Guns, crime and our government donít mix
Web Posted: 12/23/2005 10:06:12 AM
With the election looming in the near future, several issues come to mind that need to be addressed and answered by the Liberal government in regard to unkept promises and ludicrous spending. However, we all know that it really doesnít matter what is said now, as they have proved time and time again that itís all lies! The #1 waste of the taxpayersí dollar as we know it, is the current gun registration. It has become the laughing stock of many in the country, and yet the government still maintains that it is doing its job and curbing crime. Excuse me while I choke on my coffee here for a minute. What was originally pegged at $80 million total cost, by Allen Roc, then minister and man in charge of the justice system, has now blossomed into a $2 billion gaggle.
Does anyone have any idea how much money $2 billion is? Let me put it into perspective. Two billion dollars could feed every man woman and child in our city for the next 65 years for free. Or better yet, how about this. Two billion dollars could put an additional 1,000 police officers across the country for the next twenty years. Two billion dollars could feed every homeless person in Canada for the next 100 years. But no, the government would rather waste it on some fabricated promise that this program is doing us some benefit in cutting down on violent crime. Yeah right!
Why do citizens of this country keep tolerating this ridiculous waste of money?
You might as well take a $100 bill and go and throw it in the ditch cause thatís what each Canadian citizen does regularly. I donít know about you, but I cannot afford to pay attention and the last thing I want to be doing is wasting my hard earned money, and trust me, I earn it.
I was listening to Rex Murphy on CBC TV a couple of weeks ago and he had some very interesting statistics. So far this year in Toronto there have been 71 murders, many of which were innocent people. The killings were almost all gun related.
The most recent murder was of an 18-year-old boy outside a church attending the funeral of a 17-year-old boy who was himself murdered the week before. It was a drive-by shooting. This brazen blasphemous horror has shocked and appalled everyone. It has shaken the city to the core and now people are getting scared. In none of these killings has the gun registry been of any assistance . It has been ineffective, of no beneficial use. No value what-so-ever.
I wonder if the criminals had their guns that they used in these hideous crimes registered?
It was always known that if there was a problem with inner-city crime, gangs, and guns, the response had to be one that dealt with inner cities and with the gangs and their guns. And of course this means confronting some of the most delicate of issues, mixing race, poverty, police relations with these communities, drugs, and several others that need dealing with.
Throwing up a national gun registry as an answer was the easy way out. It looked like it was the save all, stop all answer. Oh boy, did we get an eye opener!!
I mean it really makes sense that the old Finnish fellow living out in Nolalu that has his .22 grouse gun being registered is going to help stop all the shootings by gangs in Toronto!
The Northwestern Ontario Sportsmenís Alliance (NOSA) is taking issue with Prime Minister Paul Martinís proposal to ban all hand guns if and when the Liberal Party gets re-elected in the upcoming election in January.
The proposed ban on hand guns is a complete farce as it does nothing to prevent any sort of crime or violence since it will only affect law abiding gun owners much in the same way the current failed gun registry does.
NOSA believes this will result in billions more taxpayerís dollars spent by the Liberals on a failed attempt to address crime in big cities such as our beloved Toronto.
The gun related crime in these cities is related to the drug trade and gang wars. NOSA is confident that drug dealers and gang members arenít registering their hand guns now, so why will an all-out ban on hand guns mean anything to criminals after it is implemented?
The money that the Liberals have wasted on the current failed firearms registry, in addition to money that will be wasted on a proposed hand gun ban would be better spent in strengthening our police departments, arming our border guards and implementing stiffer penalties for gun related crime.
NOSA feels a ban on hand guns puts the country one step away from an all out ban on firearms as in Australia where a similar policy has only resulted in the rights of law abiding gun owners being stripped while violent crime involving home invasions and assault have risen.
Folks do yourself a favour. Get out and vote this time around. I think itís time for some changes in our country. The amount of money being wasted while people have no family doctors and the wait time in emergency rooms is escalating. Our mills and mines are closing at an alarming rate, putting thousands out of work, and the ever increasing price of energy, gasoline and increase in taxes is ridiculous.
Only YOU can make the government accountable, and if you want to slowly lose your rights as free citizens of this country then continue to do what you have been doing. Donít be the apathetic sheep.
© Mick Bohonis 2005
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