Canada’s assault weapons ban: Trudeau pulling an Allende

Like the late President Salvador Allende of Chile, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected with with a very narrow margin of victory. Allende got 36% of the vote in a 3-way race and Trudeau lost the popular vote in 2019 but managed to put together a governing coalition

As we know, President Allende misunderstood the election results and pushed a socialist agenda against the wishes of 65% of Chileans who did not vote for it. The net result is that he destroyed the economy and massive discontent led to his overthrow in September of 1973. 

It appears that Trudeau is now using a recent mass shooting to overreach, saying this:   

“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada,” Trudeau said in a briefing where he announced the decision. PM Trudeau was reacting to a couple of mass shootings in Canada. 

The opposition was quick, especially in all of those provinces west of Ontario won by conservatives in the last election:    

“Canada’s Conservative opposition party leader Andrew Scheer denounced the ban, pointing out the Nova Scotia gunman used illegally obtained firearms, which the ban doesn’t address.  “Trudeau is using the current pandemic and the horrific attack in Nova Scotia to push his ideological agenda and make major firearms policy changes,” he said in a statement.  

Using the pandemic to push an ideological agenda?  Where have we heard that one before?    

How does a Prime Minister with 33.1% of the votes get to push an ideological agenda?  Well, that’s what I’m hearing from my favorite pundits like Spencer Fernando:  “GUN GRAB: Trudeau government lets criminals out of jail while criminalizing law-abiding Canadians.” As we learned down here, banning assault weapons had little, if any, impact on crime.    As Polifact wrote:  

“The drop during the ban is less clear cut.” 

In fact, Democrat majorities in the US House and Senate plus a President chose to forget the law.  Canadians will learn what we all know. Criminals do not respect laws. They will get their hands on whatever firearm is available. Furthermore, and more important, let’s hope that Canadians remind their “33% Prime Minister” that he is really overreaching.  

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