Thursday, December 10, 2009

Good For Michael Ignatieff

Michael answers our crtics.

Gun registry not ‘useless’

Margaret Wente’s claim that the Liberal Party has “written off” the gun registry “as useless” (Montreal Massacre Death Cult - Dec. 8) is incorrect. Liberals have always been strong supporters of effective gun control and we believe in the importance maintaining a registry that includes all guns. It is a vital part of protecting public and police officer safety, used by police 9,000 times a day and supported by Canada’s Chiefs of Police.

As the Day of Remembrance for the tragedy at l’École Polytechnique reminds us, gun control is also essential to preventing violence against women. Far from Canada’s gun registry being useless, there has been a decline in all types of gun deaths since the registry was brought into force, and it’s been used to refuse or revoke over 16,000 gun licences. For all of this, the registry costs less in a year than the Conservative government has spent on partisan advertising in the past few months alone.

Working alongside police and women’s groups, the Liberal Party is fully committed to maintaining the gun registry and ensuring Canada has smart, effective gun control.

Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

h/t KNB

Now if he can only get Wayne Easter to see his point.



Robert G. Harvie, Q.C. said...

..because if I register my gun, I will be less likely to kill someone with it.


There is no evidence.

The usually somewhat small "l" liberal academics, particularly criminologists, understand the Gun Registry for what it is. Window dressing. There is no demonstrated connection between the act of registering a firearm, and the tendancy to utilize that firearm for an improper purpose.


Firearm deaths were going down before the registry came into place.

And licensing has nothing to do with "registration".

And using the deaths of the victims Mark Lepine as "poster corpses" for this flawed concept is as tasteless as it is tragic.

Robert G. Harvie, Q.C. said...

Think of it this way.

The Gun Registry is to Liberals as Minimum sentencing is to Conservatives.

Liberal Justice said...

Iggy has handled this issue perfectly. Good on him!