Tuesday, January 15, 2008

"Ban handguns says Toronto mayor"... uuuhhh yeah okay.

From : National Post

"Mayor David Miller called for a total ban on handgun ownership after the fatal shooting this weekend of a passer-by outside a club on one of the busiest stretches of Yonge Street."

I haven't blogged about the negative perception handguns have by some people. It's truly unfortunate how tragic some violent crimes are. It's also unfortunate that more often than not a gun is used during the crime. If all guns were banned some other weapon would be used. It won't prevent crime, it would just reduce crime with handguns, something else would take it's place. Tasers? I welcome any comments about where you stand on this issue.

I worry about what all the negative news means for my sport. I primarily compete with air pistols but would like to be competing in the 50m pistol events this coming year. Both are Olympic events. Hopefully getting all of my paperwork in order won't be difficult.

Now for the good news...

My hotel and flight are all booked and confirmed. I'll be in Toronto February 21 - 26, 2008. I'm looking forward to this match, being an Olympic year I suspect a lot of national teams from other countries will be attending. The event has room for 300 competitors so it is definitely going to be interesting to see how I do.

If you're going to the Canadian Airgun Grand Prix next month (especially anyone from British Columbia) let me know (email me: al [ @ ] allanharding.com), I want to make sure we get our teams registered and to see if we can get a BC Team dinner or something going one night.

2 comments:

navkat said...

"If all guns were banned some other weapon would be used. It won't prevent crime, it would just reduce crime with handguns, something else would take it's place."

Worse still; people who really want to commit a violent crime aren't going to be deterred by a silly handgun ban. Like: "I was totally going to kill my ex girlfriend and her stupid boyfriend this weekend but I can't because guns are illegal and I wouldn't want to like, break the LAW or anything."

Please.

The scary fact is that once guns are against the law, only the bad guys will keep and use them.

Good luck, Al!

POW POW POW!

Edmond said...

Hey Al,

I believe the most frequent method of homicide is by stabbing, followed by beating. It's just perceived that shootings are most frequent because of the media hysteria. In any case, I feel it's all just as tragic.

This ban is the status quo political propaganda from the same loonie left wingnut. He's been spewing the same crap for years, while throwing all logic out the door. My experience tells me some people can not be swayed. They have made up their mind and don't want to be confused with the facts. BTW, he's a die hard NDPer... go figure! I believe the best policy is to not bring attention to worthless ideas like David Miller's. They don't deserve to be discussed and doing so only plays into his game.

Good luck at the Grand Prix. If you get a chance, shake hands with mayor Miller and tell him you're a handgun shooter. =8c]