Sunday, September 12, 2010

Temperatures Rising: Scrap The Long-Gun Registry

An Angus Reid poll out this week shows a vast majority of Canadians  - 72 per cent - think the long-gun registry has done nothing to prevent crime.  A survey of rank and file police officers is even more decisive, fully 92 per cent of them want it scrapped.  Yet neither of these telling statistics will stop chiefs of police who are reportedly planning a taxpayer-funded lobbying and education campaign to defend the registry.  

The Conservatives are launching an anti-long-gun registry billboard ad campaign in 20 rural ridings held by opposition MPs across Canada, QMI Agency has learned. 

The huge 10-by-20 foot billboards will go up in the key ridings early this week, calling on constituents to pressure the local MPs to vote with the government and support Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner's private member's bill to scrap the registry later this month.

The registry has wasted some $2 billion and drains at least $106 million a year more from taxpayers from all three levels of government. Canadian Taxpayers Federation  Three of the Democrats that have flipped their votes are susceptible to Liberals who placed second in the general election on October 14, 2008.

How many of the 20 MPs will pay the price for ignoring their local constituents, flip flopping on their promises to scrap the long-gun registry for their leader in Toronto?

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