Apparently the Conservative party has found a way to piss off it’s base. Well, part of it anyway, but it’s the part with the guns so this could get interesting. Thisarticleover at The Globe and Mail about gunowner displeasure with bill S-5, which amends but not scraps the firearms registry claims that the bill is costing the Conservatives money and members. The members being primarily the guys who believe that if the government knows you have a firearm then they’ll take it. “It’s just a matter of time and why are you so naive that you don’t believe this” is the gist of the argument the multiple gun hobbyists I used to know would give me. My counter-argument was that they didn’t mind registering their damn dog, so what was the problem with doing the same for your lethal weapons? And it was always hobbyists. Noone I met ever needed them for protection or because they’d starve without one. I should point out here that I’m a member of the armed forces and as such have extensive weapons training. I do not however own a firearm, nor do I see a real need for one outside of my work. Shotguns, rifles and pistols exist to kill the living, be it man or beast and any potential counterpoint about target shooting (which I personly enjoy) can’t negate that fact. For that reason I can’t help but wonder if there’s something else behind this fear of “the government takin’ my guns away”. Look closely at the most vehement opponents of the firearms registry and I’m pretty sure that you’ll find inadequacy issues so deep that you could drill them for oil. Most of those who own firearms don’t have any real need for them beyond some form of ego stroking.
What I find more interesting though is that to me this is a small rebellion against Harper’s iron fist of opinion control. These are mere party members, and as such have no reason to fear the Harpenfuhrer’s wrath for expressing an opinion contrary to party goal. That the party’s only real goal at this point seems to be keeping Harper in free housing is a large part of what’s pissing them off I suspect. In any case Harper has shown himself to be remarkable good at blowing with the winds in the past. That the winds rarely blows in the same direction as the people who supported his rise is something that cheers me up to no end. As a military man I like a good explosion and there’s likely a good one coming. On that note let me leave you with this, my final word on the gun ownership issue. Like Scott Adams I think that people should be allowed to own any weapon that they want. However only I can own the ammunition because frankly, I don’t trust the average person who wants a weapon with anything more dangerous than string.