Another chapter in the ongoing evisceration of everything that makes Canada great, thanks to the Harper government.
A survivor of the Montreal Massacre has spoken out against the planned scrapping of the long gun registry. While the law is pretty much a fait accompli at this point, with the majority in government being Conservatives, it’s good to know people are protesting.
She reminded the committee the bill will abolish the requirement to register non-restricted weapons like the semi-automatic Ruger Mini-14 that Lepine used. She and Rathjen urged the government to realize the bill eliminates the legal obligation to verify the validity of a firearms licence when a long gun is sold or otherwise transferred.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told the Commons: “It is against the law to sell firearms to an unlicensed individual. There is a penalty of up to five years for that.”
But Provost, Rathjen, and NDP critic Jack Harris assailed his logic, saying there is no requirement to keep any records of the transaction, no requirement to verify the validity of a licence with the Firearms Centre, “nor to record anything about the licence, the rifle being sold, or who he’s selling it to. He just has to ‘believe’ that the licence is real,” said Rathjen.
Emphasis mine. This has been my point all along. No matter how important it is to have a license at time of purchase, if there’s no requirement to record anything, how’s anyone going to know if you followed the law or not?
Conservatives have been trolling me with brand-new accounts on Twitter, sweeping in out of nowhere to provide Gish gallops about how horrible a burden it is to register your long gun. But they’ve already won this fight, they’re just sweeping the field to make it look more like this change that they’re ramming down the 61% of Canadians’ throats is an actually disputed or at all controversial ruling. It’s entirely polarized — Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Greens don’t want this. Conservatives do.
Those of you who voted Conservative just to give them the majority so “stuff could get done”… well, fuck you. That’s all, just fuck you.