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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Celebrating 10 years of registering farmers and hunters: Canadian Firearms Program

The 200 unionized employees of the Miramichi-based Canadian Firearms Program central processing centre are celebrating the centre's 10th anniversary tonight.

The story in the Moncton Times & Transcript is focused on the “positive attitude” of employees despite the looming threat that the Conservatives might make good on their promise to scrap the firearms registry. The piece also mentions the “gradual growth” in new jobs at the centre, much needed, apparently, after the job losses that came with the closure of Canadian Forces Base Chatham in 1994.

The non-productive, arguably tyrannical, task of registering the rifles of law-abiding farmers and duck hunters would be better left undone, whatever the alleged benefits to the local economy.

Besides, I’m sure the Conservatives have other people they would like to see registered and catalogued: paedophiles and perverts, lobbyists, no-fly listers, dead beat dads, dangerous offenders, taxpayers, landowners (think SARA), organ donors, etc.

The human resources and infrastructure associated with the Canadian Firearms Program will not go unused in the era of big government.

I’m suddenly reminded of a famous quotation by the French left-libertarian philosopher P.J. Proudhon:

"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. 

To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. 

It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured. 

That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality."

I thinks that's just to right sentiment to leave on for a Saturday night.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on November 22, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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I wonder how many have died by guns since the registry began. I'd bet that there have been either the same or more, proving the registry has been a waste of resources.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-22 9:14:04 PM

If it's registry is canned, do the people who are now criminals get a pardon? I think there are more unregistered guns than anyone imagines.

Posted by: dp | 2008-11-22 10:12:25 PM

Perhaps those government employees might take advantage of another great government safety net...."unemployment benefits"
(they would still be getting paid to produce nothing)

Posted by: JC | 2008-11-22 10:16:25 PM

At least on EI they'll be expected to look for a real job.

Posted by: dp | 2008-11-22 10:59:21 PM

If the registry is destroyed, DP, how will anyone ever prove they were not in compliance? They should be fine.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-23 10:26:33 AM

News flash for these people: the government does not owe you a job. At least that is the way it should be, and I can only hope that the CPC will honour its word this time to totally scrap this useless registry located in the middle of nowhere.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-23 5:54:21 PM

Alain- Miramichi may seem like the middle of nowhere to you, but some fairly highup liberals must not agree with you.

I don't see why the 100 employees shouldn't be able to find new jobs. They're in a very popular tourist region. And even if they can't find jobs, I'd rather foot the bill for their EI benefits than keep funding this mess.

Posted by: dp | 2008-11-23 6:44:45 PM

Another reason to get rid of the registry: if there is a zombie apocalypse, they could find out who has guns and who doesn't. That could be a serious problem. If we all had guns, then there's a chance we could survive.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-24 9:28:55 AM

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