First we have the "news" story wherein we see this lovely statement.
"I'm concerned about the vote," Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley said in an interview.
"People shouldn't play politics with public safety. The gun registry saves lives; it protects police officers," Bentley said.
The registry was established as part of an overhaul of gun laws after the 1989 Montreal massacre.
That is simply not true. The gun registry was created as an election campaign ploy to win votes from the Kim Campbell PCs in 1993. It was rammed through in 1995 by the detestable Alan Rock despite vociferous and intense disagreement from police services across the country, including the RCMP. Rocky went with it anyway, because it looked good to Liberal voters in 905/416, and because it gave Liberals a bat to beat up PC voters everywhere.
Everybody knows this. Its no secret.
Here's the opinion piece, wherein they say:
The gun registry was a reaction to the 1989 "Montreal massacre" – where, it should be noted, the killer used a rifle, not a handgun. But it soon became a political football, with the Reform party, in particular, vilifying it as unwarranted intrusion on the rights of legitimate gun owners. The public has split on the issue largely along the rural/urban divide, exploited by Reform and, latterly, the Conservatives.
The politicization of this issue is unfortunate. As Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says, the gun registry is really an issue of public safety, and "public safety is everybody's issue." Wavering Liberal and NDP MPs ought to take heed of his words.
The net result of the gun registry has been two things. First, it gave the Liberal Party of Canada a way to steal two billion dollars from the taxpayer. That's $2,000,000,000 for a database you could run on a laptop. Really. The whole thing is less than a gigabyte of records. Even the most appalling stupidity can't explain why something so trivial can cost two billion. It isn't like they were trying to automate health records or something, right?
Second and much more dangerous, is that the majority of gun owners have defied the law. It is estimated (by reliable sources, not the Liberals) that there are between five and seven million gun owners in this country, and that they posses anywhere from 16 to 20 million guns between them. Currently less than three million gun owners are registered. Three to five million Canadians have decided to risk ten years in jail rather than comply with this asinine law.
When people openly defy the law, that's a bad thing. When they defy a STUPID law because the have to, that is much, much worse. Liberals don't care, and the Star doesn't care.
That's why the Star and the other big papers are in so much trouble. They know the above lies are lies. They know that we know they are lying. They continue to lie anyway. Recipe for disaster, and disaster is what they've got.
Looks good on them. Liars never prosper.