Saturday, November 21, 2009

Small steps

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"It looks like the Liberals are caught in that old classic pincer movement," said Bricker, "where they're now not just losing their centrist and slightly right-wing voters, they're also starting to lose their left-wing voters . . . to the NDP."
Partly why I have been advocating Liberals support the gun registry. If C-391 makes it to third reading, and Liberals whip the vote, then NDP and Conservatives will be the ones to defeat the registry. A clear statement would be made to voters who support it. Note that some NDP faithful are ticked.

The polls are not prohibitive here, EKOS on Thursday actually showed a majority in favour of gun control. There's support for the principle.
The EKOS poll suggests supporters of the gun registry are more likely to be university-educated, Liberal or BQ supporters, or living in Quebec.
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Fifty-four per cent of people surveyed agreed with the statement that “with the exception of law enforcement, gun ownership should be outlawed completely."

Forty-six per cent of those polled agreed with the statement that “all Canadian citizens should have a legal right to bear arms.”
There's your base and there's your principled justification.

Whether this issue is still on the table or whether a decision has been made to just let it go, that's another question.