LETTERS: Gun control aimed at hunters instead of criminals


Just over a quarter-century ago, a suicidal, sociopathic dirt-bag murdered 14 students at a Montreal college. The governing party of that day (same one as now) philosophically opposed shooting sports, so they used that terrible event to enact laws not to inconvenience criminals, but to pester hunters.

Readers may remember the gun registry: After over $2 billion was diverted from medical and infrastructure improvements, it solved no crimes, prevented no crimes, and managed to register around a quarter of the deer and duck guns in the country. But it was only taxpayers’ money, and virtue-signalling is important, right?

Just recently, another suicidal, sociopathic dirt-bag murdered some two dozen people in Nova Scotia.

The government’s police response seems to have been inept. Police spokesmen are deflective. The public safety minister is evasive. The government-funded press seems surprisingly compliant and incurious. What measures might have been applied to obstruct a determined, murderous fellow with an assault history, a firearms prohibition, a police uniform and imitation police car from mass murder and mass arson?

We can be sure, though, that the federal government will get right on that, with — according to the prime minister — a law to ban repeating-action firearms, the sort that have been used by Canadian hunters since 1905.

When your government places deer-hunter control ahead of criminal-control, they are governing wrong.

David Danylyshyn, South Surrey

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