Archive for December 25th, 2006

Merry Christmas to all!

December 25, 2006

Wishing everyone who passes this way a very merry Christmas and all the best in the coming year.

May common sense prevail in 2007.
(On second thought that may be too much to hope for.)

You can’t talk about guns and self defence in Canada

December 25, 2006

Vancouver school trustee, Sharon Gregson, has come out of the closet and admitted the unthinkable. She is a gun owner and a competitive shooter! Not only that. She has applied for a Utah concealed carry permit and thinks that a Canadian discussion about self-defence would be a worthwhile exercise, Even worse, she made the statement that if someone in the Engineering classroom at Montreal’s Polytechnique had been armed when Mark Lepine went on his murderous rampage there was a good chance that he could have been stopped before he killed the 14 young women.

John Les, B.C.s’s Solicitor General, immediately jumped into the fray, saying that Gregson had “crossed the line by advocating that she and other Canadians be allowed to carry concealed guns as can be done in many U.S. states”. On Gregson’s argument that it should be easier to obtain permits for concealed carry, particularly in the case of women who feel threatened, Les continued his rant saying, “I don’t care whether it’s a U.S. state or a Canadian province. I just don’t think it’s necessary to be carrying a concealed handgun. Full stop, period”.

Crossed the line? Les sounds more like a federal Liberal than a member of the provincial Liberal party. Or is that really the provincial Liberal position?

Of course the Coalition for Gun Control’s Wendy Cuckier was also polled for her reaction and of course was “appalled” and said that Gregson was sending out a “dangerous message by advocating putting guns into the hands of more women”.

Maybe “dangerous” to Cuckier’s agenda.

It’s fascinating to see how the debate – if you can call it that – plays out.

Gregson says, “What I’m advocating for is, at least, a discussion in Canada about where we want to be in the long term around guns, so that we are formulating our public policy based on research and experience, not on an automatic knee-jerk reaction that guns are bad”.

Cuckier says, “I don’t think think we need to have a wider debate about carrying concealed weapons and handguns for self protection. It runs contrary to Canadian tradition and it certainly runs contrary to Canadian law”.

Translation: I don’t agree with it, ergo I don’t want to talk about it.

What I would like to know is when self defence became a bad thing in Canada. Who in hell made that decision for us?

I also get the distinct feeling that there is a mindset amongst some people that would rather see people dead than be given the opportunity to defend themselves.

And isn’t it odd that a Canadian citizen can get a concealed carry permit in the U.S. while you can’t even talk about self defence in Canada without coming under attack. Doesn’t it seem even stranger that the U.S. government trusts Canadian citizens more than our own government?


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