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Inflammatory “ten percenters” on the gun registry goes too far.

Just a little follow up to my blogpost detailing the vandalism and criminal acts that took place in Guelph on Friday. When you see stuff like this:

or this:

…you’d think maybe the Conservatives should have known better then to be passing around this latest “10 percenter” ad I received in the mail this past Friday, which condemns the Long Gun Registry with the usual Conservative talking points and saying that they’re scrapping it with some apocalyptic and incendiary language like this?

“How can they (the Liberals) continue to hide behind the ridiculous long-gun registry, blatantly insulting law-abiding farmers and hunters while violent criminals continue to menace our streets? The Conservative Government is ending the insult… we’re restoring the dignity and respect for the farmers, hunters and sportsmen who have been persecuted…”

This ad (part of it seen at the end of this blogpost) was sent out in Oxford on behalf of the local MP, Dave Mackenzie. I’m presuming the Conservatives are sending this bit of propaganda to their rural ridings prior to the election call so that they can try and stir up anger among that portion of the electorate. My point about this is when the Conservatives use such venom and use such inflammatory remarks in going after the gun registry, I’m not sure it should be much surprise that some wingnut(s) (or psychopath(s), as Matthew called the person/persons) gets enraged at reading this kind of poisonous remarks and then goes out and causes havoc, as they did in Guelph. I mean, read Matthew’s account of what could have happened to some neighbours of his who were one of the homes victimized by this:

We had friends over who live two doors away from one of the vandalized homes. Their neighbours’ home was spraypainted and the car keyed. However, it wasn’t until they called the police to report the vandalism that they were warned to check their brakelines – which were indeed cut. Had the police not warned them that this was part of the psychopathic vandals’ attacks, they could very well have died – all routes leading from their house head downhill.

If the Conservatives want to attack the gun registry, fine; but stop using over-the-top remarks like what’s in this disgrace for an ad. There’s a difference of using language here that will potentially motivate your core voters to vote, and using language that can potentially motivate people to go out and damage property and do stuff like cutting brake lines that can kill someone.

I’m not saying this particular 10 percenter ad caused this orgy of vandalism and sabotage in Guelph. I’m just saying the type of inflammatory language used in this ad could incite some crackpot wingnut with anger management issues to go and take his anger out on Liberal supporters, with potentially deadly results, such as what would have happened in Guelph if someone had driven off to work not knowing their brake lines had been sabotaged.

(And yea, I’m extremely angry at what occurred in Guelph.)


The Conservatives have learned their lessons well..

…from their Republican mentors. The Bush White House has perfected the art of doing this: when bad news strikes, they try to do what is called a Friday news dump to ensure there’s as little press or Democratic spokespersons around to either report it or criticize it, or to ask them potentially embarrassing questions. It appears our Conservative government is copying their American Idols to the letter:

The Conservative government has quietly scuttled the navy’s $2.9-billion project to replace its aging supply ships, saying bids from the shipbuilding industry were significantly higher than the money set aside for the program. It has also cancelled a tender call for the purchase of 12 mid-shore patrol ships for the Coast Guard. The decisions were announced in a statement issued at 8:30 Friday night by Public Works Minister Christian Paradis.

I guess they are hoping that no one remembers to ask about it on Monday morning and call into question their claim of being the only party in Canada that “supports the troops”; which is not the case for the Canadian Navy, at any rate.

It kind of makes that particular “ten percenter” flyer they’ve been mailing around that Galloping Beaver is highlighting over their way a bigger waste of paper then normal – and actually something to potentially use against them to call them out as hypocrites on the military. Maybe some folks should write Dean Del Maestro back using that ad (since mailing them back is free) and point that out to him and the Conservative Research Bureau.

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