RedBedHead: Is Gun Control Debate Missing The Point?

The brutal and tragic killing of 12 people in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado has raised the thorny issue of gun control in an election year. Not surprisingly both Obama and Romney, fearful of being targeted the politically powerful National Rifle Association have dodged the issue and stated that they are committed to defending ...

RedBedHead: Mayor Ford Is Mad. Mean Mad. And, Oh Yeah, A Racist.

I’m mad, really mad! Mayor Ford wants to clarify his comments from the other day, following the tragic shooting in Scarborough. Here’s what he said at the time: Asked how he planned to force gangsters out of Toronto, Mr. Ford said: “I don’t know and that’s what I’m going to sit down with the prime minister ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: What Vic Toews doesn’t know might hurt you

As the Conservative caucus wanders off tonight to celebrate their modest victory against the continuation of the life saving long gun registry by drinking the blood of gun violence victims with the gun lobby, we would be remiss if we did not point out how little Public Safety Minister Vic Toews knows about the bill ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: 50 calibre rifle found in Mountie shooting suspect’s truck

It’s a shame that the Harper Tories don’t think that rifles like the one described in this story need to be registered: The rifle was hidden inside, police say. It was not loaded, but a police dog team found a loaded .50-calibre magazine a short distance away. That type of rifle is considered to have ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: As the Harper Tories prepare to deep six the life saving long gun registry

A couple of readings on law abidingness: Police use the long gun registry Police use the long gun registry Gun collectors don’t always use the long gun registry

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: We stand with Irwin Cotler

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When CPC MPs lie to Parliament

On Tuesday during the debate on the life saving long gun registry, Harper Tory MP Larry Miller compared gun control supporters to Hitler. Shortly after Question Period that day, Miller stood up in the House and apologized for naming the “this evil guy”.  Opposition MPs were less than satisfied, but the Harper Tories were quick ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: We’re surprised that anybody is surprised by Larry Miller’s comparison of gun control supporters to Hitler

Following gun control issues as we do, we’re not really surprised that Conservative MP Larry Miller chose to compare gun registry supporters to Hitler. After all, Miller is just reflecting a common point view among gun control opponents. And he isn’t even the first person associated with Harper Tories to get into trouble with Nazi ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Long gun registry helps police solve $250 000 theft from west coast business

Victoria Times Colonist “Access to the long-gun registry has been critical to advancing the speed of this investigation,” Jantzen said, who added it all went down in a matter of 24 hours.Saanich News “Long-gun registry checks were at the forefront of this investigation,” he said. “We support these accessible databases … when we’re investigating instances ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Giving credit where credit is due

Yesterday, the Harper Tory government was finally forced to announce the membership of its radical anti-gun control committee (Question 364). It’s only five or six years after the committee was established that a written Parliamentary question shone some light on the rocks under which the committee lives. Review of the new list shows some real ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Establishing motive

Why are the Harper Tories hell bent on destroying data from the life saving long gun registry? A high profile Toronto lawyer thinks he knows why: It’s like throwing a bomb into a crime lab because they didn’t want any evidence left there.We couldn’t have said it any better.

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: An imbalance of outcomes

Gun lobby vs. shooting victims

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: The sum of some

Earlier today, federal, provincial and territorial justice and public safety ministers finished their annual meeting in Charlottetown. Among the items under discussion, was Quebec’s request that the Harper Tory government transfer data from the life saving long gun registry to provinces wishing to establish their own. According to the agreed press release, some jurisdictions supported ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Making it up as they go

In 2009, the Harper Tories had a clear plan to replace the long gun registry with something that could work: We want to return to the better system of having retailers record their sales of non-restricted weapons instead of having to register them with the long-gun registry. – Guy Lauzon, MP (Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry)We want to return ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Harper Tories release suppressed gun control report: Report leaves more questions than answers

Five days after the Minister of Public Safety tabled the overdue 2010 report of the Commissioner of Firearms, the government finally got around to providing it to the rest of the country. Sensible Canadians should be concerned that the report took so long to be made available. Judging from it’s contents, preparation was only partly ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Now this is interesting

We suspect that some of our readers will be upset that the UFC has banned gun ads. Others, we suspect, just won’t care.

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Harper Tories still suppressing critical firearms reports

Two months ago, we wrote about the Harper Tory government’s penchant for suppressing RCMP reports on the life saving long gun registry. At the time, the House of Commons Public Safety committee was studying the most recent long gun registry repeal bill and another favourable report would have again undermined the credibility on the government’s ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Alberta supports Quebec long gun registry

Last week while we were busy doing other things, Alberta Premier Alison Redford visited Quebec. Over the course of the visit, the Premier was asked about her views on the life saving long gun registry. Redford told reporters that she respects Quebec’s decision to establish its own long gun registry and does not oppose transfer ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Tories lying about gun registry bill

According to Western Canada’s gun lobby. Maybe that’s why the NFA didn’t get invited to the House of Commons Committee review of the radical bill to repeal the life saving long gun registry. Let’s hope the Tory majority lets the NFA appear when the Senate considers the Bill.

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Three posts on guns worth reading

Every now and then, we see things which will likely interest our regular readers and, as a bonus, engage and/or enrage our trolls. Here are three that speak of the community to which the Harper government is pandering in its incremental war on Canada’s gun laws. Reflecting on the Right-Wing Response to Violence Against Women ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Dear fellow Reformers

OTTAWA January 6, 2011 Dear fellow Reformers, It’s been a long slog but we’ve arrived. The opposition is crippled and the media is cowed. Heck, we’ve turned the appointment of the second place candidate in an election that took place more than six years ago into a victory for “democracy”. And no one is questioning ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Ringing in the new year with a bang

A couple of days before the new year a letter appeared in the Calgary Herald outlining the writer’s concern about the deaths caused by another formerly law abiding gun owner. The writer likely wondered how a young man who treated his guns like “babies”could legally acquire and keep the weapon he used to kill three ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Not just for Arizona anymore

Look out! Santa has a gun! Reports say that neighbourhood Santas were not amused.

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Next stop, tiger blood

Today we learned that the stable Harper majority government has launched yet another round of ads trumpeting the Conservative Party’s unfulfilled commitment to repeal the life saving long gun registry. But why now, right before Christmas? They have a majority in the House of Commons.  They could have passed their radical Bill before leaving on ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When is OK to compare Canadian police to the SS?

In April 2011, a handpicked member of the Harper government’s radical anti-gun control advisory committee, compared Canadian cops to Hitler’s notorious SS. In the midst of an election campaign, such comments had the potential to be explosive and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews former Director of Parliamentary Affairs lept bravely into the fray: “Due to ...