PETERS – Changes to gun and drug laws — Symbolic? Practical? Both? Neither?

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WE’VE SEEN A COUPLE of fairly major moves by our federal government in the past week meant to address health and safety for Canadians.

The Trudeau Liberals have announced an impending freeze on the sale, transfer and import of handguns. If you have one, you have one. If you don’t, you’re not getting one. At least, that seems to be the intent.

The government also announced as of next January, British Columbians will not be arrested and prosecuted for possessing small, personal amounts of drugs of abuse.

As a means to decreasing gun violence, the bans surrounding handguns are largely symbolic.

The likelihood that these changes will have any impact whatsoever on gun crime is extremely remote.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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