Charter of Rights & Freedoms be damned, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair wants all guns off the streets (and homes), and he’s starting by confiscating them from, as he puts it, “Legal handgun owners”:
Toronto police have seized almost 400 firearms from registered owners in a six-month push aimed at reducing the number of guns on the city’s streets.
In March, officers began soliciting registered firearm owners across the city as part of what they call the Safe City Project. Many of those who had to surrender their firearms had either let their registrations lapse, or had stashed their guns improperly under beds or in closets.
How on earth would the police know if a legal handgun owner was storing their guns illegally “under beds or in closets?” Maybe they are being stored in gun safes, like the law says.
I suppose if you want to seize legal weapons from its citizenry, the first thing the government/police must do is come up with a pithy title, hence, “Safe City Project”. Who on earth wants to live in an unsafe city? Not me, that’s for sure. And as we all know, legal gun owners and collectors are committing the majority of gun crimes on Toronto streets, so let’s hassle them and take away their weapons.
If the police are taking guns away from people who have let their registration lapse, wouldn’t be just as easy to ask that person to re-register their gun instead of taking the weapon away from them? I mean, the gun collector/terrorists’ information is the same, they live in the same house, they have the same name, what’s has changed other than a “lapse?”
Targeting people who had registered their guns is a preventative measure, said Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.
“Legal handgun owners are not dangerous individuals,” Blair told reporters at a Tuesday news conference. “But we know from experience that their firearms can become extremely dangerous when they get into the hands of criminals. And so we have undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce the availability of those handguns.”
And one of the “initiatives” to reduce the availability of those handguns is to trample on the rights of gun owners by confiscating their weapon(s).
Since confiscating the guns of registered owners is a ”preventative measure”, what are they preventing? Seems to me the police are saying these guns that are being stored “under beds or in closets” are being stolen and used in the commission of crimes. I wonder how many crimes? What are the stats on something like that? Do guns stolen from homes where people are storing them improperly count for 20% of all gun crimes on Toronto streets? 30% 95%? Don’t tell me the police don’t have stats on something like that, they seem to be able to pull out stats to fit their purpose on a whim.
If the police (and when I say police, I’m also referring to Toronto Mayor David “yellow” Miller) are so worried that guns are being stolen from homes, perhaps the coppers should concentrate on patrolling Toronto neighbourhoods more thoroughly. I’m sure the 20 or so officers that are confiscating the guns from the registered users, and pushing paper at a desk, could be put on patrol and sent out into some of those *at risk* neighbourhoods we often hear about. Of course, that implies that the people stealing weapons are from *at risk* neighbourhoods, which makes me a bigot, a racist, and perhaps worse that Hitler, but I’m just throwing that out there for your general consumption.
Considering that Toronto just went through Summer of the Gun II™, I can see why this initiative is now in full force: They’re trying to take your attention away from the people who actually commit gun crimes.
It’s funny in a way that Police Bill Blair admits that the people they are targeting – the registered gun owners – are “not dangerous individuals”, yet guns are “extremely dangerous when they get in the hands of criminals”, but yet they punish the registered gun owner. Hmmm. Perhaps they are targeting the wrong people then? Buehler?
The Safe City Project is a load of horseshit , but completely expected considering it originated from David “Yellow” Miller, Police Chief Bill “Yes David Miller, three bags full sir” Blair, and the rest of the dinkwad socialist tools on Toronto City Council. Registered gun owners are of NO threat, they are NOT the *root cause* of gun crime in Toronto. I’ll give you hint who is an actual threat though: Go to Jane and Finch and open your eyes.