Victor Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Insecurity and Zombification, rendered by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Below, a shifty looking Mr. Toews as he appears in the halls of Parliament. Pat Martin is a Great Canadian. ™
What a perfect way to throw a little red meat to your gun-nut money machine!
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s so-called Conservatives – of whom it cannot be said too many times are radicals bent on remaking Canada in the image of the worst aspects of the United States – managed to hit on a moment of worldwide horror at the slaughter of 20 small children and six grownups in the United States to further weaken our country’s gun laws, which are already crumbling thanks to this government’s avarice and cynicism, by allowing more chaos to reign at Canadian “gun shows.”
Given the opportunity for a little public decency and respect for our neighbour’s tragedy and the chance to raise a few more shekels from our country’s firearms fanatics, I guess, there was really no choice for these Harperites. Or maybe it was just the deadline of the Canada Gazette. Whatever, it’s powerfully symbolic.
So Mr. Harper sent out Victor Toews – the country’s Minister of Public Insecurity and the target of one of MP Pat Martin’s final, well-placed Tweets – and his tame, pro-gun “advisory” committee to justify the repeal this country’s sensible regulations governing gun-show sales of firearms.
This will please the hysterical gun-nut lobby in their tireless campaign to introduce sufficient chaos to Canada’s firearms sales regime to cause the entire regulatory edifice to collapse, in return for which the Harperites hope to create an issue capable of wedging rural votes away from the New Democratic Party and directing a stream of cash from the gun lobby into the Conservatives’ coffers.
Interestingly, late in the day, apparently too late to pull the Gazette off the press, even buffoons like Mr. Toews must have realized just how horrific were the optics of their timing – and the government now claims to want to “take another look” at the committee of toadies it set up to help it dismantle Canadian gun laws. This is about as persuasive as this government’s fable that it has pushed the reset button on the F-35 see-through-fighter boondoggle.
As is well known, anarchic American gun shows are a favoured way for that unfortunate country’s tens of thousands of irresponsible gun owners to purchase weapons without background checks and to circumvent other local attempts to control the misuse of weapons.
Ironically, and as the Harper Conservatives know very well, U.S. gun “shows” are carnivals of criminality. Indeed, that is why they are one of the key areas being eyed by President Barack Obama for action in the wake of the Sandy Hook horror. Most Canadians wish President Obama well in this effort, even as we question his chances of success.
Thankfully, we have hitherto avoided such a situation in Canada – although this cynical government, like their Republican brethren in the United States, is prepared to sacrifice our safety for the most craven of reasons.
Even the Globe and Mail, the government’s well-trained poodle on most issues, mildly tapped the Harperites on the wrist for this travesty – although it worked hard as usual to let them off the hook for its timing.
The Globe’s editorial on the topic concluded: “Gun shows are a legitimate target for some measure of control. We just don’t live in the same world we did prior to the Sandy Hook tragedy.” Although, count on it, Canada’s gun nuts will soon work themselves into a hysterical frenzy insisting that in fact nothing at all has changed.
Today we will finally hear from the National Rifle Association, who like the cowards they are have been keeping their heads down and their lips zipped since last Friday’s massacre. Count on it that Canada’s Anti-Gun-Control Rage Machine will flood the Twitterverse with the NRA’s defence of responsible nerve gas ownership or whatever talking points they manage to come up with.
This post also appears on Rabble.ca.
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NOTE: Speaking of Canada’s firearms lobby, on this occasion and at this site I am going to rip a page from the book of Warren Kinsella, who recently told the gun-nut set: “Don’t try and post here. I won’t approve your comments. I’m sick of you. I detest you. I don’t want to hear from you. No sane person wants to hear from you. You’re a variant on al-Qaeda, and you’re too deranged to realize it. Go to Hell, where the likes of you belong.”
I wholeheartedly concur. The agents of the anti-gun-law rage machine are legion, and repeat the same tiresome and mostly preposterous arguments for their anti-social hobby over and over and over again.
Since they have untold places to repeat their nonsense, their redirections and misdirections, their preposterous claims, as well as enjoying the apparent enthusiastic support of the government of Canada, I’m going to give myself the satisfaction of deleting them all when they turn up here. They can even post them on Rabble or in the Calgary Beacon, places where this blog also appears, and which have a deeper commitment to the freedom of speech of these loons than I obviously do.
But as far as I am concerned, they can all drop dead. If they don’t like it, they can write a letter to the editor of the Internet.
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THIS JUST IN (10 a.m., Mountain Standard Time): The vicious fruitcakes at the National Rifle Association in Fairfax, Va., have identified the cause of the American pathology of school massacres: video games! Gosh, they must have toiled all week to come up with that inspired gem of a marketing strategy – out of “respect” for the victims and their families, no doubt. The NRA has also provided a “solution”: arm the teachers! Are these Tea Party lunatics sure this is what they really want: more firepower for militant public service union members? This may be something for Victor Toews, Stephen Harper and the other rat-faced fund-raisers of the Rosehip Tea Party of Canada to think about before they adopt the idea with a jerk of their knees. As for the Tory Rage Machine, which is certain to be re-Tweeting the NRA’s talking points even before they climb out of their jammies, what are they going to do with their spare time if they succeed at their new quest for video-game control?