I notice all the pressure from police and opposition to not destroy records, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up changing their minds even about that. We’ll see.
Listening to the Conservative MP speak on the CBC, I notice also that the arguments used are not centred around freedom, rights and privacy, but rather on the gun registry being “ineffective”.
At least they acknowledge it’s oppressing the innocent:
“Hoeppner said the registry has cost nearly $2 billion since it was created in 1995 and that that money should have been spent cracking down on real criminals, not farmers and hunters.”
More quotes from the article:
‘”The long-gun registry is not gun control, and because of that it is an ineffective and a waste of taxpayers hard-earned dollars,” she said.
‘The registry is not a valuable tool to reduce gun crime, the Manitoba MP said, adding the majority of homicides are not committed with long guns. Hoeppner acknowledged crimes have been committed with long guns, but said those crimes happened despite the registry.
‘The government says it is maintaining the strict system of controlling restricted and prohibited firearms and that police checks and safety courses are still required in order to buy a gun and ammunition, and to maintain a licence.’
So the gun control ideology is still firmly in place in the ruling party which happens to be the Conservatives now. They throw a small bone to small-government conservatives or they seem to.
Meanwhile the prisons are being built:
The largest expansion of prison building ‘since the 1930s’ (http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/24/the-largest-expansion-of-prison-building-since-the-1930s/)
Since the crime rate is so low, I believe these prisons (possibly the provincial ones too – as if the political labels make a difference!) are likely for future economic “austerity” and political dissidents of different stripes.
The CBC actually have a good informal poll with the ideal pro-liberty condition first with a surprising 17.2%. Notice how the second option of abolishing the firearms possession license also is even at 14.64%! Then we have the miserable government option of “abolishing the long-gun registry” by the large “everything’s going to be okay, build me some prisons” crowd.
Canadians should be free to own whatever guns they want. 17.2% (1,559 votes)
The long-gun registry and firearms possession licence should be scrapped. 14.64% (1,327 votes)
I support the government’s position to abolish the long-gun registry. 31.61% (2,865 votes)
The long-gun registry should be maintained. 17.35% (1,572 votes)
More types of firearms should be banned. 12.91% (1,170 votes)
Canada should ban all guns. 6.29% (570 votes)
Total Votes: 9,063
And here is a June article by Pierre Lemieux: Abolishing the “gun registry” will do no good explaining why the gun registry issue is all a scam and that the licensing part of the 1995 Bill C-68 is the real issue.
‘While in the opposition, the Conservatives promised to “repeal Bill C-68.” As they came closer to power, they promised to abolish “the gun registry.”…’
“The duck hunters without firearms licenses are in for a rude awakening, for they will remain paper criminals after the “long-gun registry” has been abolished.”
It is well worth reading Lemieux’s analysis. He quotes George Orwell in the article explaining the real reason for the old idea of gun rights.
For more on the real reason for gun rights (not just for hunting), also see