Monday, June 19, 2006

Calling the shots

“Duck hunters, farmers and law abiding gun owners do not pose a threat to public security, but criminals do.”

CTF news release this morning

"Duck hunters, farmers and law-abiding gun owners do not pose a threat to Canadians. Criminals do."

Public Security Minister Stockwell Day this afternoon

13 comments:

Robert McClelland said...

Shorter CTF: Look here, we have petitions and that validates our idiotic position.

So if the Conservatives win this battle will they then go after the driver's licence registry next? I mean, it doesn't prevent a single person from driving without a licence. You can even recycle the same slogan. Law abiding drivers do not pose a threat to public security, but criminals do.

Spakosky said...

Hey Rob, where I come from, most unlawful deaths are as a result of knives: in teh same vien, shoudl there be a knife registry?

BTW, I think that MV registries make sense, and are at least self-sustaining in terms of public expence. But a chainsaw registry? a tractor or quad registry? a long-gun registry? a waste of time and money, all.

Kelly J Gessner said...

So the CTF and the Conservatives are joined at the hip. This is news?
Law abiding recreational drug users do not pose a threat to public security, but criminals do.

R.S. Porter said...

And drugs should be legalized.

Robert McClelland said...

By the way, I can't help but note the silence on Stockwell Day's waste of taxpayer's dollars.

So why, asked one reporter, did Day choose to rent a conference room and sound system at Ottawa's Chateau Laurier hotel instead of holding the event on Parliament Hill or even in the National Press Theatre, which seems to have become "no-go" territory for the Conservatives now that they are in power.

"They are any number of rooms . . . on Parliament Hill that are available to you to make the announcement at no cost to taxpayers," the reporter noted at a news conference yesterday.


Now see, that is an actual waste of taxpayer dollars.

Robert McClelland said...

in teh same vien, shoudl there be a knife registry?

I bet you've go your pants on backwards.

R.S. Porter said...

Now see, that is an actual waste of taxpayer dollars.

Yes, but the gun registry cost hundreds of millions compared to thousands for the rented room.

Kelly J Gessner said...

Waste is waste. Or is there some threshold only after which waste becomes problematic?

Adam Taylor said...

Robert:

Are you suggesting that spending a billion dollars on a program that tracks duck hunters is a good use of tax dollars?

Kelly:

As the Conservatives are in power you will notice that the CTF deals with them just as we did with the Liberals fro 1993 to 2006.

Money Bags4Me said...

Kelly believes that everybody that doesn't agree with everything she thinks is a conservative. And by calling them that, it will change their minds.

Evidence is irrelevant.

R.S. Porter said...

Waste is waste. Or is there some threshold only after which waste becomes problematic?

It's called prioritizing.

Robert McClelland said...

Are you suggesting that spending a billion dollars on a program that tracks duck hunters is a good use of tax dollars?

I'm saying it's irrelevant to the discussion now. Scrapping the gun registry will not recover one penny of that money. All that matters now is how much it costs us today and whether that amount justifies its continued existance.

Scott Hennig said...

Rob,

Thanks for posting the link. It's a very valid point on the room rental as a waste of money.

I buy into the broken windows theory on waste, eliminate the little ones and the big ones will follow. They're all important.

Being fiscally responsible needs to be a mindset not a convenient response.

Stockwell shouldn't have rented the room, the Liberals shouldn't have spent a billion on a useless registry.

It's still pretty funny that he took a line directly out of our press release.

Our next gun registry news release is going to contain the line "purple monkey dishrag" just to see if it was accidental or not.

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