Sometimes one gives up on maintaining something old, obsolete or worn out. It’s too bad we had to wait years for the stupid registry of unrestricted firearms to be scrapped. It’s still not quite done as there still remains third reading in the House of Commons, consideration in the senate and royal proclamation but the Conservative Party of Canada is committed to the process which should resume in February 2012.
The PCs have their lists of myths and facts but I thought I would create my own list. I do love lists. They clarify, motivate and break down problems to smaller pieces.
- There are about 10 million families in Canada and if they are like mine they will have a hammer or two. An announcement that a registry would be created to keep track of hammers would be laughed out of the house but that is what happened with unrestricted firearms (pieces of wood, steel and plastic occasionally used for murder but more often used for providing food, protection or sport for ordinary people).
- There are about 10 million hammers in Canada and about 20 million unrestricted firearms.
- The cost of registering the firearms was about equal to their purchase cost, more than doubling the cost of ownership for no benefit to the owners.
- The cost of registering firearms to Canada was immense. It practically eliminated retail sales of firearms except for the large chain stores. It practically eliminated the local gunsmith. While the cost of maintaining the registry was trimmed down to $hundreds of millions per annum, the cost to the economy was $billions per annum.
- Because firearms owners refused to register their firearms they could not avail themselves of legal firearms and services making criminals of ordinary people and creating huge cash-flows for organized criminals and reducing tax revenue for the government.
- Because millions of Canadians were in violation of the criminal code of Canada, ordinary good citizens were reluctant to cooperate with local and national police forces who were seen as tools of gun-grabbers.
The level of debate to which the opposition sank recently is a clear demonstration of the intellectual bankruptcy of the gun-grabbers. They raised irrelevant issues. They attacked good people doing their jobs. They begged the question constantly. Paperwork on hammers has almost no effect on crime but the opposition repeatedly claimed it did and pronounced stupid, foolish, and wrong anyone who pointed that out. They tried to undermine democracy by attacking members of parliament elected by Canadians to carry out the wishes of Canadians.
2012 should be a better year. Something horrible will be behind us, left on the scrap-heap of history. I don’t know whether my 22 year old roto-tiller or my 26 year old lawn-mower will be scrapped in 2012. I hope not. They have done a lot more good than the firearms registry ever did. A lot of military bolt action rifles widely used for hunting in Canada will not be scrapped. They are durable goods passed on from one generation to the next like family heirlooms. Few hammers are so beloved. I have hunted deer with rifles more than one hundred years old and they still shoot well enough. One ancient one in my hands beat a brand new Remington in the hands of a young man in a test of accuracy. Some have survived war, gun-grabbers and the registry.