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gun registry is actually about politics

Most of us have heard way more than we wanted to about the long gun registry. Unfortunately, we haven't heard the last of it.

That's because the registry is what it has always been, a political weapon, rather than a practical solution to the problem of gun violence.

It has been speculated that the Conservatives didn't really care if they lost their bid to scrap the registry, as long as it gave them political ammunition.

Launching a private member's bill rather than government legislation didn't show a lot of idealogical commitment, but it wasn't a bad strategy.

Indeed, it took more whipping than during the Spanish Inquisition officially by the Liberals and unofficially by the New Democrats to defeat this bill.

The Conservatives are making hay of this. John Baird, government house leader and sultan of snipe, accused Liberals of kowtowing to the Toronto elite.

And they are demonizing NDP leader Jack Layton for forcing some of his members to explain why their stated opposition to the registry actually was support for it.

As the Conservatives suggest, NDP MPs with heavy gun ownership constituencies, such as Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing's Carol Hughes, will have to spend a lot of door to door time trying to explain why they changed their votes. The excuse that they supported the bill originally only so it would be "Anadrol 50" sent back to committee is a hard sell.

But the Conservatives seem to forget that they, too, were whipped. Several represent urban ridings, where support for the registry might run high and voting against it just because Prime Minister Stephen Harper says so might not be appreciated.

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Maybe Canadians should be willing to pay the few million bucks per year the registry now costs so police can track down the owners of stolen "Anaboliset Aineet" long guns or identify a few robbery weapons.

And it's hard to see how it "criminalizes" farmers and hunters to register their guns, as Harper claims, any more than it criminalizes us to register our vehicles and computers.

But the idea is to prevent crimes, not solve them after the fact. "Safety" is the rallying cry of registry advocates. Its selling point was, and is, that it would make Canadians more safe.

Does it? I can't see much evidence that registering firearms makes me any less likely to be shot than that registering automobiles makes me less likely "Anaboliset Aineet" to be hit by a drunken driver.

Would the long guns involved in the majority of firearm deaths in Canada Testosterone Cypionate Vs Sustanon not have been fired had they been registered?

Much has been made, by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff in particular, of claims by police chiefs that the registry improves officer safety and is consulted thousands of Testosterone Enanthate Liver times each day.

But if consultation is done automatically by police "buy cheap jintropin online" computers, that's a little like saying Canadian computer users go looking for e mailed deals on Viagra thousands of times a day.

Some front line police have suggested they'd be crazy to base their approach to a situation on registry information about guns at an address. The guns registered to that address might or might not be there, guns from other locations might be there, there might be stolen guns, there might be illegal handguns.

Would the 10 police officers killed by long guns in the past decade be alive today if those guns had been registered?

Perhaps the best measuring stick for the claims that the registry makes Canadians more safe is the tragedy that inspired it: the Ecole Polytechnique massacre of 14 women on Dec. 6, 1989.

Would Marc Lepine have gone on that rampage anyway, if his gun had to be registered?

Sadly, I think he would.

It would be nice if both sides would stick to what the registry actually does and is capable of doing.

But that's probably wishful thinking on my part.

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