Get out and vote!!!!!!!Thank you for contacting me with respect to the Prime Minister's announcement to ban handguns. Does he not realize that criminal possession of a handgun has been illegal for more than 70 years? This most recent misguided proposal will do nothing to keep criminals from getting handguns or to reduce violent crime.
The real news is that the most recent Statistics Canada homicide report showed that in 2004, 70 percent of the accused murderers had a prior conviction for a violent offence: 8 for homicide! Canadians should be asking the Prime Minister: Why are convicted murderers being let out on our streets to kill again instead of in prison where they belong? There were 622 murder victims in 2004 - a 12 percent increase over 2003 including an increase in almost all categories of family homicides. Seventy-two percent of these murderers used something other than a firearm. The government's priority should be to reduce the root causes of violent crime rather than its current obsession with the methods used by these criminals.
Paul Martin has presided over the public purse for all of the last twelve years, ignoring the realities of violent crime, pouring $2 billion dollars into another phony firearms law called the gun registry and starving law enforcement in the process. Our police officers have been losing the fight against violent crime for the last 43 years. The number of Criminal Code incidents per police officer has more than doubled since 1962. Canada's violent crime rate has more than quadrupled over the same period. We have reached the point now that violent crime is higher in Canada than in the United States. Why hasn't that made the front pages?
Our firearms policy will effectively return our gun laws to the way they were before 1995 - except for the mandatory minimum sentences that we propose to increase. Then I personally promise that I will start the task of fixing all the flaws in federal firearm laws by requiring that they be subjected to a public safety test administered by the Auditor General of Canada. My proposal includes a sunset clause on all gun control laws that have been proven by the Auditor General not to be cost effective at reducing the criminal use of firearms and improving public safety.
Garry Breitkreuz, M.P.
Conservative Firearms Critic
House of Commons
Room 452D - Centre Block
Phone: (613) 992-4394
Fax: (613) 992-8676