The New Democratic Party has lost its way. Years ago, the CCF and their successor, the NDP represented the common man and advocated for justice. I respected that. Today, the NDP have chucked any vestige of respectable behaviour by telling one lie after another in debating the bill to eliminate the unregistered long firearm registry:
- Repeatedly they stated the registry saves lives in spite of many murders and suicides being committed with registered firearms and sticks and stones and knives.
- Repeatedly they stated police referred to the registry thousands of times a day when in fact police search central databases that automatically ping the registry. Police never rely on it to bring evidence to court or to determine whether or not officers are in a safe situation.
- Repeatedly they stated that the registry solves crimes when in fact the registry is a way to harass firearms owners whose firearms are stolen. Criminals don’t register firearms.
- Repeatedly they stated that the registry prevents suicide when in fact suicidal people will use whatever device comes to mind whether jumping from a high place or into water, taking poison, using a knife, etc.
- Repeatedly they stated that registering a firearm is the same as registering a vehicle. It’s not. You don’t go to jail for failing to register a vehicle.
- One even claimed the PC party was catering to “a minority”. That’s not even logical. How many votes can a minority give? The NDP used to care about protecting minorities. Now the NDP wants to bully minorities.
- Repeatedly they called firearms “weapons” when the vast majority of firearms are never used to harm or to threaten any person.
- Despite acknowledging that criminals don’t register firearms the NDP sees value in requiring law-abiding people to register firearms. The registry never solved the problem it was supposed to solve, violence with firearms. Violent people don’t care about or respect the rule of law.
- The NDP repeatedly insisted it made sense that to retain the flawed data in the registry for the province of Quebec. The basic unfairness of having future purchases of firearms not being registered while past purchases of firearms would continue to be registered. How can the NDP support equality before the law for all people while proposing that fairness should not apply to owners of firearms.
- The NDP also chose to ignore the citizens of Canada who voted in abundance to support the PC party which campaigned on a platform including elimination of the registry.
- Repeatedly the NDP recounted the stories of women murdered using firearms. The fact that no legislation or piece of paper would change the mind of violent criminals who would do such things was ignored over and over. One even said the registry “protects women and girls”. That’s a lie.
- The NDP claimed the registry costs $4 million per annum to run, neglecting the costs of all the transactions in retail establishments, and the time wasted by police offers having to dodge the weight of paper the database supposedly spits out and failed attempts to use the data in court where lawyers can easily have it thrown out on the basis of the documented error rate.
- One NDPer even claimed the registry saved lives but chose to ignore the fact that 17 police officers were killed by means of firearms in spite of the registry existing.
In all of this is the assumption that people in Canada do not have a right to own firearms. I have lived in regions of Canada where bears hunted people. People better have an unfettered right to own firearms for protection. Several NDP MPs lost their seat in the House at the last election because they did not have the spine to vote as their constituents required.
The Government announced that there was no agreement on how long the debate should last and they set some days for future debate so we should soon be rid of this nonsensical law.
UPDATE Some snippets from Hansard:
Hon. Peter Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I must advise that an agreement has not been reached under the provisions of Standing Orders 78(1) or 78(2) concerning the proceedings at report stage and third reading of Bill C-19, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act.
Under the provisions of Standing Order 78(3), I give notice that a minister of the Crown will propose, at the next sitting, a motion to allot a specific number of days or hours for the consideration and disposal of proceedings at those stages. My plan is to allot one further day of debate at report stage and two days for third reading.
Mrs. Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, BQ):
The firearms registry is an effective crime prevention tool, and I will give some examples. Of course, this government believes that all the statistics we quote are fictitious, but we will quote them nonetheless. In Quebec, the rate of homicides committed with a firearm dropped by 40% between 1995, when the registry first came into effect, and 2006. Of course, this registry has also had an impact on the rate of suicides committed with firearms.
Doesn’t that take the cake? Homicides include suicide. Did suicides fall during the time? No. They increasd. Do suicides check their registrations before doing the deed? No. When did fuzzy emotional thinking replace practicality in the NDP?