| Shoot at the root of the problem

Re: “Gun registry in Conservatives’ sights” | Editorial | November 23

We could have saved ourselves a whole lot of trouble if our MPs had only listened to RCMP commissioner J. P. R. Murray when he told them that the numbers used to justify the long gun registry were inaccurate and taken out of context. Unfortunately for us, our MPs had more faith in the powerful anti-gun lobby group then they had in the RCMP.

Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Maybe our MPs are insane.

In 1991, Marc Lépine murdered 14 women at École polytechnique. Lépine had a government-issued firearm license and used a legally-bought firearm.

In 1992, Valery Fabrikant murdered four colleagues at Concordia University. Fabrikant had a government-issued firearm license and used legally-bought firearms.

In  2006, Kimveer Gill murdered an innocent student at Dawson College. Gill had a government-issued firearm license and used legally bought firearms.

Instead of asking for more of the same, maybe our politicians should try investing time and money on programs that deal with violence and aggression. Because ignoring the root of the problem isn’t doing anybody any good.

Michel Trahan

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