Canada’s national long gun registry was initiated in 1995 in an attempt to prevent mass shootings. It quickly became an embarrassment to the government, with ballooning costs that were estimated at $2 billion in 2004 and no recorded effect on crime. It was finally scrapped in 2012 under a Conservative government, with current Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying at the time that the registry had been a failure he was not interested in perpetuating.
The one major holdout in 2012 was the provincial government of Quebec, which petitioned to prevent the destruction of registry data and was overruled by the country’s Supreme Court in 2015. Now the Quebec government has announced the creation of its own gun registry, which it says will cost between 15 million and 20 million dollars. With politicians on both sides of the aisle freely admitting that the federal gun registry did nothing but waste taxpayer money, why would anyone be eager to replicate it?
Maryland Deputy AG: “We Should Ban Guns”
In a series of statements made to—and secretly recorded by—an undercover journalist, Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiruvendran Vignarajah expressed his thorough disregard for the Second Amendment. “My complete answer, off the record, is that we should ban guns altogether, period,” said Vignarajah. “If you want gun practice with a gun, you can go to the gun range, pick up your gun at the gun range, fire it there, and then you leave it there and you go home.”
The deputy AG did concede that he could accept individuals having guns in the home under some conditions, including required liability insurance, an “extensive licensing scheme,” taxes and “fingerprint trigger locks.” The Maryland attorney general’s office has long been a hotbed of anti-gun activity; Vignarajah’s statements merely confirm that this institution continues to be an enemy to the Second Amendment.
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Connecticut Liquor Store Owner Sends Armed Suspect Packing
A man entered a liquor store in Bridgeport, Conn., producing a firearm and demanding cash from the woman at the cash register—the owner’s wife, as it turned out. “When he said, ‘Give me the money,’ my wife, she opened the register,” said owner John Alves. “That’s why I cocked my gun and I point it at him.” Surveillance video reveals the panicked suspect exiting the premises at top speed.
No one was injured in the incident, and police are still searching for the suspect. The Alves family has operated the liquor store for nearly twenty years and has experience dealing with armed robbers. The owner’s son expressed amusement at the outcome: “All I could do is kind of just laugh ‘cause it’s amateurish, very amateurish.”