A great op-ed piece in today’s The Gazette: Guns, gun culture, and madness in the United States, by Peter Blaikie. It is interesting in many ways, not the least of which is as an illustrator of the difference in the left-right continuum regarding politics in Canada and the United States. The piece is written by a man, a Rhodes scholar in fact, who once sought the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Often referred to as an oxymoron, that party has now undergone several name changes and moved further to the right.
In his article Blaikie, states:
How have the mighty fallen. For some time now it has been a common belief that, in a great many ways, the United States is a dysfunctional country. But in one area — in its attitude toward guns and gun culture — a large part of America can only be described as deranged.
He spends time debunking gun-related myths then points out the root of the problem.
The real problem lies with cowardly politicians.
Given the existence of the Second Amendment, banning private ownership of all guns — as has largely been done in Britain, Japan and many European countries — would be, however desirable, impossible. What, then, can be done?
First, at every opportunity, the absurdities written and spoken by the NRA and its “no-gun-control” acolytes and supporters must be challenged and exposed as fatuous claptrap.
He suggests taking a page from the Tea Party book.
It should be made clear to them, and to every politician who opposes gun control, that they will be challenged at every turn, including at party primaries. Franklin Roosevelt’s ringing words, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” must be used against the gun lobby.
It makes for a great read, and brings into focus the differences above and below the 49th parallel when conservatives talk about guns.