On Monday, the far-left (but credible) Toronto Mayoral Candidate, Olivia Chow, called for a handgun ban. Never mind that the only people targeted by such a law have nothing whatsoever to do with Chow’s tragic examples, or the people who actually killed them, or the people who will go on to create other murder victims. Never mind that and pay attention to what happened next:
The other two leading candidates, John Tory and Rob Ford, but came out against the ban.
Think about this: in Toronto, the stronghold of the Liberal Party of Canada – even there – a handgun ban is controversial.
Who do we have to thank for that? Canada’s gun rights activists, that’s who. Think about how far they have moved this issue, and with what little resources.
In 1989 when the Progressive Conservative Justice Minister, Doug Lewis, first proposed a handgun ban, Canadian gun owners were disorganized and friendless. We had no money, no power, no media allies, no influence, and no friends in politics. Indeed, the one political party that should have been our natural ally – the Progressive Conservative Party – was our prime enemy.
Look at where we are today: we have political allies at all levels of government; we have important – and outspoken - friends in the media, and have won significant political battles. How did we accomplish this, with next to no resources?
We did two things right: we engaged in vigorous debate, where we unapologetically conceded no ground; and we were persistent. Through thick and thin, we stood our ground. By following these two principles, we were able to move mountain towards us. As a result, we are at the point where, even in the Great Satan of Canadian politics – Toronto, our opinion is respected.