Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ottawa: How Gun Bans Happen

An Ottawa councillor is pushing for a handgun ban. He gives excuses that sound reasonable.

Two fatal shooting deaths of innocent bystanders last month have spurred the city to consider asking Ottawa for a ban on handguns across the country.

St. Paul’s councillor Michael Walker says it’s about time.

“When people are being shot down in crossfire it’s clear that what we’ve been doing to now — hiring more police officers and trying to get more enforcement — isn’t working,” Walker said

But then he makes that leap of faith that only an elitist can make.

“In my opinion, if we ban handguns in the country, that sends a statement that we condemn their possession,” Walker said.

Notice that to elitist Walker, it doesn't matter if you're an honest upstanding citizen. Because in Walker's world, having a gun in your possession makes you an evil enemy.

“And we’re going to punish people who are caught having them in their possession.”

The councillor is also asking that city council support his proposal for Ottawa to institute a mandatory sentence of at least five years for anyone guilty of possessing, selling or buying a handgun.

Walker claims the insane "Moral High Ground" (MHG) three-step:

  • Guns Can Kill

  • Our People Are Dying

  • Ban Guns NOW!

'[H]e is steadfast on a ban that may send a strong message of gun intolerance.'

“I think there’s no justification in not dealing with this issue,” he said. “It’s time for the City of Toronto … to take a stand on this issue.”

The MHG 3-Step is how it will always happen. Because it's an easy sell politically to a population whose majority is no longer familiar with firearms. Everyone wants to stop crime, and everyone is afraid of being murdered while they are helpless.

While saying he is confident he’ll get support from Mayor David Miller and Premier Dalton McGuinty, who have both endorsed a handgun ban, he also believes society in general is ready for a ban.

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