Witness MP and leader of the opposition, Thomas Mulcair … the latest in a very long line of politicians who are eager to use guns to score political points without spending a moment to consider what they’re suggesting.
At least it’s my suspicion that he hasn’t thought through his suggestion. So I asked him:
From: Rick Pali <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: A gun registry.
Date: December 6, 2014 at 10:17:41 AM EST
With great interest, I read of your ideas about a new gun registry.
According to the CBC, you said, “I think that it is possible to provide the police with the tools to better protect the public and themselves by making sure they’re able to follow every gun”
Every gun? For this to be true, you must have figured out a way to track the movement of illegal guns. Do you have this ability?
If you don’t, police have to assume that every time they enter an unknown situation, there may be guns involved … and therefore a registry of any sort can only serve to confirm that there may be a firearm involved, and never to assure police that a gun will not be present.
As a consequence, I’m left wondering how the utility of such a registry will justify the cost and invasiveness. I’d hate to think you’re playing politics on the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, so I’d appreciate the benefit of your thoughts.
Will I receive a response? I’d love to be proven wrong, but I doubt it. Regardless, when a politician is this senseless and this transparent, he/she needs to understand the people are not fooled.
Photo courtesy of parl.gc.ca