Canada heading in the wrong direction on guns

Conservative government appears supportive of gun culture

The horror of the mass shooting in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school caused each of us to pause and reflect. The inevitable question kept coming up: How could this have happened to these 20 innocent kids and their six teachers?

In obvious reference to the gun culture in America, U.S. President Barack Obama forcefully asserted in his address at the memorial service for the victims that “things must change.”

The Canadian government and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are moving in the opposite direction. The Conservatives are very supportive of the gun culture, as evidenced by their gradual loosening of gun control regulations in Canada.

For example, after the Conservatives killed the long-gun registry, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews met with the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee. To appease these gun industry lobbyists, the Conservatives eliminated certain gun show regulations. The concern among law enforcement agencies is that the lack of regulatory oversight of these hundreds of gun shows has the potential to facilitate the leakage of even more weapons into the wrong hands.

As one Newtown resident poignantly stated, the question is not how this massacre could have happened, but rather, “Do we love our guns more than our kids?”

Paul Connolly

Victoria

Just Posted

VIDEO: ‘Stewie the Starfish’ mascot revealed at Premier League kickoff party

Pacific FC kickoff party scores in Victoria Inner Harbour

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake returns to Langford

Annual fundraising event held from April 26 to 28

Report calls on Saanich to expand multicultural programming at recreation facilities

Report also notes that Saanich could do more for sexual minorities.

Victoria cannabis dispensaries are busy in their first days of legal operation

The Cloud Nine Collective and The Original FARM opened their doors on April 15

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read