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Rex Murphy November 30, 2005

Posted by Binford in Politics.
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Rex Murphy seems to be the only sane voice at the CBC not towing the Liberal party talking points. Witness his latest rant about the federal gun registry:

I was peering into all of these semantic windows just for the purpose of making sure that when I said the federal gun registry — cost close to $2 billion — was useless, that I was on the right track. I think we are. There have been 69 murders in Toronto over this year. Many worthy, innocent people have tasted the deepest grief. The killings have profoundly disturbed, agitated, and alarmed the communities where they have occurred. The most recent murder was of an 18-year-old boy outside a church attending the funeral of a 17-year-old boy who was himself murdered the week before. This brazen blasphemous horror has appalled everyone. It has shaken Toronto to the core.

In none of these killings has the gun registry been of the slightest assistance. It has been ineffectual, of no beneficial use, incapable of assistance. This useless pretence of a policy has answered no valuable purpose. I bring this up in this particularly bleak context not primarily to take a smack at the gun registry, though it deserves every smack it gets, but to point out this further consideration: That cosmetic legislation, legislation designed to make people feel good, has a price beyond the $2 billion sign. Such legislation always amounts to a pretence and an evasion.

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