while fleeing in May 2010. Joe hit one of the thugs with an axe handle to keep him from running over his wife. The homeowner was charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.
And Toronto shopkeeper David Chen was charged after he defended his business from thieves. Chen was found not guilty and was the catalyst for the federal government to change Citizen Arrest laws. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is also awarding him the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
“This legislation provides clear direction on the use of citizen’s arrest, self-defence and the defence of property,” Sean Phelan, spokesman for Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, said in a statement to QMI.
“The fact is Canadians who have been the victim of a crime should not be re-victimized by the criminal justice system.”