Canadian reporter discusses the imminent demise of Canada's gun registry.
The antigun bias of this piece is evident within a second of clicking on This story
I mean, you have a picture of Rutger Hauer, star of the low budget grinder Hobo With a Shotgun, with an expression of total insanity on his mug, something Mr. Hauer has perfected over the course of his decades-long film career. I guess that to the article's author, Stephen LaRose, every gun owner has an inner Rutger Hauer, waiting to come out at the slightest (or perhaps even no) provocation.
But I digress.
Mr. LaRose tries to justify gun registration by claiming it has reduced crime, and that it has been in place since the Second World War, back when according to him, it prevented Nazi sympathizers from formenting an insurrection. (Ah yes, the ol' "it's been around for decades, therefore it's a good thing" bromide)
The stats on gun control actually seems to point to increased violent crime when weapons are denied to everyday citizens. And as for the WWII angle, does this Mr. LaRose really think that registering guns would prevent such a thing? That these "insurrectionists" wouldn't simply go through the bureaucratic process and then use their lawfully acquired weapons? Or that they wouldn't somehow find a way to acquire them by smuggling or some other method? Or that they wouldn't simply ambush some mounties, and take their service weapons? If someone has a cause they believe in strongly enough, or are being paid well enough to participate in, they'll try to accomplish their mission by any means available. And why isn't Mr. LaRose appalled at the idea of anyone's rights being diminished by legistlative fiat, (mis)informed by war-era paranoia?
The author also describes his participation as an adult in his son's Beaver Troop activities, and how he apparently needed to clear his name before doing so, because his name coincided with that of a registered sex offender. The process of doing that supposedly took longer than it takes to legally purchase a firearm in Canada.
He claims some sort of irony in that "deadly firearms" are being de-controlled, while his participation in a lawful, innocent activity is being hampered.
He's missing the very point he's making - that government is perfectly capable of interfering terribly with all of the activities we just about take for granted.