More opposition to gun registry
The long gun registry is in the news again and the sad part about it, it’s all about politics. I have always been against the long gun registry and according to Randy Simms’ article in The Telegram on Sept 4, I could be one of the misguided ones. I will attempt in this letter to explain why it should be abolished and you readers can judge if I am misguided.
I grew up in a time when the long gun was a useful tool in our survival to obtain food for the table, such as seal, moose, caribou, all kinds of sea birds and yes, I did eat gull, in fact if you could get a young one it was a delicacy. I owned my first gun — a single shot .22 — when I was about 10 years old.
Today, many years later, I still use my guns to put meat on the table — seal, rabbits, ducks, grouse and an odd goose and turr (no longer allowed to kill gulls), and many people in NL use them to kill moose and caribou.
• Reason No. 1 — the exurbant cost of this program. I see no proof that it has made this country any safer. In fact, a police report said most of the deaths by long guns are caused by suicide. According to Randy’s article the registry has helped police reduce the number of suicides. Wwhat a joke. If people want to commit suicide, they will find a way without using a long gun. Most of the suicides I know about are caused by other means, as to family disputes that end up in shootings.
Another thing that people are forgetting is that all long guns sold in the last 20years, long before this registry existed, had to be registered. In fact, you could not buy one without a certificate from the RCMP.