Frontier justice & gun registry

Posted on April 3, 2009
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper is lobbying with anglers and hunters to get their active support against the long gun registry in Canada. He asked a group of them to call and apply pressure to their MPs to support shutting it down.

I support strong gun control and registration but you have heard all the arguments pro and con before. That’s not what this is about.

Apparently there is a clear divide between city folk who want strict gun registration and control and country folk who don’t. The reasons now seem to be the same as they were in the old West. People in town don’t need guns. Some rural people do.

As anyone who ever went to the Saturday afternoon dusters at the local theatre knows, the sheriff knew how to deal with that. Cowboys left their guns at the sheriff’s office when they came to town and got them back when they left.

Could that old idea be the basis for a solution to gun ownership, possession and registration? If you live in town, and own a gun, it stays at the police station until you are leaving town. If you live in the country, you can have your gun and don’t have to register it but you cannot take it to town.

You can’t shoot varmints in town anyway.

How’s that for a compromise?                               DAC


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