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http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/201 ... d-program/

The federal Conservatives have confirmed that the contentious long-gun registry will be scrapped this fall. Speaking with Postmedia News, Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner said, “Everyone knows it’s been part of our party’s policy for many years, and the Prime Minister committed to Canadians during the election we would scrap the long-gun registry … Canadians can expect to see it fairly early on in the fall,” she added. “It’s a priority for our government.”

We fully support this. The long-gun registry should never have been created. There was never a convincing explanation as to how a database of serial numbers and street addresses was supposed to improve public safety. Once established, not only did it prove expensive and error-prone, it drove a wedge between police and lawful Canadian firearms owners, who are justifiably frustrated at being deemed public safety risks simply because they owned a firearm. Scrapping the registry will remove this irritant, and is worth doing for that reason alone.

But the best argument in favour of shutting down the long-gun registry is that it will help restore badly needed reason to the gun-control debate. Contrary to what supporters of the registry might believe, Canada’s firearms owners recognize the importance of strong, effective gun control laws that strike the right balance between keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the emotionally unstable while allowing law-abiding citizens to hunt and participate in shooting sports without social stigma. Canada’s existing firearms licensing system, combined with harsher punishments for those who use firearms while committing crimes, adequately address those needs. The registry has always been a distraction that offered only an illusion of safety, one we will do well to be rid of.

There are those in Ottawa who would prefer to maintain the illusion of safety provided by the long-gun registry. Responding to Ms. Hoeppner’s pledge to kill the registry, Liberal safety critic Francis Scarpaleggia quickly declared that his party would vote unanimously to preserve the long-gun registry. “We believe it save lives, and is a valuable tool for the police,” he said. It is certainly possible to understand why the Liberal party would wish to keep the registry alive: Their party created it, and held it up in the years since as a tangible political symbol of their determination to get tough on gun crime.

In creating the registry, the Liberals often pointed to the 1989 shooting at Montreal’s École Polytechnique as why the registry was needed. This created a powerful emotional link between their party, the registry and victims of gun-related violence. Powerful, but flawed. There is little reason to believe that had the registry existed before 1989, that Marc Lepine’s murderous rampage would have been in any way deterred or prevented (it certainly did nothing to stop Kimveer Gill from opening fire on students in Montreal’s Dawson College, killing one, in 2006). In a free and open society, there will be occasional acts of random violence. That is tragic, but cannot be changed through regulation and additional layers of bureaucracy.

The Liberals have often resorted to emotionalism to defend the registry despite its many problems, never more so than in the fall of last year. Liberal MP Scott Simms, who had previously supported calls for the registry to be scrapped, tearfully shared with his caucus colleagues the sad story of his father’s suicide-by-rifle, and changed his vote to support the preservation of the registry. Mr. Simms himself acknowledged that the registry could not have saved his father, but changed his vote to support it regardless. Such is the Liberal commitment to a failed program: They would keep it because of what it stands for, not for what it has (or has not) accomplished.

Perhaps surprisingly, the only principled opposition to the elimination of the long-gun registry has come from the New Democrats. In contrast to the Liberals, the NDP has promised to wait and review the Conservative bill to scrap the registry before deciding whether to oppose it. Given that the registry has always been popular in Quebec, where most of the NDP’s strength is currently based, it is likely that they will choose to vote to keep the registry, but the NDP have traditionally allowed their caucus to vote their conscience on the long-gun registry. Last fall, while Mr. Simms and his Liberal colleagues voted en masse to preserve the registry, six NDP MPs voted to scrap it.

Canadians will be better off when the long-gun registry is finally scrapped. While the NDP’s official position to support the registry is misguided, their opposition is at least principled and respectful of the needs of its caucus. If the Liberals truly wish to rebuild themselves into a national party capable of winning elections again, in this area, they have much they can learn from the NDP.

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And that's why at least 3 provinces are considering re-implementing it if the asshole tories kill it federally. Albertans can then go about killing each other off so make sure you get in position to take one for gun freedom. Like a real puppet you just simply do what the string pullers direct you to and w/o a brain of your own are perfect for the job.

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There is no bigger puppet here than you lest we forget the HypoGrit party press releases you've cut & pasted onto these pages like some brainwashed party functionary. :roll: Yeah, you're a real free thinker alright. :roll:

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There is no bigger puppet here than you lest we forget the HypoGrit party press releases you've cut & pasted onto these pages like some brainwashed party functionary. :roll: Yeah, you're a real free thinker alright. :roll:

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........still not an original thought about anything

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The last line is classic for those Hypogrit hasbeens:

If the Liberals truly wish to rebuild themselves into a national party capable of winning elections again, in this area, they have much they can learn from the NDP.

Maybe Socialist Bob will switch back to the ND's since his current gig as interim leader of a dying party is going nowhere. :lol: No PR's from Hypogrit HQ worthy of inclusion here, dinosaur party hack? :lol:

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Yep, you prairie people shure like yur guns, yep. Just like the mini-me Amurricans we all knew you were.

I hadn't thought it possible you were as much of a bigot as your fellow HypoGrit hack but you've almost achieved that lowly status so congratulations! :roll:

I dislike guns as much as I dislike paying for ill conceived HypoGrit billion dollar boondoggles that weren't able to show how it would "help minimize risks to public safety with evidence-based outcomes such as reduced deaths, injuries and threats from firearms." That quotation is from Auditor General Sheila Fraser who had more revelations about the program including how the HypoGrits hid funding from Parliament here:

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story ... 957b01a6a0

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Yep, you prairie people shure like yur guns, yep. Just like the mini-me Amurricans we all knew you were.

I hadn't thought it possible you were as much of a bigot as your fellow HypoGrit hack but you've almost achieved that lowly status so congratulations! :roll:

I dislike guns as much as I dislike paying for ill conceived HypoGrit billion dollar boondoggles that weren't able to show how it would "help minimize risks to public safety with evidence-based outcomes such as reduced deaths, injuries and threats from firearms." That quotation is from Auditor General Sheila Fraser who had more revelations about the program including how the HypoGrits hid funding from Parliament here:

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story ... 957b01a6a0

You are the biggest fcuking racist here and the most stupid AH on this board.

You live in Alberta and you vote blindly for the biggest crooks ever. Stupid is a complimentary name for you

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Racist? Is that all you think the term means, dinosaur? How typically one dimensional of you. :roll:

Definition of BIGOT:

A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from their own or intolerant of people of different political views, ethnicity, race, class, religion, sexuality or gender.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigot_(disambiguation)

Everyone of course knows you're the biggest bigot on this board but LeSabre is not far behind.

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Is English a new language for you? Apparently as you didn't even know what the word really meant, stupid bigot. :lol:

FO you ignorant CS.......how's that for calling it as it is in plain english....is that ok vaseline boy?

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Thanks for proving my point, stupid bigot.

YOU PROVE HOW STUPID YOU ARE EVERYTIME YOU POST...AND YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON I'M BIGOTED AGAINST WITHOUT GUILT OR ANY OTHER THOUGHTS...FIGURE THAT OUT STUPID

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YOU PROVE HOW STUPID YOU ARE EVERYTIME YOU POST...AND YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON I'M BIGOTED AGAINST WITHOUT GUILT OR ANY OTHER THOUGHTS...FIGURE THAT OUT STUPID

:roll: What a joke. Do you actually believe yourself when you spew that BS? FWIW there are others on this board whom you've directed your bigotted comments towards so if the bigot shoe fits wear it. Stupid bigot.

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