Morton Report – Firearms and Freedom

February 25th, 2006 at 5:56pm (Canada)

Living in Toronto I am often confronted with the issue of firearms control. Whether it’s in the paper, on the news or the topic of friendly conversation, the escalating crime-rate and the suggestion of a gun-ban is front and centre.

After a series of shootings in Toronto, especially the Boxing Day shooting that saw the life of a fifteen year old girl taken, the call for banning all guns was heard for miles around. It became an issue for Paul Martin on the election trail, garnering the support of Ontario Premiere Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor David Miller.

Is this the right track to be taken? Does the government have the right to intervene in the lives of ordinary, law-abiding citizens and take away their private property? Will a ban on guns actually solve the problem of crime in our cities?

Ted Morton, poli-sci professor at the University of Calgary, wrote a report in 2002 outlining the constitutional right to own guns. Morton’s argument is that bill C-68 is a violation of the constitution.

Government intervention is a crime. It is akin to stealing. Morton’s piece is helpful for Canadians who want to understand their rights as Canadians to retain the things that they value. Not just guns, but individual rights and freedoms that all in a democratic society are entitled to.

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