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Thursday, December 08, 2005

The More Things Change...

Faced with the recent vote of no confidence in the government, the prime minister has sought to protect canadians by taking away their guns and ensuring only the police can carry them.

Prime Minister Paul Martin will propose a ban on most handguns in Canada, CanWest News Service has learned.

Sources say Martin, who will make the election campaign announcement this morning, wants to choke off the supply of handguns in this country, particularly guns brought into the country illegally and those sold on the black market.

There will be some exemptions, including maintaining the right for police to carry handguns. The prime minister is also expected to announce a significant increase in resources for police to deal with the ban.

Now if I were a Canadian, I think I would be a little worried by this news. My government has just been disbanded because of corruption, and now they want to disarm me and put more enforcement agents in the field to lord over my private life... presumably as they tax me even more to pay for all this regulation.

The main goal of this move by the PM is to curb the illegal use, posession, and sale, of handguns in the country. So where would be a good place to start in this crusade to curbe illegeal use of firearms?

The Liberals say the thinking behind this crime strategy is that if no one is allowed to have a handgun in Canada, policing authorities will be in a better position to act on anyone who has a handgun or attempts to transport or sell a handgun.

The announcement will include the banning of all registered handguns in Canada. However, sources say special arrangements will be made for gun collectors.

This crime prevention strategy will be announced as a key plank in the Liberal election campaign Thursday.

Oh! Take away the registered illegal guns first. Good plan there, Martin. I'm sure there are TONS of those floating around in your country. "To curb the use of illegal guns, I've decided to take away all the legal guns first." Does this sound outrageously stupid to anybody else?

Not only will the police be in a better position to "act on anyone who has a handgun or attempts to transport or sell a handgun," but they'll be in a better position to act on anyone period. No common defense means anyone in power is able to do what they want with little retribution from the people they are governing.

To you Canadians who aren't insane, feel free to (legally) immigrate to the U.S.! We could use more freedom-minded people: especially in the areas of Oregon, Washington, California, New York, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Illinois, Michigan, Wisconson, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusettes, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut, or even Hawaii if you'd like a change of climate.

If you're sick of living around the insane though (which I guess is why you would leave Canada anyway), there's also Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisianna, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, or Alaska if you want to stay in the "great white north" region of the world.

UPDATE: Trackbacked at Basil's Blog and Common Folk Common Sense.