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"Windy Wendy" Cukier, ever the complainer, didn't waste a second in getting her sniveling complaints out to the media in the wake of Ontario Superior Court of Justice Judge D. M. Brown's decision to kill The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic lawsuit to keep the long gun registry data.
"This decision is a setback but we will continue to fight for sensible controls on rifles and shotguns. Information about who owns what guns is essential to reducing the diversion of guns to illegal markets and the registry data has been shown to be useful in solving crimes. Destroying the data that has already been collected on 7.1 million guns makes no sense whatsoever, and is simply punitive. Quebec stood up to the gun lobby and, as a result, is still able to trace firearms. Outside of Quebec, rifles and shotguns are now completely untraceable. These guns are those most often used in domestic violence and when police officers are shot on duty. They also account for a significant proportion of the firearms recovered in crime. "
As Dr. Mike Ackermann said,
"If they truly wanted "sensible" laws, we would be on their side.
You'd think they would have figured this out by now."
Very well said, Dr. Ackermann!
All of the arguments put forth by "Windy Wendy" have been proven to be, at best, disingenuous. There are other words for it, such as propaganda, I suppose, but even someone as misguided as "Windy Wendy" Cukier is entitled to her opinion. It's just a shame that she's not willing to open her mind up to the simple fact that criminals don't register firearms and as a result her methods simply will never ever do what she says they will: prevent crime.
The only people who register firearms are law-abiding people. What's the point in tracking the people who are NOT the problem? You'll have to ask "Windy Wendy" as it makes no sense to me.
That said, the Minister of Public Safety had a very short rebuttal to the whining out of Cukier's Corner.
(September 21, 2012) Today, the Ontario Superior Court dismissed the motion from the Barbara Schlifer Legal Clinic which sought to stop our government from destroying the data contained in the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry. Justice Brown described the arguments put forward against our legislation as "weak" (paragraph 167).We were very pleased that the Ontario Superior Court has ruled in favour of law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters. This is an absolute victory for the rule of law.The will of Parliament and Canadians has been clear. We do not want any form of a wasteful and ineffective long gun registry.The NDP has consistently said that if given the chance they would try and use this data to target law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters.Our Conservative Government will always stand up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
While the Conservative Government has a long way to go in defending the rights of Canada's law-abiding firearm owners, such as removing sections 91 and 92 from the Criminal Code of Canada, it's nice to see him putting some of our money where his mouth is.