Well, hallelujah, brothers and sisters. After more than twenty long years, it looks like we’re finally going to see the first step in the dismantling of the malignant tumor on the backside of Canadian society that is the legacy of Bill C-68. For those of you who have been living in a cave — or buried under rubble, or just really, really hungover — the long-awaited government Bill that will take the Great Canadian White Elephant out behind the barn and shoot it has been introduced in Parliament as Bill C-19.
That’s right: the Harper government is making good on on its long-standing promise to both rural Canadians and law-abiding gun owners to scrap the Farmer Bob Duck Gun Registry and destroy all evidence of its existence so future governments and other malignant gun-grabbing opportunists can’t easily dig it up and bring it back from the grave, like some poorly written episode of The Walking Dead that fell on its ass.
And it’s about God damned time, too.
The 20-page piece of legislation (which affects only non-restricted long guns) was tabled by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews Tuesday morning in the House of Commons. And — surprise surprise! — the usual suspects promptly dashed in front of the first cameras they could find and commenced soiling themselves in as spectacular a manner as they could muster the effort for.
The CBC Ministry of What You Should Think played the usual slight of hand with the numbers, the Red Star boo-hooed that the beloved registry was “Destined for an unmarked grave,”and others are rumoured (as usual) to be trying the old reclassification back-door approach.
Perhaps the best part, though, is that we aren’t just talking about ending the LGR, we’re talking about destroying it altogether. In other words, any future bunch of clowns that would try this BS again would have to start from scratch … and wouldn’t be able to lowball the costs like the Grits did back in ’95.
Toews also noted Tuesday that the end of the firearms registry means provinces like Quebec and Ontario — which have expressed a desire to erect their own long-gun registries — would have to start from scratch, as would the NDP should it ever become government and choose to reverse the legislation.
“We know what’s clear. The NDP plan is to retain those records in order to recreate that registry as soon as possible,” Toews said.
“We won’t have those records loose and capable of creating a new long-gun registry should they ever have the opportunity to do that.”
Just a little something to think about to brighten your day. Read some more, if you like:
- Quebec’s long-gun registry plans in jeopardy – the Ceeb
- The gun registry won’t be missed – National Post
- Feds honour promise to scrap long-gun registry – Calgary Hearald
- Long gun records to be killed – Winnipeg Free Press
- Long-gun registry scrapped – CTV
- End of long-gun registry seen as victory in war on Big Government – Mop & Pail
Next target: Licensing (but that’s another post)