Monday, December 6, 2010

December 6th remembered: Tories would win majority and wipe out gun control legacy?

Am I the only one who found the timing of this political report by Nik Nanos to be quite inappropriate? It's been 21 years (I still remember watching the initial reports on the news as a teenager) since 14 women were murdered at École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec by a man with a long gun. This tragedy became the impetus for passing stronger gun control laws in this country, including the much-needed long-gun registry.

The last thing we needed to hear today (even if I don't believe the analysis) was that our misguided Prime Minister Stephen Harper could win a majority government were an election held today and subsequently wipe out our gun control laws. I pray this terrible result never occurs.

On this day of remembrance, I remind you of the names of the 14 women who lost their lives 21 years ago today in Montreal:

* Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
* Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
* Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
* Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
* Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
* Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
* Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department
* Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
* Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
* Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
* Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
* Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
* Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
* Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student


ridenrain said...

280 Canadians were murdered when Air India 182 was blown up and everyone in charge was dragging their feet so much, it's a wonder there are any carpets in parliament any more.
Almost 50 addicted prostitutes were murdered by a motorcycle gang associate here in BC yet the progressive left wants to legalize drugs and prostitution, with no proof that it will change anything.
Legal firearms were almost banned in Toronto yet the murder rate with illegal handguns keeps on going.

That $2 billion dollars could have done so much more.

Matt Guerin said...

The investigation into Air India was shameful all around, agreed.

The progressive left has talked about decriminalizing marijuana, not legalizing it. Those prostitutes weren't addicted to pot. I support making life and work safer for prostitutes, for sure, not more dangerous.

What does the illegal use of handguns have to do with the long-gun registry? Enough with the knee jerk, conservative rhetoric.

Anonymous said...

First what was so unbelieveable about Nanos' analysis.

Secondly there is nothing wrong about the timing I find.

Finally the Conservatives are not going to wipe out our Gun Control laws.

You might have your views on the gun registry but try not to make outlandish claims without much support to back them up.

Matt Guerin said...

Why do only conservatives read my blog? I guess I should take it as a compliment?

Gene Rayburn said...

I think you're expecting far too much from Ridofbrain if you expect him to read. He's been using that particular talking point as a generic response.

First, the Pickton murders were more about police indifference to a bunch of prostitutes than it was gun control legislation. The police didnt investigate the murders until far later on and if they had treated the victims like everyone else maybe they would have acted on it earlier.

What this has to do with the progressive left is irrelevant.

Making a wise crack about the Air India victims and carpets in parliament more shows what kind of ignorant arse Ridofbrain is. It's just his modus operandi to be a callous jerk to crack a joke at the expense of others.

But he's ridofbrain:Bill Kiechle, still living with his mom. She really should teach him a lesson about saying thoughtless and brainless things.

ridenrain said...

The fact remains that the number of gangster shootings in Toronto, Winnipeg or Vancouver has not gone down like Alan Rock promised. This is a failed program by all measurement.

Matt Guerin said...

The Toronto Police want to keep the registry. Police Chiefs Association of Canada wants to keep it, calling it a very useful police tool. Seems pretty successful to me.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm right of Center but I like to see the viewpoint of the other side. My main issue is where you get this idea of the Governemnt wanting to wipe out gun control laws???

The Gun registry is a controversial issue and isn't as black and white as you made seem in this post.Conservatives feel like it targets the wrong people; the other side feel it is a useful tool.

Matt Guerin said...

I consider ending the long gun registry to be 'wiping out' our gun control laws. If you disagree with my rhetoric, perhaps we could agree to tone down the hyperbole on both sides including the oft-repeated conservative and baseless assertion that Liberals are "soft on crime." Again, I feel the need to ramp up the rhetoric in response to the hyperbole I see ad nauseum coming from the right in this country.

Some conservatives think gun owners should have minimal responsibility and accountability for their weapons, hence the call to shut down the registry. I TOTALLY disagree.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I didn't really expect rhetoric. I can understand it from a political party situation(not that I agree with it) but if blogerrs feel the need to ramp up the rhetoric due to the opposing side then we'll be stuck in a cycle which has negative effects on the political debates of the day. Maybe that is just wishfull thinking on my part. As for what Conservative believe I have to disagree that they believe in minimal responsibility and accountability.

Matt Guerin said...

Perhaps I'll try to ramp the rhetoric down a bit in future.