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Posted on 04/06/2012 6:40:32 AM PDT by Joe Brower
Canada abolishes long gun registry
April 5, 2012 6:17 pm
Yesterday the Canadian Senate voted 50-27 to abolish the long gun registry. Bill C-19 received unanimous support from Conservative Senators, and some support from Liberals. The bill had previously passed the House of Commons. It became the law of the land today, with the Royal Assent of Canadas Governor-General.
The bill does not change Canadas registration system for handguns, which has been in effect since the 1930s. Nor does it change the registration system for certain long guns which have been classified as prohibited or restricted weapons. Likewise unchanged is Canadas complicated and burdensome system for licensing gun owners, which was created by a Liberal government in the 1990s.
The registration changes, however, are monumental. Registration records for seven million ordinary long guns are to be destroyed. The government of Quebec has announced that it while file suit to attempt to obtain custody of the 1.5 million registration records pertaining to citizens of Quebec.
Ever since the regime of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the 1970s, gun control in Canada has been primarily a culture war campaign against the masculine values of rural Canada, and as a means of demonstrating the dominance of Canadas urban New Class.
To this day, the foremost public justification for all forms of gun control is Gamil Rodrigue Gharbi (who changed his name Marc Lépine). Gharbi/Lépine was the son of an alcoholic, wife-beating, child abuser who had immigrated to Canada from Algeria. In 1989, he murdered 14 women (13 by gunshot, one by stabbing), and wounded 8 women and 4 men in the engineering building of a school affiliated with the University of Montreal. An incompetent response by police dispatchers to the 911 calls gave Gharbi/Lépine the opportunity to murder at leisure.
In The Montreal Massacre (gynergy books, 1991), Quebec feminists describe their outrage, and demanded the rehabilitation of masculinity, whose (allegedly) misogynist pro-death culture is based on aggressive sports, violent entertainment, and the penetration of women during sexual intercourse.
Canadas leading public proponent of gun control, Prof. Wendy Cukier, had previously proclaimed that in Canada, gun control is a one-way street; once restrictions are imposed, they are never lifted. This was never entirely accurate; popular demand forced the removal of some long gun restrictions that had been imposed during the World Wars. But the removal of a major peacetime anti-gun law truly does signal a new era in Canadian right to arms politics.
Efforts to repeal the long gun registry lasted 17 years, and they finally succeeded in part because the majority of Canadians have concluded that the registry was a colossal waste of money, of no value in crime control, and a pointless invasion of privacy.
Globally speaking, the repeal of the registry is the most important gun policy event of the last year. As the United Nations works towards a final draft of an Arms Trade Treaty this year, the Canadian publics rejection of registry adds to the challenges of the global gun control organizations which want the Treaty to include gun registration requirements.
An article in Forbes profiles Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz, whose tireless work was essential to the repeal. Breitkreuz, incidentally, had started out as a supporter of registration, and changed his mind after studying the evidence about whether it would help reduce crime. Kudos also to the Canadian Sport Shooting Association, to Canadas National Firearms Association, and especially to the late David Tomlinson, who passed away in 2007, and who for over three decades was the Founding Father and leader of Canadas right to arms movement.
Canadian gun owners know that much more needs to be done to undo the damage caused the kulturkampf which Trudeau began, and which has burdened Canadians with laws that do nothing to enhance public safety, but whose purpose and effect is to harass and persecute law-abiding gun owners. Bill C-19 is a good first step, and a monumental one.
Canada abolishes long gun registry
California adds long gun registry.
If i ever decide to move back to Canada i’m thinking they won’t welcome my SKS’s.
Now for the rest of C-68 which still allows warrant less searches of your home, draconian regulations,lack of concealed carry,etc.
To top it off Govt. bureaucrats now wants to create a NEW law ( not really a law as in Commons Bill. In Canada laws can be created thru “ orders in council” ) where all ammunition must be kept secured in a metal box and locked away from all firearms.
I could never figure out why a country founded by hunters and trappers was so for gun control. I guess it is because of the English way of no bill of rights for mere peasants and favored status of the gentry who feared their serfs.
Anyway gun restrictions make no sense for a huge country that is half wilderness filled with wolfs, bears and drunk Indians (oops, First Nations peoples).
I was a security manager for a single store of a large chain of department stores. They sold long guns and did a brisk trade in Northern Ontario. They had a "white card" system. Each gun purchaser had to fill in a duplicate card with their name and address on it. The serial number and maker of the weapon was also recorded. They had the cards in a locked drawer. Later, I was informed the Ontario Provincial Police had new system (1981) and also had the data the store clerk had recorded.
The public were informed of the costs of the system that seemed to supersede our Ontario system. Three million dollars they were told. It was costing over a billion dollars and counting, when the new Conservative government decided to scrap it. I will concede I do not understand why they want to scrap the data base though. Quebec has just gotten the law courts there, to be able to keep the data base pertaining to Quebec.
Our own Ontario system seemed to be pretty well the easiest way to do things.
Trust some bureaucrat to bring in a mammoth boondoggle.
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