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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gun Registry

Look, there is no doubt that the Gun Registry has been badly managed. 


There is no doubt that part of it's goals were not met, in so much as many people, realizing that they were about to lose a weapon, just didn't register it. There is also no doubt that a lot of it makes no logical sense (a .32 revolver is some how automatically more dangerous than a .22 long rifle pistol? eh? what?).


There is also no doubt that the registration fees should have been lower , either less per gun or a one time bigger fee for the lot. 


Probably everyone should have gotten an amnesty, everything legal you had you registered, everything illegal you got rid of without getting charged (I'm sorry, but people who have assault rifles and want to cry about how they need them can kiss my big, pasty urban ass). 


But, given all of that, the registry itself makes perfect sense. 


Look, firearms are weapons. Our society as a whole has decided that this class of weapons are more dangerous than other classes of weapons (this is to head off the "knives kill to you know" folks). Certainly, in urban areas, where more Candians live this is completly true. Thus, our society would like very much to keep track of them.


In the end, my thoughts go like this, register every gun, provide an amnesty/grandfather clause for all guns, have random checks to see if the guns are with who they are supposed to be with, and move on from there. 


People need to get over this idea that we, as Canadians, have some inherent right to own firearms. Because we don't. We never have had this right. 


Hell, Americans don't either, not in the way that they think they do, it's just that no one ever reads past the semi-colon at the end of "That right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; 

1 Comments:

At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Hogan Hilling said...

Cameron,

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My name is Hogan Hilling, husband to wife, Tina, and father to three boys, Grant (18), Wesley (16) and Matthew (12). And 15 year at-home dad veteran.

I’m co-writing a book with a mom, Jesse Rutherford. The tentative title is What Dads Want Moms To Know.

Jesse and I have already received some great input from many fathers and are looking for other fathers who would like to contribute their experiences and/or opinions on fatherhood. And more importantly share comments on what they would like moms to know. My email address is hilling1@cox.net - Subject: Proud Dads.

Here is your chance to voice your opinions and thoughts. Anonymously if you like.

Feel free to forward this message to other fathers in your social circle.

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Hogan Hilling, is a 1995 California Courage to Care Award recipient; author of The Man Who Would Be Dad, Capital Books, 2002 and Motivational Speaker.

For 15 years Hilling has served as an instructor for expectant father classes at various hospitals in southern California; as a facilitator of open discussion groups with fathers; and conducted workshops for mothers on fathering issues throughout the United States.

Hilling has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s The Other Half and Unsung Heroes, and in an ABC “Fathers and Sons” Documentary. His writing has been featured in newspapers such as the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Portland Oregonian, and Christian Science Monitor. Hilling has also worked as a guest columnist on fathering issues for the Orange County Register.

Hilling has also been a featured speaker at the Lamaze International Conference,
Northwest Area Childbirth Educators Forum, Conferences for Parents of Children With Special Needs and other Parenting Events.

 

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