26 March 2009

Ask a "Non-Urban"...

..."Non-Two Spirited" Canadian...

The long-gun registry has been a bane in the North where hunting and sport shooting are part of the culture and popular pastimes for both residents and visitors.

The root objection to the gun registry is that it targets the wrong people. It's a rural solution to an urban problem.

Implemented as a crime-preventative measure, the long-gun registry has simply been an unwieldy and intrusive colossal waste of money that penalizes law-abiding hunters, farmers and recreational shooters and does nothing to enhance public safety.

Since its implementation in 2003, it has cost Canadians more than $2 billion but has never solved or prevented a single crime.
My feelings on the "Farmer Bob Rifle Registry" are quite well-known... so I don't need to reiterate them here.

The point to remember is that handguns in Canada have required a special "restricted registration" since the 1930s.

That, of course, didn't stop the "natural governing party" from awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in software and hardware contracts to their corporate pals... while claiming they were battling crime.

And guess what... even with the really abysmal compliance rate, the damn thing still doesn't work.

Chew on that for a minute... and unless you're a complete idiot... you're gonna be clamouring for your two billion dollars back.

Because, the simple truth is, you've been suckered by the Liberals... yet again.

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14 comments:

Neo Conservative said...

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[full text of article follows]

End long-gun registry's waste of our tax dollars
RON GRECH - Timmins Daily Press

The long-gun registry has been a bane in the North where hunting and sport shooting are part of the culture and popular pastimes for both residents and visitors.

The root objection to the gun registry is that it targets the wrong people. It's a rural solution to an urban problem.

Implemented as a crime-preventative measure, the long-gun registry has simply been an unwieldy and intrusive colossal waste of money that penalizes law-abiding hunters, farmers and recreational shooters and does nothing to enhance public safety.

Since its implementation in 2003, it has cost Canadians more than $2 billion but has never solved or prevented a single crime.

The reasons are obvious. Illegal smuggling by organized crime is by far the principal source of firearms on our urban streets. Gang members and armed criminals don't register their guns. And the vast majority of gun-related offences are being committed with handguns, not hunting rifles or shotguns.

So if the registry is completely missing the target and not addressing the problem it was designed to, why has the government been so slow in getting rid of it?

It's because at a time when we have a rise in shootings and gang-related crime on the streets of Toronto and Vancouver, getting rid of the registry would open the government up to criticism from the anti-gun lobby and from urban voters who have no connection with hunting or recreational shooting.

Former public safety minister Stockwell Day tabled two bills before the last election aimed at abolishing the long-gun registry but both died in the face of opposition from the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Québécois.

However, the issue is being revisited through a private member's bill from a Conservative backbencher. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has openly supported this latest effort.

The question remains whether Liberal and NDP members will also support it. NDP Leader Jack Layton has spoken against the bill, suggesting as it is currently worded, the bill would "make our streets more dangerous."

Layton's statement places a number of Northern Ontario MPs in an interestingly awkward position, since the NDP have a bloc of support throughout the North where the gun registry law is not popular at all.

If there's any consolation, there's a parliamentary tradition of relaxing party discipline and letting MPs vote their consciences or the wishes of their constituents when dealing with private members' bills.

We will certainly be watching closely how Charlie Angus (NDP -- Timmins-James Bay) and other Northeastern Ontario MPs represent their constituents' interests on this issue. Let's hope they all take aim and shoot down the gun registry once and for all.


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JA Goneaux said...

My dad's story: as a law-abiding citizen, he duly sent in his application for his five guns, complete with cheque.

Cheque is cashed in two weeks.

Almost two months go by, no word, so he phones and he's told the forms weren't filled in correctly. He didn't put his street address on it.

Of course, living in the country and using a post office box, he doesn't HAVE a street address.

"Use your 911 designation", he was told. Well, that was interesting, because they didn't yet have one of those, and they were told it wasn't to be used for anything non-911 related.

Eventually, he just got fed up, used the 911 "address" and that was that.

So now, he's registered. Now, if someone steals his guns, they'll have to:

1) break into his house
2) find the room the guns are in
3) find the hidden closet
4) break into the locked closet
5) break into the gun rack
6) steal the guns

Of course, his ammunition is stored elsewhere, also under lock and key. And the firing bolts are somewhere else. Not to mention the trigger locks.

But hey, what is safety and due diligence when he'd probably get charged for unsafe gun storage and get as much time as the thief?

Eric said...

Lets be clear though, the gun 'registry' is inefficient waste of money.

Gun safety training is not and neither are gun storage safety laws.

Too often Liberals portray 'conservatives' as being gun freaks who want everyone to have a fully loaded assault rifle next to their bed at night. (Or something similar) When in truth we just oppose wasteful spending on a program that does nothing to reduce crime or keep people safe.

Neo Conservative said...

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"jag says... as a law-abiding citizen, he duly sent in his application for his five guns, complete with cheque."

similar story here.

g-dad got all excited about this when it first came in... so on the day before the deadline, i sent in a registered letter for him, listing all his rifles and asking for further instructions on how to proceed.

he never heard anything back from them.

so much for the much-vaunted efficacy of the "rifle registry".

face it folks... ya got stung.

now... can we have our two billion dollars back?

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Anonymous said...

I find it strange that for $2 billion the gun registry is still all screwed up. After the mad cow thing the agriculture world (for 7 or 8 milliom$$) put in a computerized system that can trace a cow right to the stall it was born in. Do ya think they should give every gun owner a cow.

Rob C

Neo Conservative said...

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rob... this whole thing was orchestrated, not to do anything about crime... but to put hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of "liberal friendly" corporations.

you wanna know what really went on here... follow the money.

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langmann said...

I could have made the long gun registry for about 2000 dollars. Apache server and mySQL. voila, secure internet access of a database.

Heck we've made databases for research involving data entry of thousands of patients and it was nowhere near even a million dollars.

liberal supporter said...
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langmann said...

a) unregistered long-guns are not a problem.

b) apache and mysql are pretty safe but nothing is perfect which means you made a great argument for not keeping a list of owners of long guns as per (a).

c) innocent people who are incarcerated is not what we are talking about. that is a terrible thing but a different issue. the crawl of our justice system is another issue that shouldn't punish victims and future victims when the criminal gets off early simply because the justice system is slow.

Neo Conservative said...

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"liberal supporter says... waaaaaaaaaaahhhhh... you need to hear me"

ah, yes... the indisputable wisdom of anonymous trolls

hey, libby... i've told you what it'll take to be part of the conversation here.

you apologise for all the obnoxious trolling and start posting as "ex liberal supporter", i'll let your stuff stay up.

until then, gomer... -- deleted --

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liberal supporter said...
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Neo Conservative said...

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poor little "liberal supporter" aka cc... aka nonny-mouse... feels he has to pound out another essay to impress me.

sorry, troll... you've been told.

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liberal supporter said...
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Neo Conservative said...

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libby is apparently really lonely tonight.

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