Canada: Gun law useless: Critic
Posted 9/28/2005 from TorontoSun.com printer friendly version
"The rash of murders on Toronto streets this summer shows that Ottawa's gun registry program does nothing to keep neighbourhoods safe, industry experts said yesterday.
'How can paperwork solve anything. It just puts responsible gun owners who abide by the law through the hoops,' said Frank Hiemstra, manager of Shooters Choice gun shop in Waterloo.
'No gun law is going to stop the murders. There is a law that says you can't kill someone. Criminals don't follow the law. If you took every gun off the street, these criminals would use a knife or a bat.'
The problem with the gun registry program is it took officers off the street to do paperwork, said Wes Winkel with Ellwood Epps Sporting Goods in Orillia.
'The cops aren't on the streets stopping the criminals,' Winkel said. 'Now the Toronto mayor wants spotchecks on gun stores. It's a waste of time because it's not like we have anything to do with the violence.'
The gun registry can't control the bad guys, said Irafan Masood, with Guns and Hooks in Milton.
'People with legal guns don't do bad things. There has to be harder punishments for gun crimes,' Masood said.
Wendy Cukier, a professor of justice studies at Ryerson University and a member of the Coalition for Gun Control, said the violence on the streets has nothing to do with the gun registry."
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I think the article speaks for itself, now only if more people would listen.