Well, it’s been over a year now since the LGR was taken out and shot (in most places, anyway). So where’s all the mayhem the gun grabbers promised would happen if we took away their Precious? Skyrocketing school shootings, fender bender shootouts, stray bullets turning corners to kill innocent children, morgues across the country filled to overflowing with the victims of the Evil Gun Lobby®?
Where’s the kaboom?
Well? Where the hell is it??
OTTAWA REPORTS POST-REGISTRY SHOOTINGS ARE WAY DOWN
We can finally say that Canada has been without a national long-gun registry for more than a year – and shooting incidents have not increased. The City of Ottawa reports just the opposite. (See news item below)
The anti-gun advocacy groups have gone silent in the wake of their predictions that Canadian blood would run in the streets if the registry was scrapped. A recent CBC story says shootings in Ottawa plummeted in the past year from 11 to 2 as of this date. While it would be hubris to suggest the shooting rate is dropping because of the registry’s demise, we still have every reason to drive home the fact that the registry and public safety have nothing in common.
History shows that bad people did bad things when the registry still existed, and it’s possible bad things will happen after the registry is gone. Small wonder that U.S politicians from every party agreed that a firearms registry must never be allowed. The matter is so important in the U.S. that even the gun control lobby agreed that creating a registry should be illegal. Are you listening, Quebec politicians?
With shooting deaths decreasing, there is some irony in the February 2013 media release from the Coalition for Gun Control. The media release claims the registry will prevent every social affliction as it praises Quebec for tabling legislation to build its own registry. Here’s an excerpt from the Coalition website, conveniently located near the “Donate now” hotlink:
Wendy Cukier, President of the Coalition for Gun Control: “The Quebec government is stepping in to protect its citizens where the federal government is failing. Eliminating the registration of firearms has put lives at risk and undermines Canada’s ability to meet its international obligations in combatting the illicit gun trade. Registration increases accountability, therefore helping enforce the legal obligation to report lost or stolen guns, and encouraging safe storage, which will help reduce gun theft. It provides useful investigative information for police officers for firearm tracing purposes, and allows preventive action when there is a recognized risk of violence or suicide. Already, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has noted that last year alone, gun seizures were down by nearly 40% in his force, in part because information his officers relied on is no longer available*…
If the Toronto police are concerned with decreased gun seizures while Ottawa police are pleased with decreased shootings, it appears that Toronto Chief Bill Blair should spend a few weeks bunking in Ottawa to see how good policing works.
As long as we’re talking about the Province of Quebec’s insatiable need to register the guns that belong to sport shooters, we’re tempted to ask why it has yet to deliver on its “promise.” Where is the second reading of that provincial legislation that looks like it was written by a first-year law student on a cocktail napkin? Is Premier Pauline Marois having second thoughts about second reading, perhaps?
* Translation: killing the LGR has made it harder for the cops to steal from people. Bummer, eh?