Canada has a problem with political cops who think they shouldn't just enforce the law but also make it, an example of which appeared in a rambling CP 24 column by former OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.
Defying logic, he says we need more restrictions on legal gun ownership because criminals use guns.
Lewis opens his column stating the obvious, that Canada has much stricter gun control than the United States. He then points to an uptick in handgun shootings in Toronto (also obvious) which he follows by noting that most of the handguns used in those crimes are smuggled in from the United States (obvious again).
"Given that purchasing a handgun in Canada involves a fairly rigorous process, including background checks, many of the handguns that are used in crimes here have been either stolen from legal owners in Canada, or brought into Canada from the United States, where they are a dime a dozen."
After telling us that handguns used in these crimes are very difficult to get in Canada, his solution is . . . more gun control in Canada?
"Canada needs to thoroughly study the legal handgun possession matter immediately and significantly tighten the laws around ownership to limit the number of handguns in society that can be used illegally or stolen to do harm."
Lewis believes that only police, security guards, the military and maybe legitimate target shooters should be allowed to own handguns and he wants all of them stored in central locations, not in homes where they would be under lock and key.
To deal with stolen guns falling into the wrong hands, doesn’t rounding them all up in central locations just make it easier for criminals to steal large quantities of legal guns?
Lewis also muses about bringing back the long gun registry because, one supposes, gangsters using handguns for crimes in Toronto means that duck hunters in Red Deer need to register their shotguns?
That’s political logic for you.
Fact is, there is no logic in Lewis' arguments but that doesn't mean he can't win. He’s making these arguments now precisely because there’s a government in Ottawa that shares his view that average citizens shouldn’t own guns, especially handguns.
Rational people know you don't deal with gun crimes committed by gangs and mobsters, by cracking down on the law abiding gun owner who commits no crimes.
That’s the easy thing to do, but that doesn't mean it’s the right thing to do.
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