EDITORIAL: A handgun ban? Don’t maintain your breath


Anybody who thinks a nationwide handgun ban is within the political playing cards heading into the Oct. 21 federal election, ought to assume once more.

The Conservatives are towards it and never even the Liberals assume it’s an efficient option to scale back violent city avenue crime.

This appears to have been misplaced within the ongoing gun carnage in Toronto throughout one other Summer time of the Gun.

Whereas Toronto Mayor John Tory and council have referred to as for a handgun and ammunition ban as one among a number of measures to fight violent city avenue crime, all of the Trudeau Liberals ever stated was that they might take into account it.

However in June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s level man on the problem — former Toronto police chief Invoice Blair, now minister of border safety and arranged crime discount — stated the Liberals have concluded a handgun ban could be costly and ineffective.

“It could not, in my view, be maybe the best measure in proscribing the entry that criminals must such weapons, as a result of we’d nonetheless have an issue with them coming throughout the border,” Blair informed the Globe and Mail.

A dialogue paper by the Trudeau authorities two months earlier estimated the price of compensating authorized  handgun homeowners for the 900,000 handguns now of their possession, at as much as $2 billion, with no assure it will scale back gun crime.

Because the dialogue paper famous: “In all circumstances the information doesn’t conclusively display that … handgun … bans have led to reductions in gun violence … The variation in research outcomes displays the truth that patterns of gun violence are influenced by many elements and the affect can’t be attributed to 1 issue.”

As a substitute of a handgun ban, Blair advised measures corresponding to rising border safety to choke off unlawful handguns from the U.S.

The Liberals additionally stated they have been contemplating giving municipalities extra energy to limit firearms as a part of Trudeau’s election platform.

We don’t assume armed gang members and employed killers who aren’t deterred by the Felony Code will probably be cowed by harder municipal bylaws.

However the bigger level is it’s time to maneuver past debating a handgun ban as a result of until Trudeau fully reverses himself throughout the election marketing campaign, it’s off the desk.

Time to concentrate on issues which may truly work.