- The Goodale office Income Trusts leak. Developing...
- The handgun ban proposed by the Liberal party has been receiving some really negative response. It seemed like a sure fire hit. However, after reading some information, I am not so sure.
Ironically, a handgun ban is practically in effect already in Canada. Handguns are only given to registered owners. It has been this way for over 60 years. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the electorate.
Obviously no one is in favour of having unrestricted access to handguns. However, it seems like a smokescreen announcement, given the fact that the gun registry has not lessoned gun violence. And that an all out ban in other countries have not been proven to be successful.
So how can handgun crime be lessoned? For starters, how about severe penalties for possessions of handguns outside of a government sanctioned handgun?
Secondly, there needs to be a study done on handgun crimes on guns that have been registered. If handguns used in crimes are typically registered, that is a good correlation to measure. If handguns in crimes are illegal, then any registry has proved to be ineffective. Thus, registered owners that do no harm ought not be punished.
Third, the root of the problem cannot be solved by a quick fix. It means an agenda of education of values, where people are taught that problems are resolved between people and the law. Not vigilante justice. Violent vigilante justice ought not be tolerated by the community.
Of course, it is doubtful we are ever to see real vision on this issue. If people still want to kill each other, they will find a way. Whether that be a gun, knife, or some other method. The method is not the problem. The people controlling the method are. If violence is to cease, then people will need to smarten up. No statist law or regulation can instantly change people. If a government is to govern for the future, it needs to foster values - a hard word for a government to digest, let alone legislate.