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Martin just doesn’t get it

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Prime Minister Paul Martin’s proposed ban on handguns is further proof that he just doesn’t get it.

Crime is a huge problem in this country. Certainly the bodies falling on the streets of our cities is cause for concern, but this is no more a solution to gunfire on the streets than the gun registry was a solution to a lunatic misogynist like Marc Lepine.

Criminals have it easy in this country. All criminals – from shoplifters to Mafia kingpins and all stops in between. There are no meaningful consequences for committing crimes in this country. It is no more complicated than that.

Justice, such as it is, takes far too long to be delivered and when decision is finally rendered, it provides no solace for victims nor protection for the public. But, and more importantly, neither does it provide deterrence or punishment for the criminal. Well, nothing meaningful anyway.

Giving a street thug probation for breeching a probation order is not justice. Yet, that is the practical reality every day across this country. What about jail you ask? Not in this country. It is exceptionally difficult to go to jail in Canada for anything short of homicide and even then I’m still shaking my head at the conditional sentences given to the street racers convicted of criminal negligence causing death for killing Irene Thorpe.

If Martin really wanted to attack the proliferation of gun crime in our streets all he need do is amend the Criminal Code to tell the courts what to do and not let those ermine clad wonders on the Supreme Court bench tell the country what is good for us. Take back the country from the liberal social engineers who are convinced that all people will fit their image of what a good person is and will change their evil ways if given enough chances.

Commit a crime with a gun? Simple solution, you go to jail for years, not days. You don’t get a conditional sentence. You don’t get to piss about on probation. This is no different than stopping a puppy from peeing on your carpet. The puppy sees some consequences for his actions and eventually the behaviour is modified until it is acceptable.

Handguns have been tightly controlled in this country since 1934. According to StatsCan, two thirds of all gun related homicides are committed with handguns and 84% of those are committed with unregistered handguns. The Liberals have spent $2 billion on their stupid long-barrel gun registry and what has that achieved? Nada, nothing, zilch. Any legislation to further control handguns will not prevent one single, solitary death. But, knowing Martin it will probably cost a lot of money and employ a lot of bureaucrats who can speak both official languages.

Martin doesn’t get it and he never will.

Leo Knight
leo@primetimecrime.com

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Written by Leo Knight

December 8, 2005 at 3:36 pm

Posted in Crime & Punishment

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  1. Well Martin – that’s really crappy what he suggests to do. With that type of court system they should in fact allow all law abiding citizens carry guns so that they can defend themselves. If it were legal I would be not only handguns but canons to be mounted on my roof to defend against intruders or other break and enter candidates

    mark
    west of zombs

    Anonymous

    December 9, 2005 at 2:59 am

  2. In fact, he spent $2 billion and can’t even tell us who has the guns. http://www.nfa.ca/legal-articles/the-ar-15-complications.html

    It would be easy for the firearms owners, most of us contrary to popular belief, top end tax payers, to put the owe ness of proof back on the very expensive but very flawed firearms registry.
    Shooting is not a poor mans sport.
    So we want to take registered firearms out of the hands of responsible taxpayers? How is this going to fight crime?

    Just imagine if our laws had some teeth and the $2 billion went to real law enforcement….

    Tony

    AManuge

    January 9, 2006 at 11:48 pm


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