Chow runs afoul of Layton
Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow made the following handgun ban pronouncement on July 14:
“There’s no reason anyone needs a handgun in a big city like ours. And, um, some of the handguns are stolen, others are smuggled across the border, and we need to get rid of these handguns in every which way. And I will support the initiatives of other municipalities in tightening gun control. Why are young people packing a gun? So they can feel secure? Or that they would go out and shoot someone they don’t know, um, drive by and you know, and not worried about how a stray bullet can kill people, considering what kind of impact it could have, you know, wiping out the young life of Ephraim Brown who was 11 years old.”
Have more vacuous words ever been spoken by a politician seeking public office? Imagine evoking the tragedy of Ephraim Brown in 2007 to run a campaign of fear in 2014. Chow sunk to an all-time low last week when she enlisted the services of a young girl who told a big lie while the cameras rolled. The youngster followed her prompts and said:
“We need some more after-school programs for more kids so we can have more gun safety and what Ms. Chow said was right, because people are being shot every day and it’s not safe.”
Shot every day? Not safe? After these whoppers landed, Ms. Chow shouted “Woo-hoo” and much applause from her trained seals ensued. Everyone knows that gun crime is way down in Toronto, which is still one of the safest cities in the world.
Soon after Olivia’s anti-gun love-in, Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory derailed her with this simple truth:
“What Ms Chow doesn’t seem to understand is that criminals and gang members don’t obey the law. Calling for such a ban isn’t leadership. It’s an empty gesture.”(Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, et al. – July 14, 2014)
|This is the face of gun control wisdom?
The upside of Olivia Chow’s hysterical call for a handgun ban that merely pretends to increase public safety is this – she was solidly trounced by Canadian news agencies for her academy performance. The National Post and Sun News have taken editorial positions that reveal Chow will say and do anything to take over the city hall penthouse. Besides, Chow spent enough years as an M.P to know that city mayors lobbying the federal government for regulatory change is a non sequitur. It is akin to the prime minister advocating cheaper parking rates in downtown Edmonton – not appropriate or possible.
Not convinced that Chow is little more than a political pretender? Even her vocal anti-gun husband, Jack Layton, smoked out Liberal leader Paul Martin for proposing a handgun ban in 2005:
“Since it would appear that these crimes were committed with handguns, it is almost certainly true that all of the weapons involved are already illegal — already banned,” Mr. Layton said. “So it is important for Canadians not to be diverted by election rhetoric.” (Globe and Mail, December 28, 2005)
“We’re skeptical the announcement will lead to the results that are needed,” he (Mr. Layton) said. (Barrie Examiner, December 9, 2005)
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Olivia, if you refuse to listen to us, at least listen to Jack.