The federal government several years ago brought in legislation to curb the supposed gun control problem in Canada.
The legislation called for all firearms owners to pay a $20 registration fee to register all their firearms. It also called for strict requirements for storage, handling and acquisition.
But let's step back for a moment and take a good look at this situation.
Currently in Canada it is quite difficult to obtain a firearm.
First one must pass a firearms safety course which takes approximately two to three months to complete.
Then you must obtain a Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC). This takes about two months after one obtains the necessary signatures and your background check is completed.
After all that red-tape you finally get your gun. So it took almost four to five months to get your gun.
Now if you were a law-abiding citizen you would take this route to go and get that .30-06 rifle.
But there are people out there who will not want to bother going about the long route and will go and get a gun no matter what.
Now I hear some people out there screaming, "what about those lunatics who go out there and shoot a bunch of people!?!?"
In Canadian history it has been rare for someone to go on a shooting spree. The most infamous incident has been the massacre at l'Ecole Polytechnique at L'Universite de Montreal.
But listen to the news, most murders that are committed are with knives -- in other words, stabbing.
Should we go out and start registering all knives in the land? I mean, come on now, that would be absolute stupidity.
This current legislation, which has been delayed, has been seen as another tax grab, and a way of punishing responsible gun owners because of a few bad apples.
There are some people who cringe even when they look at a gun.
I grew up with guns. I admit I was even scared when I first picked one up. But after education and learning the safe way to handle firearms you grow to respect their ability.
Will gun control work to curb crime as it is intended to do?
Anyone who thinks that must be living in a dream world. Crime will still be committed -- gun control or no gun control.
All gun control is supposed to do is keep tabs on where the guns are -- but most guns have the same serial number. No joking.
Most firearms manufacturers have put the same serial number on hundreds of thousands of guns.
Trying to keep track of guns with the serial number is ridiculous. A gun used in a crime somewhere in Toronto or Vancouver would have the same serial number as a gun locked in a steel gun case, in a basement somewhere in rural Saskatchewan.
So if you try to tell me that gun control is going to reduce crime give your head a shake.
Gun control activists, who have a legitimate cause since most have lost a loved one to shootings, have created a false sense of panic in Canada by saying that guns are the root of all crime problems.
Guns are not the root of crime -- people are.
In my opinion we are focusing our attention on the wrong thing and ignoring the most important. There is something wrong in our society that harbors crime and that forces people to live a life of law breaking.
Poverty, unemployment -- these are problems that need solving. Statistics show that most crime is committed by people who are below the poverty line.
Our governments, and we as citizens, must create innovative ways to solve poverty and create employment.
Some of you may think that I'm some kind of Reform redneck who runs around in his pick-up and talks with a drawl.
Actually, I drive a humble red K-car, I speak Canadian English, and I grew up on a farm.
The federal Liberal government, and then Justice Minister Allan Rock, jumped into this issue head first without finding out what is really happening, and jumped on the bandwagon created by urbanites who have never learned anything about a gun other than that when someone pulls a trigger, the gun goes BANG.
There are much bigger problems out there.