In this vein I submit the following tale. I hope is properly explains the nature of a "politician".
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Monday a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber goes to open his shop the next morning there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The cop is happy and leaves the shop.
Wednesday morning when the barber goes to open up there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Later that day, a college professor comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week. ' The professor is very happy and leaves the shop.
Thursday morning when the barber opens his shop, there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen different books, such as 'How to Improve Your Business' and 'Becoming More Successful.
'Then, a MP comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The MP is very happy and leaves the shop.
Friday morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen MP's lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the members of our Parliament.
My money will go to Carolyn McCarthy. I have no objection to gun
ownership, if the owners are properly licensed and trained. I don't like
crooks, crazies, and kids to have guns they don't know how to use. I'm 64
and still haven't learned, and I won't likely learn to use a gun either.
I'm too hotheaded.
I have no real good idea, but in order to be able to drive legally, you
need to provide evidence of knowledge and ability to drive. Moreover,
you need to have a vehicle that is registered and inspected. Why not the
same with guns?
At a minimum, possession of a fireweapon should be allowed only upon
demonstrated know how of its workings and ability to properly utilize it.
In addition, you should be able to show how you came into possession of
I know this may go against the frontier mentality of some in the US, but
we are not living in the 1600's anymore.
And I agree, it will be almost impossible to legislate and protect
against all aberrant behavior, as shown by the 20 year-old who entered a
day care center in Dendermonde, Belgium and knifed 2 babies and an adult
I couldn't possibly imagine what drove someone to do that.
And every day people who have provided that evidence are involved in
collisions that result in loss of life. We do not in general require
licenses to ride "pedalcycles" however if you check the numbers you
will find that more people die every year in "pedalcycle" accidents
than in firearms accidents. So if there is a need for licensing and
training of operators of firearms there is even more need for
licensing and training of operators of "pedalcycles".
Further, training is no guarantee that there will be no accidents.
Read the papers and you will find that police, who I think you will
agree are "trained", experience firearms accidents with some
Most deaths involving firearms are the result of deliberate,
intentional, and unlawful misuse of firearms. Can you explain to us
how licensing and training will prevent such misuse?
Beyond that, the UK has an absolute ban on private possession of
handguns. They also have a rising incidence of the use of handguns in
crime. If an absolute ban does not help then how will licensing and
Registration of vehicles is primarily for tax purposes. We have
enough damn taxes in our society already. There is a secondary
identification function but that is useful mainly because the marker
plate is large enough to be read from a distance. Are you proposing
that anyone who owns a firearm hang a marker plate on his back or
something? If not then what, exactly, is the function that you
believe that such registration will serve?
As for inspection, inspection is primarily for emissions, not safety.
Is there some epidemic of air pollution from firearms that Al Gore has
not yet discovered? But even if the inspection is for safety, is
there some epidemic of injuries or deaths due to malfunctioning
firearms? If not then what purpose will be served by such
inspections? And how often do you think they should be performed?
And by who?
And what societal problem will this solve? Personally I would prefer
that criminals in possession of "fireweapons" _not_ know how to
properly utilize them. As for "know how of its workings", what kind
of "know how" do you mean?
And how will our society be better off because someone has a sales
It has nothing to do with "frontier mentality". Show us how your
proposed requirements will make our society better in some way.
Criminals don't obey the law. That's what makes them criminals.
Licensing and registration affect the law abiding, they do not affect
The only comment I can make on that statement is that the rigours needed to
get licensed for a firearm might discourage some from doing so, resulting in
fewer legal gun ownerships and fewer being stolen. While many guns are
smuggled up to Canada from the US, a significant number of them are obtained
by way of theft.
Certainly not a perfect solution, but one of many ways to prevent the
obtaining of a gun for criminal purposes.
Well, you've heard the old saying. 'All it takes for evil to triumph is for
good men to do nothing' (or words to that effect). An attempt to do
something is better than doing nothing as far as I'm concerned. And by that
doing something, I'm not talking about arming everybody.
I wonder what kind of death rate by gun there was in the old west where
everybody was armed. My guess would be that the population ratio versus gun
death of responsible citizens was much higher than it is now.
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