Handgun bans hurt sportsmen, not criminals

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “A+ Chris Bentley”
Feb. 1, 2008

To the editor:
First of all, handguns are already banned in the same vein that prescription drugs are illegal to possess without a “license.” This allows people who have a legitimate need for such items to legally have access to them: individuals such as police officers, armed security guards, legitimate target shooters (such as Olympic athletes), and collectors.

Secondly, one does not have to look far to see our Commonwealth friends in Great Britain who, in 1997, made possession of handguns illegal. This targeted the legitimate sporting community and in the years following the ban violent crime increased.

Banning handguns is a rash decision made by politicians after a horrific event in an attempt to drum up support for the next election.

Stockwell Day of the Conservative Party has made a public statement regarding the proposed ban in which he states “[A handgun ban] would be counter-productive, as the handgun situation in Canada right now is very tightly controlled.”

He then states that of the 108 handgun-related homicides in Canada in 2006, 102 involved illegal and unregistered weapons (which does not include the unfortunate recent murder/suicide involving London Police Service).

I know I’ll be voting Conservative next election. It seems to be the only party recognizing that criminals with guns are vastly different than citizens with guns.

We should advocate higher mandatory minimum sentences for criminals and increased police presence in illegal gun “hotspots,” and let me continue to enjoy my sport.
"David DiGirolamo
Biology III

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