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Three Cheers for Canada

Three Cheers for Canada
by Larry Pratt

Canada has been suffering from an acute case of Big Brotherism for years.
Canadian life has increasingly been suffocated by the hand of government
intrusion into every aspect of life.

Well, big brother seems to have been sent packing, at least for a
while.  Voters last January tossed out the Liberal (socialist) government.
The Tory, Conservative party won a plurality, but was forced to
organize a minority government as had the Liberals before them.

One of the major issues in the campaign was gun control.  For about a
decade, the Liberals had attempted to convince Canadians that a
registry of the long guns of the good guys would keep the bad guys
from having guns.  As crime rose, and suspicious gun owners refused
to obey the law, the Liberal claim to divine knowledge became tattered.

Legitimacy was replaced by contempt when it turned out that the
registry's computers had been hacked and used for precision burglaries
of gun collections.  The system sold as the way to keep guns out of the
hands of bad guys was actually putting guns in the "wrong hands"
as Sarah Brady likes to put it! (I know, Sarah really means all
non-government employees are the "wrong hands.")

The Liberals not only looked silly for supporting an obviously failed
program, but their position lost all legitimacy when it was learned
that the gun registry was a cash cow for consultants and favored businesses.

Try as they might to cover up their financial hanky panky, an audit by
the Auditor General of Canada revealed that the system was one thousand
times over budget and climbing.  A second, recent audit revealed
fiscal tactics had been used that would have been admired by an Enron
accountant. Gun registry spending was pulled from many different
budgets without a trace -- no line items flagged the covert movement of the funds.

The Liberals were further wounded when an Adscam scandal of similar
proportions came to light where party cronies were awarded contracts
because they were insiders.  Payola here, payola there, payola
everywhere was increasingly the image of the Liberal party.

The Tories campaigned on an "end-the-gun-registry" plank in their
platform.  It was very helpful in ousting the Liberals.  It focused
opinion on much that was wrong with the Liberal government.

While lacking the majority (yet) to outright repeal the long gun
registry, they have been taking the money for the registry and giving
it to the Mounties so they can do real police work.  They have also
proclaimed an amnesty so unregistered gun owners don't have to register
pending repeal of the law. 

Interestingly, when the Liberals decreed (without a vote in Parliament)
many amnesties to try to snooker Canadians into registering their guns
-- that was good government.  Now that the Tories have decreed an
amnesty in the same non-parliamentary fashion (it would be called an
executive order in the U.S.), opponents have decried the amnesty as
a horrible violation of the rule of law.  Just ask the Liberals and
their allies in the mainstream (partisan) media.

Not only is the gun registry heading in the right direction
(to the trash heap), the Tories have sacked Canada's rabidly anti-gun
representatives at the UN's ongoing gun control convocation. The UN
has been seeking for years to impose worldwide gun control (read:
disarm American private gun owners).  Canada, along with Japan, has
been a major supporter of a treaty which would have the UN administer
an international gun registry.

With the still-growing scandal of the Canadian long-gun registry, the
UN will have a harder sell for its own global gun registry. To put it
in other words, guns don't get into criminals hands because of negligent
gun owners, guns get there thanks to gun control laws!

To add insult to injury, the UN would like to have its anti-gun powwow
over the week of July 4.  This is a plan much like kicking a sleeping
dog.  If US gun owners have been too busy until now to pay attention
to the UN's lust for their guns, this little bit of timing might change
all that.  Maybe we will come to see the UN as George III's revenge.

In light of this, the Canadian election in January takes on a worldwide
significance. The Conservative government of Canada has become a true
ally of the United States, and of individual gun-owning Americans
-- indeed of gun owners everywhere.

We should all take heart that a people that seemed to go along with
every oppressive policy of their socialist government finally "pushed
back," as member of Parliament Garry Breitkreuz (Conservative from
Saskatchewan) told me in my Live Fire interview with him (http://www.gunowners.org/radio.htm).  Maybe those of us who are
Canada's southern neighbor will follow suit and push back against
our own suffocating socialists.


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Larry Pratt is Executive Director of Gun Owners of America,
a national gun lobby with over 300,000 members located at
8001 Forbes Place, Springfield, VA 22151, (703) 321-8585.