I know the Conservatives are scrambling to hang on to their base, but this just seems idiotic at a time when we are being bombarded in the news with gun and gang crime AND the government is strutting around telling everyone who will listen just how tough they are on crime.
Before some nitwit jumps to comments to tell me that, guns don't kill people, people kill people OR we're unduly crippling hunters and rural folk OR criminals don't register their guns and don't use legal guns OR that gangsta's don't use rifles....save your breath and energy. All of these lame excuses can be refuted.
That's not the point though. The point is how the public feels. Yes indeed, Harper is going after or clinging on to a very specific audience, but the rest of us hear the news, know that guns are out of control in our society and I can't see how any move to make them easier to obtain and maintain is going to go over well, no matter how it's
The Conservatives will no doubt have all sorts of cute little names for their opponents on this, but I'd like to see Harper, Nicholson and Van Loan face this crowd and mock them (pdf) for their opposition.
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police:
Our Association supports the licensing of all gun owners and regular renewal of
licences to ensure that the information about gun owners is accurate and up-to date.
We are proud of Canada’s international reputation as a country with
effective gun control legislation, and strenuously oppose any weakening of
Canada’s current firearms control regime.
In addition to the CACP, Canadians in general want stricter laws. According to a survey in 2001:
A 2001 Gallup poll found that 61 per cent want stricter laws governing the sale of firearms and 63 per cent believe gun ownership should be made illegal for ordinary citizens.
I can't say for sure, but contemporary times suggest those numbers probably haven't gone down.
It should be obvious with this move that Quebec has been completely written off by Harper. Recent polls suggest that he's not exactly soaring in Ontario either and I wonder who on earth the Conservatives think they are going to win over that they didn't already have?
On a day when there have been major raids by police in Toronto, I'd love Harper to come back to his old stompin' grounds and tell his former neighbours his plans.
Update - Ignatieff reaction.