One of the problems facing Canadians, especially those who live in cities, is easy enough to understand: gangs, often gangs of armed young people, mostly young men and too often young aboriginal men or “people of colour,” are engaged in criminal activities and they are often at war with other gangs and they use guns, mostly illegal handguns, mostly smuggled in from the USA, to settle their differences. These gangsters are often lacking in skill-at-arms or they are simply careless and the result is that innocent bystanders are often shot. The gangsters and hooligans are regularly arrested, tried and convicted and promptly released because … well, because they are underprivileged or victims of systemic racism or, or, or …
The police, and most citizens, know who the “problems” are and where they live and operate. But, for a whole host of reasons the police are reluctant to go and sort them out … in part because they know that they will not be supported by elected civic, provincial and national leaders.
In fact, at the national level, Canada’s dimwitted (drug addled?) prime minister and his bumbling sidekick the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness are determined to look the other way and try to solve a problem that doesn’t even exist. Hunters, sport shooters and biathletes are not using their “military style” rifles to terrorize neighbourhoods and trade in drugs, prostitution and other similar lines of “business.” But Justin Trudeau, eager to appease a small but vocal corps of really stupid people ~ people who are really afraid of guns ~ has decided that hunters and farmers are easier targets than are gangbangers.
There are plenty of gun laws in Canada. They need to be enforced. Criminals ~ and people who consistently break the law and then are, equally consistently, released to reoffend, over and over again are criminals, not victims ~ need to be locked away for a very, very long time in some very, very unpleasant places.
Millions of Canadians, some of them my family and friends, have been and still are victims of systemic racism, but they don’t go around shooting up neighbourhoods because they aren’t criminals. The people who are criminals need to be apprehended and, if possible rehabilitated. Those who don’t want to rejoin society need to be separated from it until they are harmless. The millions and millions of law abiding Canadians, “racialized” or not, need some protection from violent criminal gangs; for a start, they need a new, competent government in Ottawa: one without Justin Trudeau.