The Long Gun Wedge

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Les MacPherson, columnist for the Star Phoenix, celebrates the destruction of the Long Gun Registry data.

He may be in for a surprise.

First, I would be very surprised if a copy of the Long Gun database hasn’t already made it’s way into the “wild”. In a world of bits and bytes, it is just too easy to make surreptitious copies of such files. You can pick up a USB key from any computer store that will do the job nicely.

You’re also relying on the integrity of civil servants who have worked long and hard to build something they may actually believe in. When the NDP comes to power, they will award an Order of Canada to the nerd who defied Prime Minister Harper. In fact, the French version of the award will be bold faced.

Second, the Long Gun Registry will return. Any redistribution or addition of Federal ridings will go to urban centers. The cities support the Long Gun Registry and the rural ridings will have less chance to exercise their power. Just as destroying the registry was a wedge issue used by the Conservatives, the reverse is also true.

Finally, the opponents of the Long Gun Registry have failed to make their case with their city cousins. All I have heard is that the Registry is a violation of rural citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights. Whoa. Wait a minute – Canada doesn’t have a Second Amendment! Isn’t that embarrassing.

Let me, however, not defend the irrational fears of Metrosexuals and Soccer Moms. Hunters of game and fowl actually kill the meat they eat – they don’t need the antiseptic packaging of chicken breasts and ground beef to assuage their inability to connect with nature. Going for a walk on the Wanuskewin trails isn’t actually getting out into nature. If you have a bunch of damn beavers wrecking havoc on the local ecology, buckshot and lead is a humane alternative.

But give me a break. I have to drop by an SGI agent to register my vehicles once a year. Is it so much more onerous to let the Feds know you have some long guns?

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