An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS HALF RIGHT with his campaign promise on gun control.
The Liberal leader says, if re-elected, he’ll give municipalities the authority to ban handguns and will impose a nation-wide ban on so-called “assault rifles,” the best known of which is the AR-15.
A buy-back program would be part of the ban.
So far, so good. While mass shootings with semi-automatic weapons haven’t made their way to Canada with the frequency they occur in the U.S., both the Ecole Polytechnique and Quebec City mosque shootings were carried out with semi-automatics. Details of which rifles would be banned haven’t been worked out yet but there’s no need to wait for more mass shootings before taking action.
Where he falls short is on handguns, which are the weapon of choice in firearms deaths.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.