LILLEY: Trudeau offers false hope and empty promises on gun violence

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Jonathan Davis should have been in school Monday morning, instead the 17-year-old was being mourned by his family.

Davis was an innocent bystander in a shooting police say was related to an attack motivated by a rap video.

Yes, you read that correctly: A young man is dead and five others were injured because of gangster thugs shooting each other and innocent bystanders over a rap video.

This shooting and another brazen daylight shooting near Calgary on Monday evening pushed the issue of gun control straight on to the agenda of the ongoing federal election.

Jonathan Davis, 17

“We moved forward, we did not wait for this election campaign. We moved forward concretely on strengthening gun control measures over the past four years,” Trudeau said at a campaign stop in St. John’s.

“I encourage all other parties, including the Conservatives, to begin to take gun control and the safety of our communities seriously.”

If only Trudeau was serious about making communities safer.

The Liberals love to point to Bill C-71, which became law at the end of June just as Parliament rose for the summer.

Yes, it took the Liberals their full mandate to pass their lone gun control measure. What it did was create paperwork for law-abiding gun owners, while failing to deal with the real problem of gangsters with illegal guns.

One of the measures that the Liberals like to brag about bringing in to make communities safer is reversing a Harper government decision on transporting guns.

For years, licenced gun owners were required to contact the police and get an additional permit to take certain guns from their homes to the range. The Harper government said that if someone was licenced, they didn’t need to do this additional step.

Trudeau has reversed that and soon gun owners will need to be calling the police to get that extra permit again. This is how the Liberals say they are keeping communities safer.

Ask yourself the obvious question: Do you think the people that shot and killed Davis would’ve called police to get permission for their illegal guns so they could go and attack rivals and kill innocent bystanders?

The answer is obviously no.

Yet, that is what Bill C-71 was all about, adding paperwork to the lives of police and the already-licenced gun owner but not doing anything to tackle illegally-smuggled guns or dealing with the criminals using them.

Now the Liberals are floating the idea of some kind of gun ban.

Appearing on CBC Radio, Liberal cabinet minister Bill Blair pledged to consider restrictions on “where a firearm can be possessed or stored within a municipality.”

Again, we have to ask the obvious question: Would a ban on where you can use a handgun in a city stop the gangsters who are responsible for the type of crime we are looking to curb?

Taking a handgun and shooting up a parking lot is already illegal, so adding another ban wouldn’t change anything. Actually shooting a handgun anywhere other an approved shooting range is already illegal.

Would people willing to use an illegal handgun, who are willing to shoot indiscriminately in a residential neighbourhood, really pay attention to a ban on their already illegal gun?

No.

We have a serious problem, but unfortunately Trudeau isn’t offering serious solutions.

Focus on the border, target the criminals and deal with the issue of crime, not adding more paperwork for law-abiding gun owners.

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