Well, not precisely. The motion to pass bill C-19, the bill to destroy the registry of unrestricted firearms, is due to be voted at 1730 Ottawa time today.
The debate yesterday was very bitter. Senators ridiculed each other’s efforts instead of presenting reasoned arguments. Irrelevance and misinformation flowed from the opposition. Here is an example:
Claudette Tardif – “The registry that this bill seeks to destroy provides valuable information to public safety officials regarding the use of long guns. RCMP data shows that long guns are the most common type of firearm used in spousal homicides. Over the past decade, 71 per cent of spousal homicides involved rifles and shotguns.”
Of course, there is no connection to the registry…
Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu – “Honourable senators, I have a question for you. If the period from 1979 to 1994 saw a greater decline in the number of homicides and suicides than the period from 2005 (rp: This is a glitch. It should be 1995) to 2010 — I am comparing two periods of 15 years each — can I scientifically deduce that the absence of the registry had a greater impact on the decline of homicides and suicides than the presence of the registry?”
Sigh… Soon it will be over. All that remains is to proclaim the change in law and to implement it. I wish it were as easy as “drop database…” but I guess there will be a lot of thrashing as well. I fully expect the registry will be gone before summer peaks.