Monday February 20, 2012
Gone For Good
Law abiding citizens have no need for gun registry
Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl/Voice file photo
hen I stood in the House of Commons to cast my vote to put an end to the wasteful, ineffective long gun registry, I did so on behalf of my constituents, and also for the many people who have fought against it since its inception in 1995.
But in my mind there were two people, Gary and Garry, who deserved to see
the registry ended the most.
Uncle Gary gave me my first long gun, a .22 rifle that my grandpa, Bill
Strahl, purchased in 1936 when he was just ten years old. When he passed
away, the rifle passed on to Gary. And when I was old enough, Gary passed
this "Strahl rifle" on to me as the oldest grandson. It remains one of my
most valued possessions, and a precious family heirloom that will eventually
be passed on to my son.
Were Canadians any safer because of this? Of course not. But Uncle Gary complied because he knew that if he didn't, the RCMP could have been authourized to seize and destroy his heritage pieces. If he didn't, he could be charged criminally. This truly was the most outrageous aspect of the long gun registry.
Law abiding folks like my Uncle Gary were targeted, while the real
criminals- those who would never register their guns, store them safely, or
could care less about Allan Rock's rules - were a mere afterthought. It is
shameful that it took 17 years to return the focus to where it should be -
away from law abiding gun owners, to those who actually break the law and
put Canadians at risk.
He documented every ridiculous contradiction and error that the registry created and he had plenty of material to work with. He shone the light on the $2 billion boondoggle that the registry became, after Canadians were promised it would only cost $2 million. And while it took him 17 years to see it, there he was, beaming in the House of Commons as he voted to end the long gun registry to cheers from the Conservative benches.
He kept the torch lit for all of those years when it would have been easier
to just say "what's the use?" or "it's impossible to change things." Garry
Breitkreuz is proof of the value of fighting for what's right, no matter how
long it takes, and no matter what the odds are.
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