(Originally published in the Merritt News)
© By Othmar Vohringer
Last week’s Merritt News poll “Should the long-gun registry be scrapped?” showed an overwhelming 84% in favour of scrapping the registry. Newspaper, Internet and even government polls across Canada showed similar results. The people of Canada, and by no means all of them firearm owners, have spoken. They want the tax money wasting and useless registry gone.
As can be expected the NDP and the Liberal party ignored the voice of the people and instead voted to keep the registry. It tells you something about these two parties that they had to crack the whip to get all their MP’s to vote accordingly. There are still a few misinformed that believe the gun registry actually serves a purpose. Maybe, if someone could persuade criminals and lunatics to obey the law and register guns. But as long as only law-abiding citizens obey the law it amounts to the equivalent of Merritt wanting to control the stray cat problem by neutering veterinarians rather than the cats.
A few days ago someone said to me “I do not understand the big deal about the gun registry. Cars need to be registered too.” That may be so but you do not have to provide written testimonials from neighbours, relatives and employers. You’re not subject to house searches without warrant. If you’re a day late to re-register your car the police will not confiscate it. If you go through a divorce, are facing financial problems or dealing with any number of other problems that could put a temporary damper on your chipper mood, you do not have to worry that your car will be impounded for “safekeeping”, and yet cars are responsible for killing and injuring many more people by drivers breaking the law or driving recklessly than guns ever will.
Pro-gun registry advocates say that the gun registry is an important tool for the police to check who owns a firearm. This is one of the big myths about the registry. Frontline police officers will tell you that if they have to attend a situation they do so fully prepared to be met with violence. Makes common sense too. What good is it to check a registry that only lists law-abiding people?
With the “whipped” vote to keep the gun registry the NDP and the Liberals have betrayed their constituents. They have ignored all the facts and the public’s overwhelming support of scrapping the long gun registry. Instead they agreed that it perfectly acceptable to keep wasting millions on taxpayers money on a half baked law that is neither workable and an infringement on the constitution. They blatantly overlooked the fact that the long gun registry has neither saved lives nor enhanced public safety. Do we really want a party, like the NDP or Liberals, who ignore the people’s wishes as well as the facts- a party that supports wasting money and the harassment of law-abiding people to govern Canada in the near future? I sincerely hope not.
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Tags: Gun Control, Canada, Firearms, Long Gun Registry