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April 13th 2008 - The Sunday Edition
The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor
Mayor David Miller has started a petition to ban handguns in Canada,
but really that is just a smoke screen. While I support the proposed
ban to a limited extent, what we really need is tougher border security
on both sides of the US-Canada border.
Hypothetically if I wanted to I could quite easily walk across the
border under the pretense of cross-border shopping, purchase a new or
used gun in either Michigan or New York state, and walk back with it in
my purse and no one (thanks to reverse discrimination against women)
would even think to search me or my backpack, purse or shopping bags. I
would be just one of thousands of cross-border shoppers who go across
the border every day to find cheaper deals. I could then sell the gun
on the Canadian side of the border for a tidy profit, paying for all
the cheap goods I purchased in the malls south of here and then some.
So much for border security.
We have three options:
Super Tight Border Security - Nothing gets across without being
searched, X-rayed and interviewed by border patrol guards on both sides
of the border. No more of this cross-border shopping nonsense. Only
transport trucks, tourists, people doing business or working on the
other side would get across and there would be high fees just to cross
#2. Invest heavily in getting more undercover police officers to catch gun smugglers and illegal arms dealers.
The status quo. Leave things as they are. Continue to allow the flow of
drugs/guns and whatever across the border and be prepared to pay the
consequences whenever our citizens get killed.
Banning handguns would make it easier to prosecute criminals who
take part in violent crimes, but it isn't going to solve the problem of
cross border gun smuggling. We can ban handguns if we want to, but it
is just one step towards finding a much larger solution.
Toronto Mayor David Miller's Petition
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