[blue]that it won't work..this will remove it.[/blue]
MAY 14, 2002 THE STARPHOENIX (SASKATOON)
Grit's gun registry joke beginning to hurt
It was funny when the gun-control geniuses in Ottawa registered a hair dryer as a firearm.
It was funny when they registered an electric soldering gun as a firearm.
It was not so funny when they registered three pump-action shotguns and a 9-mm pistol to Canada's most infamous gangster.
That would be Maurice "Mom" Boucher, the Montreal biker boss who was put away last week for ordering the murders of two prison guards. Boucher was leader of the Montreal-based Hells Angels chapter blamed for Quebec's bloody
biker wars. His organization was the primary target of Ottawa's new anti-gang legislation.
Boucher has all the credentials you'd expect of an infamous gangster. His criminal record includes a three-year term in prison for armed robbery and two years for sexual assault. In 1995, he was convicted on a firearms charge
after police found an unregistered handgun tucked into his belt. He served six months and was still on parole for that offence when a police wiretap recorded him advising another biker to beat a mutual enemy with a baseball
bat. The murder charges for which he was eventually convicted had been pending since 1998. On top of all this, he was purportedly running the country's most dangerous criminal organization.
Even so, it came out during Boucher's latest trial that when Quebec police raided his home in the spring of 2000, they found the aforementioned shotguns and pistol, all duly registered by federal firearms authorities.
That they hadn't registered Boucher's blow dryer and soldering gun is to their slight credit.
With Boucher's record and his national notoriety, you'd think he'd be the
last guy to qualify for a firearms licence. There is no more recognizable criminal in the country. How could he pass the requisite security check?
What is the point of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a gun registry that accredits a gangster facing murder charges?
No explanation has been forthcoming. Justice Minister Martin Cauchon, minister irresponsible for the gun registry, refuses to answer opposition questions about Boucher's licence. To do so, the minister explained, would
violate Boucher's privacy rights.
It is a sad day for Canada when the federal justice minister hides behind the privacy rights of a murdering gangster. Sad, but typical.
By any objective measure, the Liberal gun registry is a disaster. It can't identify a notorious gangster. It can't distinguish a blow dryer from a Beretta. Still, the governing Liberals insist that the registry is working
as promised to make Canadians safer.
The evidence says otherwise. It cries out otherwise. We were told, for example, that the registry would cost about $85 million, total. The actual cost is $690 million, so far. Costs are continuing to add up at the rate of
about $100 million a year. For that kind of money, you'd think someone would at least read the applications.