Too Many Guns? Or Not Enough Americans?
Martin to press Rice to help stop U.S gun smuggling (National Post)
Prime Minister Paul Martin says the Americans have an obligation to help stop the smuggling of guns into Canada.
Martin made the comment Monday as his government prepares a series of gun-control initiatives aimed at curbing a wave of violence in Toronto. Those measures, which sources say could include suing U.S. weapons manufacturers, will be announced next month. But the prime minister used a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to press the issue immediately.
He said the Americans expect Ottawa to help keep their borders secure and Canada expects the same in return.
“The Americans ask us to do things in terms of the border; I think there’s an obligation on their side to work with us to prevent gun-smuggling into Canada,” Martin told a news conference.
The prime minister said up to half the gun crimes in Canada involve weapons smuggled from the United States.
Spokespersons in the Prime Minister’s office refused to confirm that Paul Martin plans to meet next with Jamaican officials about working with the Federal and Ontario governments to staunch the flow of trigger-pullers into Canada.
It seems to me that the Liberals are going about this all backwards. With clear evidence that crime rates in the United States are inversely proportional to the rate of gun ownership, the solution to the problem of “gun crime” in Canada is obvious – smuggle in more Americans!