A 24-year-old drug dealer with an existing Firearms Prohibition Order against him was arrested again on February 19, 2021, this time with $14,000 of cocaine and a stolen and loaded .45 calibre handgun.
It will come as no surprise to regular readers that this 24-year-old’s Firearm Prohibition Order did nothing to stop this young man from re-offending – a notion Public Safety Minister Bill Blair still cannot wrap his head around.
Nor did the laws against trafficking illegal drugs prevent this young man from jumping right back into the life of crime he was, perhaps, ever-so-briefly removed from the last time he was arrested.
Unfortunately, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Justice Minister David Lametti are all far more interested in photo ops and press conferences than they are in solving longstanding, legitimate public safety issues created by individuals with no respect for the laws governing civil society.
While this Liberal government is busy banning and confiscating legally-owned firearms from federally-licenced RCMP vetted firearm owners, they’re lowering or dropping prison terms for drug dealers and gang members who commit violence with illegal guns.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has no interest in ensuring offenders with Firearm Prohibition Orders against them obey those court orders.
If we banned handguns tomorrow, would we see a drop in violent crime in Canada’s inner cities?
No, of course not.
The drug dealers, gang members and other anti-social criminals don’t legally own these guns, therefore the government cannot order them to surrender those illegal guns. Nor can they confiscate them because the government has no idea where those firearms are located.
Registration Equals Confiscation is not some cute slogan by the ‘well-funded Canadian gun lobby’ (if only such a critter existed!) – it’s a simple and fundamental truth that government cannot confiscate what it cannot locate.
Why else would Minister Blair insist licenced Canadian firearm owners must register these formerly Non-Restricted firearms?
The government has no clue where all the Non-Restricted firearms banned by this Order in Council are located – hence the registration requirement.
We know through research by me and Dennis Young that, annually, an average of 1,100 people with a Firearms Possession Order against them (people banned from possessing weapons of any kind by court order) are re-arrested in violation of those orders.
God only knows how many of Canada’s 474,413 individuals prohibited from possessing firearms are actually violating those orders.
We only know of the 1,100 each year by tracking news reports and StatsCan data.
Some may call it cliché but it’s nevertheless true: Laws only inhibit the behaviour of those who are willing to obey them.
Repeat offenders who don’t give a crap about public safety or the laws that govern civil society will always do what they want and leave rest of us to pick up the pieces.
So as long as our federal government insists on ignoring criminals with illegal weapons, the violence in our inner cities will continue unabated.
This is not a Liberal vs Conservative issue. This is a public safety issue that self-serving politicians of all political stripes insist on twisting to their own political advantage.
Unless and until we elect a government willing to take on the hard challenges we face as a society the violence plaguing our streets and our communities will not end. How could it? Everyone ignores the problem because the solution does not fit inside a pretty little 4-year election cycle – the farthest ahead any politician can see.
Only when we, as a nation, finally start the painful and frankly dangerous job of taking guns away from violent criminals instead of federally-licensed, RCMP-vetted firearm owners will we see a drop in the never-ending brutality driven by drug dealers and street gangs.