But then again, is anything?
by Dennis Florian
Canadian gun owners have gotten themselves a bit of good news in the last few days. Or should I say, Canadian gun owners outside of Quebec have gotten good news? As usual, gun owners in the land of the bloc-heads are SOL when it comes to being treated like humans. Maybe they could have themselves a referendum to separate from Quebec? But I digress…
The bit of good news in question is that, at long last, we have confirmation that the last of the data from the long gun registry (Eliphas blancus canadensis) has finally been fed to the wood chipper… on halloween, no less (No trick, all treat – no irony there at all). Except, of course, for the data relating to Quebec gun owners – seems la belle province still has the blue pill firmly lodged in its collective throat.
While the rest of the country is enjoying the end of this wasteful wank, Quebec officials are still busily presenting the dinner theatre that tells the story of how they actually intend to do something with the registry data – as if they somehow could, after the Great Canadian Boomstick Swap Meet® juggled guns from coast to coast.
And don’t fool yourself; dinner theatre is all it is. As the CSSA pointed out:
Where is the proof that Quebec won’t bother to use the registry data? Provincial politicians knew for years that the Harper government was planning to nuke the data, yet they made no provisions to accommodate the data if the courts force the feds to hand it over. Quebec has had nearly a decade to prepare its own legislation to reconcile the data. And what has it done to prepare for the hand-off? Nada.
Even more telling, it seems the good citizens of Quebec may not be legally bound to register their firearms since the federal registry has been trashed. It speaks volumes that Quebec police cannot tell us what legal grounds to charge a Quebecker for refusing to register a firearm. It seems there is no such law in Quebec’s criminal code – it is merely left to an “honour system.” This isn’t to say that Quebec police wouldn’t conveniently invent charges for bogus gun-related infractions like police have done elsewhere, but there is no apparent legal infraction in Quebec for not cooperating.
So, where is the fresh Quebec legislation to enforce a provincial registry? There isn’t any. And it seems likely there never will be. Even Quebec politicians know a gun registry does nothing in the real world. And, they know a registry would single-handedly plunge the province into unprecedented debt and fiscal squalor.
A Quebec LGR? Yeah, right. That’ll happen right about the same time the surly teenager of confederation finally moves out of mom & dad Canada’s basement and starts paying its own bills. Not that I’ll notice, of course – I’ll be too busy dodging all the soaring pork chops.
Do not, however, think that this means some kind of end to the BS from the gun grabbers. It seems that they still feel the aching need to fiddle with the math:
More than seven months after the registry was officially ended in every province and territory except Quebec, the RCMP is citing a 2008 report — based on a 2004 costing model — to suggest the registry’s repeal will save somewhere between $1.5 million and $4 million a year.
The registry of all firearms cost $7.7-million to operate in 2010-11, the last full year for which information is available. So why are the projected savings so small?
Neither the RCMP nor the public safety minister’s office will offer an explanation, although the ongoing registration of handguns and restricted weapons must account for some of the difference.
Right. Because, as anyone will tell you, removing 95% of the workload only reduces costs by somewhere between 19 and 52 percent. There’s 20 long guns for every handgun in the country, remember? And while we’re on the subject: just how is it that they only spent $7.7 million on the registry (for all guns) last year? After all, it cost $6.9 million just to maintain the old handgun registry… the year that I was born. Without giving my age away, that’s $41.7 million in 2011 dollars. I love being good at math.
“We have nothing else to say on this issue other than what we have provided you,” RCMP spokesman Sergeant Greg Cox responded in an e-mail after almost a week of correspondence with The Canadian Press.
Translation: Will you please stop asking all these questions and just go away??
No, Greg, we won’t. If the government and its assorted organs wanted to be left alone, they should have left us the hell alone back in ’95. After all, we were minding our own business and bothering no one when this malignant legislation was rammed down our throats.
And don’t think that we’re done; we aren’t. Not by a long shot.