Well DUH! We've said over and over and over again that restricting access to guns WILL NOT make you safer. Here's MORE proof.
TORONTO -- Despite Canada's gun-control laws, shooting deaths are becoming commonplace in a city once considered safe.
Yup, that's it. The guns load themselves, aim themselves, and just "go off" by themselves. No human intervention necessary. It's GOT to be the gun's fault.
"We have to try to get these guns off the street," Toronto police Chief Julian Fantino said at a news conference yesterday. "It seems today the way conflict is dealt with is violence in so many different quarters -- and the weapon of choice invariably tends to be the gun."
And, of course, it's our fault. After all, the U.N. says all it takes is one "member nation" that doesn't go along to screw up global gun control.
"The majority of those types of firearms -- 95 per cent plus -- are coming from the U.S.," said Bob Frolic with the Canadian Firearms Centre in Ottawa.
And that's what happens any time you make something illegal that people want - you produce a black market to fill the need. Unavoidable rule of economics, and no gun control law you will EVER pass will change it. If they can't import them, someone will make them locally.
"They're easy to buy, they're cheap and they're easy to smuggle into our country." Frolic said a small semi-automatic gun that fits in the palm of one's hand can be had for just over $100 at a flea market or gun show across the border. Such a weapon could then be resold on the street in Canada for $300 to $500.
ANGER MANAGEMENT? The vast majority of homicides are directly related to the illicit drug trade. These people are killing each other over drugs, or money, or because they are ON drugs at the time. "Anger management" is directed at Joe Blow who has a temper. The number of that type of homicide has held steady for YEARS. Don't confuse 'em with the facts, though.
Fantino proposed to deal with the problem by instituting more community-based programs to deal with anger management, especially among young people in marginalized communities.
Just like they're stopping the influx of drugs? Good job there. Wish you luck.
But the focus should be on more concrete initiatives, such as stopping illegal handguns from coming into the country, his critics said.
But nobody will listen to Mr. Hinter, he's an evil man who wants to put machineguns into the hands of children. Jesus save us. [Rant mode off] (Edited to fix the link)
Jim Hinter, president of the National Firearms Association in Calgary, wants to see more police officers on the streets and fewer people dealing with the bureaucracy created by the government's 1995 gun registration law. Hinter and most gun-ownership advocates contend the gun registration law targets law-abiding citizens. He said Ottawa has wasted millions of dollars on making them register their firearms. Criminals, he said, don't bother to register their guns. "We have the longest undefended border in the world and if we were prepared to stop every person coming into Canada and search them, and tear apart their vehicles, that would be the only way you could perhaps (stop the smuggling of hand guns)," Hinter said.
Bureaucrats tend to need simple tangible targets to draw the focus away from their own incompetence. Sheep tend to like easy concepts, like... Guns are bad. No guns = no shooting deaths. Stupid people have guns, because guns are bad. We must stop stupid people from getting guns, because guns are bad, Etc... Sheep don't think as individuals, and average Joe politician knows it. Give them a target, keep it simple, and you'll justify your position as a "leader". The complexities of the individual mind and the need for freedoms escape the sheep who haven't given it much thought. While those in power tend to rely on them "not giving it much thought". The world according to Stealth. [8P]
Stealth, when the government finally tramples the Constitution and feels itself free to do as it pleases, you will be one of the first to be "re-educated". Whether that will be in a gulag "mental hospital" as in the former Soviet Union, or with a bullet behind the ear as in Cambodia remains to be seen. You recognize and spread truth, and are too dangerous to be left laying around.
I'd prefer the bullet, but with enough beer they might be able to brainwash me. [beer]