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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The boxing day shoot-out - the murder of constable Gignac - mad-dog Rozsko ..... What's happened to good old Canadian common sense?

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
Josh Billings

Last Boxing Day Toronto hoodlums armed with unregistered handguns started a gunfight in a Boxing Day shopping crowd. A bullet hit and killed 13 year-old Jane Creba who was shopping with her parents. A few weeks before the shoot-out, one of the hoodlums had robbed a convenience store with a handgun. A wet- noodle judge sentenced him to only 30 days in jail.

On December 20, in Montreal, Francois Pepin used his hunting rifle to kill Constable Valerie Gignac. Pepin was a convicted violent criminal. In 1999, a Quebec Judge had prohibited him from ever possessing a firearm. For months Pepin had harassed and threatened Constable Gignac and another female police officer on whom he had sexual designs. But another judge allowed Pepin to keep a hunting rifle - on condition that Pepin shoot it only at animals - promise on your Scout's Honour not to shoot humans - it's hard to imagine any human being as deprived of common sense as that judge. The day before he murdered Constable Gignac, a Montreal court convicted Pepin of harassing Constable Gignac's fellow female officer. Another judge let Pepin back out on the street.

James Roszko's history of psychopathic violence goes back 30 years. Roszko obsessed over guns and constantly threatened police officers. Five years ago a psychiatrist described Roszko as a violent psychopath - lock him up and throw the key away he told another judge - the judge freed Roszko. Last March 2, Roszko ambushed and murdered four RCMP constables with an automatic rifle.

In 1995 empire-building bureaucrats lobbied to establish a computerized gun registry - it would cost nothing, the bureaucrats claimed - user fees would pay for it. Even though a registry law had been in existence for over 70 years, the Liberal Government ramroded the registry (the Firearms Act [Bill C-68]). By the time federal technocrats finished with the program it had cost much more than nothing - two billion dollars and another $100 million per year forever. Only 70% of Canada's handguns and 70% of its long guns have been registered. None of the guns involved in the Boxing Day shoot-out or the murder of Constable Gignac or used by Mad-Dog Roszko were registered. In fact not one firearm used in a crime in Canada has been registered.

The Criminal Code of Canada makes some provision for habitual criminals but obviously, in these three cases, the Code was useless. Anyway, this is not a criminal law issue - it is a safety issue - anyone with common sense can see that we don't allow dynamite or anhydrous ammonia to be trucked through city centres; if the Centre St. Bridge in Calgary was about to collapse we wouldn't allow traffic over it - we shoot mad dogs - why do we allow violent psychopaths to roam city streets? Violent psychopaths should be quarantined until they can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that they are not a danger to you and me.

For one hundred years the statute books of Canadian provinces have allowed the courts to protect society from violence of the Boxing Day, Roszko or Gignac kind. Alberta's Mental Health Act gives the police and the courts power to quarantine any person if that person "is in a condition presenting a danger to the person or others." Police seldom use the Mental Health Act because judges almost always release the violent psychopaths the police bring in front of them.

Common sense dictates that the judges who let Roszko, Gignac's killer, and the Boxing Day killer out on the street; judges who refuse to enforce the Mental Health Act; and the bureaucrats who thought up and screwed up the Gun Registry be fired.

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