So Stephen Harper is encouraging gun owners to lobby Opposition MPs about ending the gun registry. I won’t argue the case myself. After all, I’m just a partisan hack that can’t be believed. Police have argued that the registry is useful, bur Conservatives argue that the union doesn’t really represent the views of officers. So I’ll let you consider this argument from the United Church of Canada:
Three hundred fewer Canadians die annually from gunshots now compared to 1995, when the gun registry was introduced. Quebec is a clear example: in 1995 Quebec had more than 60 gun murders, whereas last year there were under 30. Across Canada, more than 9,000 potentially dangerous people have had their licenses revoked, and police use the system over 5,000 times each day.
Although the law is not perfect, it does allow for licenses to be refused if for any reason the applicant poses a danger to themselves or others. And if professionals and community members raise concerns about a licensed gun owner, it can result in an investigation and removal of the guns.
Take it up with the church, Steve.