Online Petition effort to ban handguns in Canada draws a mere 16,000 signatures

Just curious, but if an internet petition in Canada got a mere 16,000 signatures to end gun control, would it get similar positive news attention? Here is the story from the Globe and Mail:

Urbanites' call for ban on guns hits a deaf ear in Ottawa
John Barber
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
More than 16,000 people signed his Internet petition to ban handguns since he first made the appeal on Monday, Mayor David Miller told a Scarborough business audience yesterday. "Letters of support for this long-overdue action have also been pouring into my office from the moment the public became aware of this cause," he added.

The cause also captured attention at Queen's Park, with both Premier Dalton McGuinty and Attorney-General Chris Bentley voicing support.

"We'll take a look at what more we might do," the Premier said. "But obviously, when the feds have got responsibility for criminal law, there are some severe restrictions in terms of how far we can go and what we can do." . . .

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Blogger James said...

Are there any countries outside of the U.S. with an effective pro-gun lobby? Canada looks like it could use a good NRA of its own.

4/11/2008 3:37 AM  
Anonymous Nimrod45 said...

This is some info that I got just today from MP Garry Breitkreuz, who spearheaded most of the petition drives and other pro-gun-rights activities at the Federal level:

"From the 35th Parliament to the 39th Parliament, there were 373,960 signatures on pro-gun-rights petitions submitted to Parliament"

This spans the time frame of January 17, 1994 to the present, with the most signatures (275,405) in the first session of the 35th Parliament, January 17, 1994 - February 5, 1996.

I've not bothered to take a look at their actual "petition", but I'll bet you that it doesn't conform to the style required by Parliament to accept it.

This is just a big time waster and photo-op for the lefties. Let them have their fun, it diverts their effort away from activities that might actually acheive something...

4/11/2008 3:01 PM  

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