By Letter to the Editor on February 11, 2020.
“Liberals’ take on guns just ‘hype’ and ‘rhetoric’: Motz” (Medicine Hat News, Jan. 10)
Petitions are one-sided polls. We may know how many signed in favour of the issue but never how many are against it. It would be more instructive to conduct a poll to get some idea of how an entire population views an issue but polls are tricky to design so that they produce accurate results.
In the last federal election there were 27.1 million electors on the list, of whom 17.9 million voted. There are only 0.08 million signatures on petition e-2341. 17.8 million Canadians who made the effort to vote had no input into this petition, unless of course it is reasoned that they had input by not signing the petition.
A survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute in April 2019 found 64 per cent of those polled supported limiting access to handguns, while 27 per cent did not. For assault weapons, support for additional limits was even stronger, at 77 per cent, with 17 per cent opposed.
In 1993 a Supreme Court of Canada decision concluded Canadians have no constitutional right to bear arms. Owning firearms in Canada is a privilege, not a right.
If the Liberals spend $250 million on a gun buyback, that will cost about $6.60 for every man, woman and child in the country. Peanuts.
There is only one person here who is guilty of hype and rhetoric.