Tragically, a 15-year-old boy is dead after he was shot in the chest at a Toronto school on Wednesday, allegedly in response to a fight over fireworks. While the killer escapes into the fog, our governors tragically respond by concentrating on the instrument rather than the aggressor who pulled the trigger.
"We have seen too many shootings result in too many funerals for our young people," Premier Dalton McGuinty wrote in an open letter to federal party leaders, urging them to push through proposed criminal justice legislation and implement a "real ban" on handguns.A rather typical response that the sheep are used to hearing when something bad happens: BAN IT, as if that will prevent criminals from obtaining contraband materials. Kitchen knives and sterling silver cutlery have more than one purpose, but such instruments could be used as a dangerous weapon. Should the government create a cutlery registry, or just ban all forms of cutlery all together?
The value of allowing handgun collections should be reconsidered, said Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant.The only "balance between people's property rights and personal responsibilities" is for each and every individual to mind their own business and leave other people's stuff alone. Self-proclaimed keepers of public morality like Bryant help to destroy this balance by removing a person's right to protect their property should the need arise.
Toronto Mayor David Miller, who voiced his support for an outright ban, went a step further and recommended that handgun regulation should become an international issue.If all else fails, blame it on George Bush.
Also appearing at Dust My Broom.