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Friday, August 12, 2005

More guns less crime

That's the title of a book by Yale professor John Lott. As a Canadian, it's practically in my genetic hardwiring to recoil from all that Yankee Second Amendment "cowboy yahoo" stuff. By definition, someone like Professor Lott is public heretic number one, and you don't even have to read his book. It has to be wrong -- it's American!

But then, no one in Canada is ever praised for questioning the rationale behind its gun control laws, let alone their value.

To whit, innocent citizens of my hometown of Halifax are becoming easy targets for swarming gangs of teens, some of whom carry guns. Show of hands -- who thinks the number of sickening attacks like this would drop if the bad guys understood that their victims might just shoot back? When the evil have weapons and will use them, the good should have the right to reasonable self-defense, no?

In Canada, the answer is no. In fact, you might not believe this one, but even if a bunch of hoodlums break into your house, and you repulse them with a knife, you could wind up in jail.


Anonymous Joe McCool said...

Those infamous Halifax Crypts strike again.

“Hand over all your loonies before I get all Tim Horton on your ass! Eh?”

1:41 PM

Blogger Patrick said...


That's Crips (unless you were riffing on my venerable family name....) You must be an Angelino, eh, compadre?

Going to Guisep's on Tues?

3:44 PM

Anonymous Joe McCool said...

I'll be there.

Have you seen the guest list? It should be fun/trouble.

BTW the blog is great! I check it everyday.

6:02 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

I only know you and Mike Barry the King of All Broken Promises.

8:11 PM

Blogger terryvnd said...

How about the one where the homeowner was away when a thief broke in and was bitten by the family dog? The thief sued and the homeowner was ordered by a [Canadian - need I add?] judge to pay the thief $5,000 in compensation. Justice is served.

8:04 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Oh, Canada! Our home's on native land (and don't you forget it!)

8:14 PM


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