Should Canadian Gun Registration Be Repealed Entirely?

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 10:16pm.

Every year More than 2.5 million crimes and violent acts interrupted and de-escalated by an armed citizen... John Longenecker

The recent comments about Canadian gun registration have been on topic and illuminating. It shows how a people will find their way come what may, and where self-rule is the way of life, enforcing freedom over the powers of the state means growth on so many levels - whoever the state may be.

When you look to homicides as a measure of whether gun control is working or not, you see only half of the picture. The real parameter to examine is the crimes that did not happen, and you can look to the U.S. for this where people are armed and where the fears of the anti-gun have never materialized, including violence, or the loss of real tools for tracing of crime.

In America, more than 300 million guns are in the hands of some 90 million citizens. Our FBI furnishes data turned in to them by law enforcement around the country on who stops a crime in progress and turns in a report to police. Here, we may have around 14,144 homicides by guns in crimes in 2008, for example, but we also show more than 2.5 million non-crimes every year. That is to say, violent acts interrupted and de-escalated by an armed citizen (and subsequently turned in to law enforcement for assembling their reports). Experts believe there are many rural areas where such de-escalations occur more than once a year, are uncounted and not reported.

It's what you don't see that tells the story on how silly regulation of guns really is and how counter productive it is when the subject is personal safety and safety of a community. Gun control is counter productive also in terms of costs and how those revenues (billions) can be directed to more returns on investment than vexing the honest has been. Gun control does not work, because that is not where crime and violence are fought. Gun control is one locus for a transfer of wealth.

Many nations utilize crime as a reason to disarm their own citizenry and loot nations. For those nation states, the cruelty or freedom in governance becomes definitionally only a matter of degree between, say, England and parts of Asia. In England, we see gun bans since 1997 and a horrific rise in violent crime in this void, along with documentation of an ever-increasing punishment for resistance, even with what unarmed citizens have been left with; sticks and pen knives. In other countries, we see wholesale, official murder of disarmed persons, with media coverage of the killings portrayed as an ongoing civil war.

Gun confiscations have always preceded such 'civil wars' and the murders in them, and registration has always preceded confiscations. There are no exceptions. It is as much a gateway to murder and looting by the state as marijuana is a gateway to Heroin. It is only that various states are in various stages of progression.

No government needs to know where the guns of its people are. Registration indicates that the state fears the people, but fears what, exactly? This is not the trouble it might seem: it is right that a government fear its people, not out of apprehension that the people are unreasonable and volatile, but that the government stay in line as itself reasonable and not govern by outrage.

The only justification for knowing where the guns are is in the mind of officials whose intentions are soon to be incompatible with public interest, public service, and the reason for even having a government at all. Who, then, has whom?

The ascendancy of the state is on insistence and not service, insistence backed by official force, with powerlessness of the very people a government claims to serve. True service will operate with consent of the governed, and leave it at that. No outrages. And who gets to decide what is outrageous? The people, of course. Anything otherwise, and the servants have ceased to serve.

There is no problem anywhere in the world which cannot be solved better in liberty than anything so outrageous as the insistences of a state. What becomes a problem for the state is not necessarily a problem for the citizenry of a free people, but an asset: independence. In fact, freedom of the people is for some states a problem itself. Regulating how much authority the people actually have over servants is one of the earliest indicators of a coming outrage of governance. Obeisance of the state to the people is the most promising indicator of Peace in a free nation.

Gun registration and knowing where the guns are is a threat to the freedom of the people who hire, fund, and instruct their public servants. Registration is to go outside these and defy the people. It is to forget who serves whom.

John Longenecker - October 26, 2009 - source CanadaFreePress

John Longenecker is a liberty writer at Good for the Country.
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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 10:16pm.