Ban bullets? How about banning bull$#!+ instead?
Published on Jun 13, 2012 by SDAMatt2a
Just when you think Toronto’s city councillors couldn’t bring in more idiotic pieces of legislation, they go one better. And it’s a doozy.
Councillor Adam Vaughan said on Tuesday he wants to create a citywide ban on guns and bullets. This proposal was based on the horrific shooting incident at Toronto’s Eaton Centre less than two weeks ago.
In his oh-so-humble opinion, “I don’t like bullets flying in Toronto. I think they are dangerous. There is no rational reason to own a gun, to fire a gun or to own or store ammunition in the city.” Vaughan went even further. While the gun lobby and “those people that love guns” will oppose this ban, no single individual has ever convinced him why people should own guns in Toronto beyond “emotional arguments.”
Really? Who’s being emotional here, councillor?
This kind of drivel will go over well in places like Trinity-Spadina (Ward 20). There are many middle class, left-wing individuals living in Vaughan’s ward — including artsy types and academics — who shudder in fright at even the slightest mention of the word “gun.” They are his core voting block, and they’ll march with him in lockstep on this issue.
While I’m not part of the gun lobby or Vaughan’s imaginary gun-lovers club, I don’t have an issue with people owning guns. I certainly don’t believe in a ban. So, here is a rational, non-emotional argument for the councillor to chew on.
Vaughan believes people who buy guns and ammunition legally are the problem. As many commentators and columnists (including me) have said repeatedly for years, law-abiding citizens, hunters and gun collectors are not, and have never been, the issue.
Would-be criminals rarely buy weapons and ammunition through legal means — they typically go through the black market. Moreover, they don’t give a damn about proposed or existing laws that would attempt to prevent the purchase of these items.
In other words, Vaughan’s proposed ban does absolutely nothing to prevent criminals from getting guns and bullets. It’s an attack on people who want to collect guns, or use them for sport and/or their livelihood. Period.
This was one of the many problems with the nearly deceased federal long-gun registry. Besides being a bloated billion-dollar boondoggle and bureaucratic nightmare, it had no power to stop the black market or crack down on crime. All it did was force law-abiding people to register their weapons, and waste time and police resources collecting this information.
Yeah, that’s a big help for the safety and security of our citizens.
By the way, councillor, Canadians have had to register handguns since 1934. It’s pretty tightly controlled. Do you really think that has scared off people from committing crimes? And do you think your mind-numbingly stupid proposal is suddenly going to be a lightning rod to get guns and bullets off the streets?
Please, spare us.
If Vaughan wants to prevent another Eaton Centre tragedy- and I certainly do — then he should take a rational approach. Leave law-abiding citizens alone, hire more police officers, crack down on crime, enforce stricter sentencing and target the black market until it’s wiped out.
So bite the bullet councillor and give these real solutions a try instead of your fairy tale ones.
- MICHAEL TAUBE