As one of Stephen Harper's latest victims, Marty Cheliak of the RCMP, is learning that even the police are not safe in a police state. They must also learn to Goose Step to Herr Harper's command or they are never heard from again.
And what was Cheliak's crime? Are you ready? He supported the gun registry. Yep. Fire shot from Harper's eyes, his head spun three times counter clockwise, and he began to froth at the mouth. It was not pretty.
And for the record, the "Lies, lies..." being told about the gun registry are mounting faster than Harper's empty grey hair dye bottles.
How convenient. Not four months ago Chief Supt. Marty Cheliak of the RCMP sang the praises of Ottawa’s tough gun registry to the House of Commons public safety committee. This week, as Stephen Harper’s Conservatives move to gut the registry, Cheliak was dumped from his high-profile job as head of the Canadian Firearms Program and shuffled off to brush up on his français, of all things. Not to worry. RCMP Commissioner William Elliott’s decision to unhorse a vocal Mountie is just a routine “staffing decision,” the Prime Minister assured the nation Wednesday. Nothing “political” about it.
Of course not. Nor was there anything “political” about Tory efforts to attack, hobble or dump Pat Stogran (veterans ombudsman), Munir Sheikh (StatsCan), Kevin Page (parliamentary budget officer), Paul Kennedy (RCMP watchdog), Peter Tinsley (military complaints) and others who had the temerity to question the government’s wisdom. Apparently, this government has nothing but respect for independent-minded public servants.
1. The Firearms Registry is a financial boondoggle & costs billions to run. Wrong: In 2009, it cost $4.1 million to operate the long gun registry.
2. There's too much red tape in registering a long gun. Wrong: Registrations or transfers are done over the phone or online in a matter of minutes.
3. It's expensive to register/transfer a long gun. Wrong: It's free.
4. The gun registry targets the wrong people. Wrong: As of 2009, 111,533 firearms were seized by police for public safety reasons or after criminal use. 87, 893 were long guns.
5. Criminals use handguns. Long guns are used by law-abiding hunters and farmers. Wrong: Not always. Of the 16 police officer shooting deaths since 1998, 14 were committed with a long gun. In 2007, about 15% of known firearm homicides in Canada were committed with a long gun.
6. Police don't support the CFP. Wrong: All of the major Canadian organizations representing police support the registration of all firearms in Canada.
7. Police don't use the gun registry or the CFP's other services. Wrong: Police across Canada access the Firearms Registry online on average 11,076 times a day, 2,842 of those queries for addresses involving community safety incidents.
8. The Firearms Registry online has no impact on Police. Wrong: It does impact officer safety as evidenced by the fact that police used it 4,042,859 times last year.
9. The CFP does not save lives. Wrong: The CFP does more than register guns. It's another tool that assists police in making informed decisions that contribute to community safety.
10. The "gun registry" database has been breached over 300 times by hackers - our information isn't safe. Wrong: The CFP's national database has never been breached by hackers. Information is safe and secure.