They apparently are going through with it this time.
A couple of false starts, essentially neutering the program by rescinding the requirement of registering and cutting off the funding, still couldn't squash the 'EVIL DEMON THAT IS THE GUN REGISTRY!' (cue CON horror music)...
The set-up costs of the program are indeed reason for alarm, if not anger. There is also room for qualms as to how it was applied and how the rural communities were not well served. However, the main costs have been invested; what has to be weighed is the benefits and the ideals behind it.
It is sadly comical to hear CON after CON rant about the infringement of rights that this registry invokes, while scanning the data and considerable value that even in its current trimmed state it provides for those whose job is to serve and protect Canadians.
Along with the private members bill that is before the house, now Harper's minions have let it be known that the Gun Registry will face another attack, this time through the senate.
So it's time to test the members of the senate, those superheroes of sober second thought, with this end-run attempt by our missing in action so-called leader.
CON duffus Peter van Loan said the government's proposed bill is "a fairly non-partisan issue." While 'Public Safety' prefaces his name, van Loan has obviously chosen to ignore the needs and desires of Canada's police chiefs, who through their members called upon the registry more than 9,000 times PER DAY in 2008. Guns are used in crimes, by people who are well-versed in the business, and by those who are irrational, angry and/or violent. Just a scan through the headlines the past few days turn up places where the police would be better prepared by knowing who has a gun and how many. In one instance, the incident has sparked renewed questions on gun control and mental illness; in the other, the rights of having access to such dangerous firepower was never questioned.
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has already signalled his stance, and that of his party -- damn the consequences. That's called a principled stand. If the divide on this issue is essentially rural vs. urban, so be it. But I can't help but wonder why we'd want another Mayerthorpe, just in the name of protecting the rights of people to bear arms.
Rookie senator Yonah Martin, a school teacher by trade, will face her first real test as a lapdog of the CON agenda. She was apparently chosen to represent the Lower Mainland, a heavily urbanized and suburbanized region. Perhaps she will listen to the opinions of law enforcement, who too often have to show up at scenes like this. Maybe she'll weigh the studies and statistics which support protecting and enhancing the current gun registry. But from what I've seen from our so-far unimpressive new Set-For-Life Tory, I'm not going to hold my breath.
If the CONs are truly interested in reducing crime of all kinds, they will admit that their rural vote-grabbing theatrics are missing the mark, and just another example of Harper's divide and conquer strategy run amok. Which side of the debate will you, Ms Martin, stand?
Not suprisingly, this senator who sits on the technology committee does not have a website or email posted. But if you want to make sure Ms. Martin hears what Canadians (and hopefully her constituents from the Lower Mainland) think, send an email to the Leader of the Gov't in the Senate, Ms Marjorie LeBreton @ Marjory.LeBreton@pco-bcp.gc.ca