The Reformer's Firebrand

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

CBC gets it right for once

I heard this diatribe by the CBC's Rex Murphy the other night and was slack jawed at, not just the insight, but also the source (CBC). A more poignant and crystal clear assessment of the Feds failed duck gun registry has never been penned....and to be blared out over Trudeaupia's favorite propaganda net indicates to me the Duck Gun registry is now nothing more than another Liberal albatross....totally useless in operation and kept on life support purely for face saving value. When you see the majority of liberal MSM calling for its ( the registry) demise, you realize that this is a fraud so big that even the liberal press wants to distance themselves from it.... supporting it at this point in time ( in the realities of the cost frauds and gun violence in TO which the registry is totally useless to prevent) will result in a potentially fatal blow to the credibility of the MSM.......only the most corrupt of party insiders directly responsible for the fraud, that the registry has been revealed to be, are the ones defending it....that and their fervent special interest puppets who similarly stand to be implicated in the fraud when it is finally exposed by the Auditor General this next session.

I usually don't post another author's article in its entirety, but Rex Murphy's take on this deserves to be read and taken to heart by all Canadians who want to end the type of waste, corruption and errant bureaucratic idiocy to which the registry had become a metaphor:


Rex Murphy's "Point of View" -
(from the transcript CBC e-mailed me, it will be on the CBC site next week)

--- "Useless" is not a difficult word, but it's worthwhile sometimes to check a dictionary even for the most common ones. For example, the Encarta Dictionary -- that's the online newbie of lexicography --defines "useless" as "having no beneficial use, incapable of functioning usefully." Merriam Webster is terse. It just says, "ineffectual." The American Heritage says of useless, "incapable of functioning or assisting." That's a good one. The shorter Oxford is economical and brutal. It says useless means "having no purpose."

I was peering into all of these semantic windows just for the purpose of making sure that when I said the federal gun registry -- cost close to two billion -- was useless, that I was on the right track. I think we are. There have been 69 murders in Toronto over this year. Many worthy, innocent people have tasted the deepest grief. The killings have profoundly disturbed, agitated, and alarmed the communities where they have occurred. The most recent murder was of an 18-year-old boy outside a church attending the funeral of a 17-year-old boy who was himself murdered the week before.

This brazen blasphemous horror has appalled everyone. It has shaken Toronto to the core. In none of these killings has the gun registry been of the slightest assistance. It has been ineffectual, of no beneficial use, incapable of assistance. This useless pretence of a policy has answered no valuable purpose. I bring this up in this particularly bleak context not primarily to take a smack at the gun registry, though it deserves every smack it gets, but to point out this further consideration: That cosmetic legislation, legislation designed to make people feel good, has a price beyond the two-billion-dollar sign. Such legislation always amounts to a pretence and an evasion.

It was always known that if there was a problem with inner-city crime, gangs, and guns, the response had to be one that dealt with inner cities and with the gangs and their guns. And that meant confronting some of the most delicate issues, mixing race, poverty, police relations with black communities, drugs, and sheer wilful thuggery on the part of some- -- issues that are volatile, not susceptible to a quick fix, and barricaded by a whole set of topics most politicians would prefer not to have to deal with.

Throwing up a national gun registry as an answer, even a partial one, to these problems, was a fake response, allowed some civic leaders and interest groups to pose for the cameras, and give a vague impression that the real problems in all their complexity were being addressed. They weren't. Gun murders in Toronto, and particularly within some areas of Toronto's black community, are not, and never were, primarily a licensing and registration dilemma. Nor are they, by the by, a cross-border smuggling problem or a gun manufacturers' problem. Gun murder in this city is a Toronto problem, it is a gang problem, and it is a problem of relations between the police and portions of the black community. The wretched gun registry has been absolutely useless in assisting police in finding the villains who have been killing people.

Well, the homicide rate in Toronto this year is partially the price being paid for this charade, and a most grievous illustration of the cost that evasion, purchased by feel-good legislation, eventually extracts a price inestimably higher than the two billion dollars that useless registry has cost so far.

For The National, I'm Rex Murphy

Amen Rex...and my deepest sympathies to those relatives of the murdered who were fooled into thinking a 2 billion dollar a duck gun registry would make them safe from urban-centric crime....we now see the only people pushing that "feel good" fraud were people who have the financial/political means to escape the inner city criminal violence they evangelise silly solutions for....It's impossible to see the causation of inner city crime from the posh cocktail circuits of Rosedale and Mont royal. Murphy's revelations are all the more stinging in light of the fact PMPM is now holding yet another feel-good conference on the hollow symbolism of "GUN CRIME" when it is "Ethnic Gangs" that are at issue...as if they will become model citizens the minit the impossible happens...which is to depricve them of weapons......the criminal violence will continue to rage as long as vacant politicos keep selling sybolism over substance.

9 Comments:

Blogger Shaken said...

Even as you pen this blog entry, I toil away evenings writing a "registry of registries'. Yes folks, in the interest of protecting all of Canada from the idiot boondoggles and political prestidigitationists, I am going to solve the problem for you all once and for all. Once registered, all such registries shall henceforth cease to be problematic. Thank you. Donations accepted. Deposit at my blog.

November 23, 2005 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Good stuff Shaken...and please feel motivated to put a pricre tag to these hollow sybolic feel good disasters.

We see the Duck gun registry is 1000% over stated budget and complete;y useless for the stated purpose that was sold to parliament and the Canadian people....but we see the greater toll is in lives that are sacrificed due to politicians offering feel good snake oil in place of the solutions they were elected to provide...the same is true of Health care, the economy and equalization....all the center pieces of Trudeaupia are vast frauds when daministered by the hollow, plecebo puking tin horns that inhabit federal and provincial ministries.

November 23, 2005 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Aizlynne said...

All Liberal policy makes you feel warm and fuzzy.... very similar to the feeling you get when you piss your pants in the middle of winter.

November 23, 2005 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Junker said...

Good show. I've seen Rex take on the subject before, he nailed it then and he nails it here.

It begs the question, who are the fools? The leaders who produce these laws or those who elect them?

November 23, 2005 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Debris Trail said...

Aiz: It actually sounds like you've had the experience!!!! :) LOL

Rex has been onto the anti-gun crowd for a long time. Years ago, before Rock rammed the legislation through, he did a spot on CBC television that began with the following words, "I LOIK GONS". And, he still does.

November 23, 2005 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Hey Debris: here's a little slogan I had on a placard at the Fed-Up II ralley on parliament hill:


We are the Responsible Firearms Owners of Canada:
We don’t compromise reason, you shouldn’t either:
If guns kill people then;
Pencils cause misspellings
Cars cause people to drive drunk
Syringes cause drug addiction and
Spoons made Rosy O’Donnel fat and stupid

November 23, 2005 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Justthinkin said...

Jesus H Christ. The devil must be wearing long johns today! If the people of Stupidronto want to rid their city of gang violence,the answer is simple; start shooting the socialist assholes and the people who belive them. Guaranteed solution at a fraction of the cost.
Now,where's my million for this solution?

November 23, 2005 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

You think any LIEberals watched it? .. even if they did, they would still blame someone else ... send them all to Hanns island and nuke it.

November 23, 2005 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Debris Trail said...

Bill: The problem with the Responsible Firearms Owners, and most of us for that matter, is that we try to fight back using arguements of logic or by hammering away at principles. What fools we are.

Progressives/Socialists/Neo-communists/Liberals/College Hippies/mini-Moores do not use logic and they do not adhere to fact-based-principles. They follow principles based on ideology that have been disproven by real history. They are stuck therefore with either clueless rants or worse yet, endless circular arguements that distract from reality. Getting involved in long winded convoluted debates, or just plain baiting (as we love to do ourselves), keeps the basic issues from surfacing and being dealt with. As well, Progressives are especially bad at manufacturing false issues and blowing them up into major distracting wars (gay marriage)... thereby avoiding scrutiny of basic issues. They do not have history on their side. They do not have real facts on their side. They do not even have logic on their side. But that never stops them because with the entire MSM behind them, they can continue to spin an alternative universe. And the gun registry is that alternative universe.

November 24, 2005 at 7:21 AM  

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