Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Common Sense In Toronto Canada?

Unbelievably, there is at least one public official in Toronto Canada with Common Sense, a trait not so common with Toronto Mayor David Miller and many on the Toronto City Council. Toronto Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day made the following statement:

A handgun ban isn't the answer to Toronto's gun violence, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day insists.

"Studies in a variety of jurisdictions around the world show that if you want to see gun crime reduced you've got to go after the criminals," Day said during a press conference at Polson Pier yesterday.

He said a Canada-wide handgun ban would divert limited police resources to "going after innocent firearm owners."

I couldn't agree more. The best way to reduce violent crime is to lock up violent criminals, not add new laws banning guns. Making it illegal to commit violent crime with an illegal gun is about as idiotic as it gets. If the existing laws that say it is illegal to commit violent crime are not enough, creating a new law to say it is even more illegal to commit violent crime with an illegal weapon certainly won't help any.

I don't know about you, but it doesn't matter to me if a violent criminal shoots his or her victim or bashes his or head in with a baseball bat. The criminal is the problem we should go after, not the baseball bat, and not the gun.

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