Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

January 29, 2013

Another Useless Exercise!

I don't often get on the political band wagon, particularly that of a foreign country, but I feel compelled to have a say.

It is with with sadness that I watch the United States go down the path of long gun registration and confiscation that was tried , and failed, in Canada.

About 10 years ago, the government in power (the Liberals),patooeie, decided that all handguns were required to be registered (they already were) and that some with a short barrel were deemed prohibited, with a grand father clause. This meant that anyone that owned one, could keep it, but could not sell, or use it or pass it on to a son or daughter . Now, a lot of those guns were in the .32 caliber or less, which would not be effective against almost anybody. War time Lugers with a short barrel and .32 Smiths etc were in that category ,plus a whole bunch more.

All long guns including rifles and shotguns had to be registered, or their owners were subject to Criminal Prosecution. In other words, legitimate hunters, trappers, and shooters had to register or risk being denied access to the States  and other activities due to the criminal conviction.

The result of this was that a lot of people registered and a lot didn't. Very few criminals ( I wonder why) registered. It meant, when you asked around, that an unregistered fire arm sold at about twice it's normal price, while the registered ones dropped significantly in value.

After 10 years of this nonsense, the Conservative government won the election by a solid majority with a lot due to the pro gun lobby. In effect, the incoming government won by promising to do away with the Long Gun Registry and destroy the registration records. I questioned my member of parliament and was told that the registry was in fact destroyed. Of course, I believe him.  In Quebec, the Provincial Government is trying to keep their part of the registry active, which is the Province taking over Federal responsibility. To be fair,there were other reasons also that got the Liberals kicked out of power, including extreme arrogance and disrespect of the voting public.

However, the prohibitions on calibers below .32 and  on barrels below a certain length remain in effect.

The Long Gun Registry was proposed originally to cost $120 million. The costs approached $3 Billion by the time it was scrapped. You had to re-register every 5 years to keep an Acquision and Possession certificate. The last two times that renewal came up, they waived the fee because of its severe unpopularity. Now, in a country with a population of around 130 million, that $3 Billion could have done a lot of good had it been applied elsewhere.

The registry did no documented good in the 10 years that it was in effect! Criminals still had guns, Mentally challenged folks could still access guns, knives or whatever. Policemen still took suitable precautions ( if they were smart), whether a residence had a registered gun on location or not.

My words of advice to the US of A are "Don't do it, it can't work. (proven). Make criminal use of fire arms punishable by serious time in jail. Don't make criminals of your good citizens! and  learn from a failed attempt."
Finally " Wake Up America!"

I don't promote or condone the following, but the link gives the best summary of what is at stake that I have come across.

The D.C. Clothesline


TexWisGirl said...

i do agree with you that just adding more laws to the books doesn't solve anything...

C-ingspots said...

Yes Ian, it's a bunch of crap we're dealing with right now! They can pass a bunch of laws and it won't prevent or change anything. Sensible thinking people know this to be the case, but there are other agendas involved that probably have nothing whatsoever to do with the guns. They tell us what they want us to know in regards to what they're up to. If it came down to having to register all guns, I'm thinking a lot of people won't be claiming to be gun owners. We're losing so many of our personal freedoms! Having said that, I consider myself mostly liberal when voting, but like most folks I'm probably somewhere in the grey area of political labeling. We've had many a "conservative" / republican president that's gotten us into many a pickle as well. My bottom line opinion of politicians? They're pretty much ALL rat-bastards!! Not to be believed and not to be trusted. They aren't going to be fixing anything. Jesus is pretty clear where we (human race) are headed, and none of our politics is the answer to fixing what ails us. When in troubled times, look up. Pray about everything, worry about nothing. In the meantime, I'm thinking of buying a nice little handgun and taking a class so I know how to use it. :) Kinda like saying..."trust in God, but shut the gate anyway".

Crystal Mary said...

We have been a no gun society for many years in Oz. Only farmers can register a gun for a specific purpose. BUT the criminals still have guns. My American husband sold up about fourteen guns prior moving with me back to live in Oz. At first he felt naked without a gun in the house. He is used to it now and to be honestly,we don't suffer for not owning one.

joyce said...

a criminal isn't going to register their gun, an honest citizen shouldn't need to register their gun. One gal's opinion.

Bernadine said...

I agree that gun registration, gun control... won't deter violence. I'm concerned about my country on so many levels. We are doing down a bad path and I'm worried for my children and children's children.

Holly said...

I too am tired of the US government who's agenda does not have to do with safety of the people but the disarment of them. More murders are commited with baseball bats than guns but I don't see any uprise over them. We have 1 law enforcement officer per 400 citizen on average in this country. I've talked to many across the country. Their job is not to protect the ciizens but themselves with a firearm for they get there after the crime has been commited. Besides I need my guns, with a severe drought in place, I've got lots of wild animals coming in to try and kill our livestock.