Archive for March 29th, 2007

Ontario politician wants to ban handgun ammo

March 29, 2007

Now we have another dumbass provincial politician, this time an Ontario MPP from Scarborough (you had to know it would come from a Toronto politician) who has put forward a private members bill to ban handgun ammunition.

In his media release, this bright light says:

“You can’t fire a handgun without a bullet.  Today, if police come across a criminal or gang member in possession of handgun ammunition
(having already dumped the handgun) there is nothing they can do but let him go.  They can’t even confiscate the ammunition knowing that
it may well be used in a shooting any time in the future.  That’s simply not right and needs to be addressed.”

The release also notes that this harebrained idea has the support of the Toronto Police Chief, Bill Blair.

Of course this twit has no idea that most ammunition used in a handgun has a counterpart rifle that shoots the same stuff. Not that it’s anything new. In the 1800s they were chambering the 44-40 and the 45 Colt for both rifles and handguns. In more modern times we have made handguns chambered to shoot rifle ammunition. And of course the ubiquitous .22 rimfire.

I can only wait for their definition of “handgun ammunition”.

This is right up there with banning pointy knives.

Isn’t it about time that we started to give intelligence tests to political candidates?

More info at the Canadian Shooting Sport Association website.

News story at Canada.com .

Problems in the RCMP hierarchy

March 29, 2007

It appears that problems in the RCMP start right at the top.

The Commons public accounts committee is holding an emergency in-camera session today after testimony yesterday on Parliament Hill about corruption, cronyism and cover-ups at the force’s highest levels concerning the RCMP pension plan.

Five RCMP officers and a whistle-blower who lost her job accused the force’s senior management, led by former commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli, of corruption, and of derailing an investigation into the misappropriation of funds from the Mounties’ pension plan. One MP, Liberal Borys Wrzesnewskyj, said in an interview that the Liberals will be calling for a public inquiry into the allegations.

Last night, officials said the Mounties’ acting commissioner, Beverley Busson, announced deputy commissioner Barbara George had stepped down as head of RCMP human resources, as well as the senior executive committee. At the same time, an RCMP deputy commissioner has resigned her post as head of the forces’ human resources department.

Not that this is a really big aurprise. This story has been on the backburner for a while.

They alleged the investigation was dogged by foot-dragging and obstruction at the most senior levels — including Mr. Zaccardelli. They argue the case is a textbook example of why the RCMP’s top brass shouldn’t investigate themselves and need an outside body to handle investigations into complaints of wrongdoing against senior management.

Well, ‘duh’. It has always seemed pretty obvious (at least to my cynical little brain) that police forces shouldn’t be investigating themselves or their members for any suspected wrongdoing. But that’s just me.


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