Canada heading in the wrong direction on guns

Conservative government appears supportive of gun culture

The horror of the mass shooting in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school caused each of us to pause and reflect. The inevitable question kept coming up: How could this have happened to these 20 innocent kids and their six teachers?

In obvious reference to the gun culture in America, U.S. President Barack Obama forcefully asserted in his address at the memorial service for the victims that “things must change.”

The Canadian government and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are moving in the opposite direction. The Conservatives are very supportive of the gun culture, as evidenced by their gradual loosening of gun control regulations in Canada.

For example, after the Conservatives killed the long-gun registry, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews met with the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee. To appease these gun industry lobbyists, the Conservatives eliminated certain gun show regulations. The concern among law enforcement agencies is that the lack of regulatory oversight of these hundreds of gun shows has the potential to facilitate the leakage of even more weapons into the wrong hands.

As one Newtown resident poignantly stated, the question is not how this massacre could have happened, but rather, “Do we love our guns more than our kids?”

Paul Connolly

Victoria

Just Posted

‘More animals could have a chance:’ Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of a home

Animal rescue currently has 163 animals in foster and volunteer homes

Free-B Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

Head to Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park to see some family favourites on the big screen

Central Saanich accused of not following Climate Emergency declaration with urgent action

Motion to research climate response options and costs rejected then rescheduled in tense meeting

Join North Saanich invasives removal and experience three key benefits

Friends of North Saanich Parks says July 27 clear-up will be rewarding as well as green

Esquimalt gives six-storey rental complex the green light

A new apartment building is set to go up on Admirals Road

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read