Should we regulate firearms in Canada?
by GF11 on September 10, 2013 - 5:51pm
Canadian faces an issue towards gun owning and gun control. The government holds a registry that permits us to know who has a gun and basic information about that weapon. For some people this is offending and needless spending of money in addition to being a violation of privacy and freedom. Those in favour of the registry says it is valuable to law enforcement and could potentially save lives.
For the author, it would be best to preserve a well furnished registry to prevent gun-related crimes and also help for crime solving issues. Which seems obvious, Insecurity is the only thing that comes in mind when you think of a society were anyone can have a gun and the government doesn’t even know. I would say it is much easier to find a shooter knowing who has a gun instead of taking everyone as a possible suspect.
It is for safety and the respect of Canada’s values of public safety that we regulate hand guns and long-guns. The principle of greater good or common safety are important here because it does less harm to know what people posses than to let them have dangerous activities whit them. ? I would feel safer to know that not anyone can have a firearm and that if they do, the government is aware. For me it is evident that public safety takes over individual freedoms especially if these freedoms are a treat to society.
On the other hand, it can be said that it has not proved to reduce gun-related crimes in addition of costing many billions of dollars to keep up with and represents a violation in privacy, does the government really have to know what we posses? ‘’The Harper administration's most substantial initiative is to remove the long-gun registry requirement. This would mean that rifle and shotgun owners would not be required to register their firearms. This move has prompted critics to accuse the government of attempting to dismantle gun control in Canada.’’(Ian Paul) No matter what length the gun is, it is a dangerous thing and must not be considered different because of its size. All guns should be regulated. The principle of autonomy let us think it is best to let people be responsible whit their firearms than to regulate them.
An other part of the issue arises when you think of the population of Canada. It includes the north, were the Inuits live and these people depend on the carry of firearms for their everyday safety. Not for self protection especially but for feeding purposes. They hunt almost every day from their villages with long-guns and they have lived this way for centuries. Are we going to regulate these also?
Can we trust the sense of judgement of every individual in our society or should we try to make sure they don’t represent a danger?
Gun Control: An Overview. By: Paul, Ian, Eaton, Sarah E., Canadian Points of View: Gun Control, 2009