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A comparison of car regulations vs gun regulations

I saw this on Facebook from a friend:

It was made by the “Occupy” movement in the US, and obviously is most relevant to them, but with what has been going on up here in Canada of late with a pro-gun /anti-gun regulation Conservative government, and their actions/attempts/considerations at weakening gun control laws and/or gun regulations, I thought it would be good to see the comparisons, to see where Canada currently stacks up.

If anyone honestly can argue that the regulations on the right that the Occupy folks would like to see on guns isn’t reasonable, be it in the US or Canada, I’d like to see the argument.

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Newtown

There are 300 million guns in the US, by some estimates. As one person said online, if a proliferation of guns means society is safer, as those in the NRA and other pro-gun organizations claim, then the US should be one of the safest places in the world. There are more guns in the US then there are people. Logic dictates when you have that many weapons, they are going to fall into the hands of a crazy person. For example, what was the mother of the reported killer doing with a registered assault rifle, + a Glock pistol and a Sig Sauer? It was her guns he used at […]

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Quebec court makes Vic Toews very mad.

As you might have read, a Quebec Superior Court ruled that Ottawa must hand over gun registry data pertaining to Quebec over to the province, so it can help start up its own provincial gun registry:

In his decision, considered a victory for Quebec, Judge Marc-André Blanchard said the registry was created in a collaboration between governments and that Ottawa can’t destroy the data on its own. “There is a complex web between the federal, provincial and municipal authorities that wove the firearms registry, which means that it could not have existed without the close and constant co-operation of everyone,” Blanchard wrote.

You can be assured the Conservative government will […]

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Amendments and the 'chamber of sober second thought' still await Bill C-391.

Bill C-391 is of course the “private members bill” to scrap the long-gun registry that passed 2nd reading last night in the House. I will reiterate that I never believed this to be a true “private members bill” to begin with (I’ve read from news reports that the PMO was handing out talking points to every Conservative MP on Wednesday – when was the last time with a private member’s bill that a Prime Minister’s Office was issuing standard talking points to its MP’s on it? Never, I would assert), and that Ignatieff and Layton on the opposition side should have recognized that and whipped their caucus on this vote. […]

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Ignatieff vows to defeat yet another Conservative attempt to kill gun registry.

On hearing yesterday that the Conservatives had decided once again to try to kill the long-gun registry, I was going to do a blogpost imploring Ignatieff not to let this obvious attempt to placate the Conservatives base pass. However, I thought I’d wait to see what Ignatieff had to say on this, and I’m encouraged this morning by what he did have to say:

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff last night pledged to defeat efforts by the Conservative government to scrap the controversial long-gun registry. “We won’t let him,” vowed Ignatieff, speaking of moves by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government in the Commons, and yesterday in the Senate, to end national […]

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Liberals promise to ban military assault weapons if elected.

I haven’t seen this yet in the media in my quick scan of headlines (though I expect it will be soon) but I saw this press release from the Liberals that should resonate in many urban centres across Canada. The Liberals will ban military assault weapons and add them to the prohibited weapons list if elected, which was very appropriately announced by Dion at Dawson College, the scene of a tragic shooting of a young girl in 2006:

Mr. Dion at an event at Dawson College (said) Military assault weapons have no connection to hunting or sport shooting, and serve absolutely no purpose in our society. No one outside of the military needs these weapons and we would all be safer without them in Canada. A Liberal government would ensure that the list of prohibited weapons is updated to include all military assault weapons. This approach was supported last Thursday by Coroner Jacques Ramsay in his report into the tragic shootings at Dawson College in 2006.

So, Dion is endorsing the official coroner’s report on this by promising to implement it as a policy. I’ll be very interested to see if Harper and his Public Safety Minister Stockwell Days does as well.

In addition, Dion promised that the government’s firearms advisory committee would be made to reflect broader opinions across Canada then it currently is now:

Under the Conservatives the committee had been quietly stacked with firearms enthusiasts, providing little in the way of unbiased advice. While the voices of legitimate gun owners deserve to be heard on the committee, we will ensure that there are representatives of major police associations like the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Canadian Police Association, health and safety experts and true advocates of gun control on the committee.

I also like Dion saying that “Stephen Harper cannot be tough on crime when he is soft on guns”. I think that is a prefect way to show Harper and the Conservatives have a double standard on this “tough on crime” spiel that this right-wing bunch tend to use to try to portray everyone else as soft. Reminding voters that Harper and the Conservatives are ideologues comparable to the National Rifle Association and their Republican allies is a good line of attack. Gun control and their visceral opposition to it is a soft spot in the Conservative armour – at least in urban Canada.

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More pandering to the gun lobby by Stock Day and the Cons.

Everyone knows that the Conservatives hate the gun registry and would do away with it tomorrow if they had the chance (and the numbers in Parliament). If you’ve read up on their advisory board on firearms, you would also know its filled with pro-gun people and those with ties to the gun industry here and in the US.

Their mission – and Stock Day’s mission and the Cons. mission – is to weaken laws where licensing is involved or where tracking guns and who owns them is involved. They are paranoid to the extreme about this – to the point where they’ve shelved a regulation that would allow the […]

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