Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gun Registry: It Still Lives

Well, I am a little late on this one. The vote was held yesterday afternoon in the House of Commons. At the time it was still up in the air and unknown what it's status would be. Well, now we know, the bill to abolish the Long Gun Registry was defeated by 153 to 151. Let the dancing begin.

Harper defeated in move to end hunting rifle control:

OTTAWA (AFP) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority government was narrowly defeated on Wednesday in its bid to end controls on hunting rifles and shotguns, in a major political upset.

Parliamentarians voted 153 to 151 to defeat a bill to repeal the long-gun registry act, after a divisive debate that could have lasting repercussions come the next elections.

Still, Harper vowed to continue the fight, which has pitted advocates of gun control against a long tradition of hunting and trapping in Canada.

"The people of the regions of this country are never going to accept being treated like criminals and we will continue our efforts until this registry is finally abolished," he said.

The 15-year-old registry of 6.5 million rifles and shotguns was brought in by a former Liberal government in 1995 in response to the killing of 14 women at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique six years earlier.

Police and victims groups praise the firearms registry, saying it has contributed to public safety.

But it is hugely unpopular in rural Canada with farmers and hunters, and critics brand it a wasteful attack on law-abiding gun owners. [SNIP]

I love the spinning of this article. The incident at Ecole Polytechnique has been the siren call of the left for more gun control. One thing that has been done is that ALL semi-automatic rifles are now considered restricted weapons. At the same level as handguns. Secondly when they talk about support from the police? The majority of the line officers don't support it. Only all the police chiefs and association supported the registry. Here in Canada most Police chiefs are practically political positions.

Anyway, the spinning, screaming, and yelling is going to be ramped up. By the way this vote was considered a free vote. Unless you were NDP or Liberal. The Liberal party didn't want to see their frankenstein monster die so they whipped their party into line and voted to keep this waste of taxpayer money.

From Iggy:
"This is an emotional issue," said Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.

"I feel now we have shown to what extent the Liberal Party is ... united on this issue," he said. "We support victims. We support emergency-room doctors and police forces."

Somehow I don't believe a single word he says.

The bright side in all this? Well lets go back to the press room....

Gun vote switchers, you're going down: Harper

[SNIP]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper cast the defeat as the springboard for the Conservative party effort to increase support in its rural base.

"After 15 years opposition to the long gun registry is stronger than it has ever been," he said.

"The people of the regions of this country are never going to accept being treated like criminals and we will continue our efforts until this registry is finally abolished."

It's in Canada's nooks and crannies where the issue of the gun registry is most divisive, a fact not lost on politicians from rural ridings who wrestled with what to do with their votes.

Fourteen opposition MPs switched their positions and cast votes to save the register. They will face the full fury of a formidable Conservative election machine aimed at steamrolling them in the next campaign. Those MPs have already been served a sample of what awaits them. Online ads, radio spots and phone-bank canvassing was part of the pre-vote campaign to compel them to maintain their original votes.

Tory MP Candice Hoeppner, who sponsored the bill, said the eight Liberals and six New Democrats who did an about-face will pay the price at the ballot box.

"We won't give up the fight. This isn't the end, this is just the beginning."

Even as the votes were being counted, the Tory push was on.

Newfoundland MP Scott Simms had been one of the eight in his caucus who had opposed the registry up until now. His reason for switching packed an emotional wallop. He told fellow Liberals during a wrenching caucus meeting that his father committed suicide with a rifle in June.

Simms received a warm round of applause from his colleagues after he voted, and a shout from across the floor: "they won't be clapping for you when you lose your seats."[SNIP]

One more article link and then I am done on this for the day...
Tories vow to use gun registry vote as ammo

Thank you opposition parties. You have just given the Conservative Party the means to defeat you in the next election.

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