Here’s my disclaimer: I grew up in rural Southern Alberta, surrounded by Conservatives and gun-owners. I think my dad owned between 3 and 5 rifles and shotguns. Nevertheless, I’ve always been somewhat ambivalent about the gun registry legislation.
I’ve generally supported the idea in principle, but if there’s no evidence there for it, it may be time to give it up.
That is, unless someone can provide some real, evidence-based arguments for it’s continuation.
Instead we get this (in reference to the Montreal Massacre which inspired the registry):
Not only are these ReformCons forgetting the women of the Polytechnique, they’re stripping their deaths of meaning. And dismissing 20 years of heroic feminist struggle to try to make Canada a safer place.
I’m sorry, but an emotional appeal to that tragedy does not a good argument make.
In fact, trotting their memory out to appeal to your own partisan gains is distasteful and disgusting.
If there were evidence supporting the registry, it ought to have come out in the Auditor General’s report three years ago that instead said:
The auditor general’s report also found that there is a lack of evidence to support the effectiveness of the gun registry, or to prove that it is meeting its stated goal of improving public safety.
You can also find police chiefs on either side of the debate, bringing their personal politics in with little more then anecdotal evidence.
Can registered guns be used to kill people? Absolutely.
Can those evil villains still access unregistered guns? Absolutely.
Is this the only method we have of knowing who has guns? No. In Canada we already license firearms owners and have safety training courses. This fact seems to be absent in every single mindless debate on this issue.
So up until now I was a luke-warm supporter to neutral on the gun registry. But after so many crap, holier-than-thou arguments (especially from partisan Liberals), I personally couldn’t care less if they scrapped the registry tomorrow.
Hell, maybe we could actually put the money toward social programs and education campaigns that can actually prevent violence before it happens.
On the long gun registry. To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth