Monday, April 30, 2007

Chrétien: there he goes again

Virginia Tech killer used handguns, which have been registered in Canada since the 1930s

I see that business consultant Jean Chrétien apparently regards the Virginia Tech massacre as a vindication of his government’s $2-billion long gun registry debacle. (If the reporter – CP’s Alexander Panetta – thought to ask Chrétien how the Dawson College shooting vindicated the gun registry, sadly Chrétien’s answer has been left out of the Star story.):

“It’s a lot harder to get weapons here in Canada than in the U.S.,” Chrétien said.

“I was pretty stunned to see how easily he [the Virginia Tech shooter] managed to get himself armed to the teeth without any trouble. He would have had to answer a lot more questions here.”

One day after conducting the interview last week, the former Liberal prime minister was asked by the Conservative government to represent Canada at Boris Yeltsin’s funeral in Russia. But during the interview, he took a swipe at the Tories’ hostility to the long-gun registry his government introduced.

Critics have complained the Conservatives have rendered the registry toothless by waiving penalties for people who fail to register their firearms.

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day insists the latest one-year amnesty is an attempt to offer recalcitrant gun owners another chance to register their weapons. Chrétien said he can’t understand why people would be dead-set against registering their weapons.

“Apparently, you have to register your dog, no? And your bicycle, too. It’s way less dangerous than a gun,” the former prime minister said.

“There’s nothing to it. ... I don’t understand why we’re having a hard time getting people to register their firearms – when people register their bicycles and pets.”
-- Chrétien defends Liberals' long-gun registry, Virginia Tech carnage shows law's value, former PM argues, Toronto Star, today

Now, this may be more a case of the Star – and not Chrétien – trying to connect Virginia Tech to the long gun registry, but regardless, and for the umpteenth time: the Liberal long-gun registry had no effect on the law regarding registration of handguns and fully-automatic weapons such as AK-47s, M-16s, etc. Handguns have been required to be individually registered since the 1930s. And people don’t have to register their bicycles – not in Toronto, anyway.


Totally Tory said...

Most cities have long since given up trying to register bicycles. It was an idea out of the 1970s, appropriate given that Chretien is the one who discussed it.

Come to think of it, a lot of people don't register their dogs either, as dog owners quite rightly view it as a city cash grab in most instances. I guess these things have more in common with the Liberals' useless long gun registry than even Chretien knew.

Anonymous said...

Gamil Gharbi was on a Jihad to murder females as a punishment for Canada allowing them to be Educated
which he claimed in a suicide note was offensive to Allah and took jobs away from Muslim men like him.
His dad was a Algerian immigrant with Sharia law as the basis for punishment in his family, yes Gamil was abused by a violent dad , but it wasn't until 1999 that The Star had the guts to mention the "M" word.
That's the word Muslim that we now see can get a Media in trouble with the CRTC if it used to describe a Muslim terrorist , Chretien appeased the men hater femiNazis that had created layers upon layers of anti-male Departments that keep these females employed and encourage bogus Misogeny claims to justify their existance.