Like the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was for the gun control movement in the United States, the long gun registry might turn out to be a bridge too far for the Canadian gun control movement:
â€œThe vote against the registry was a historic day, no two ways about it,â€ says National Firearms Association spokesman Blair Hagen. â€œBut weâ€™re still opposed to a licensing system that makes paper criminals out of peaceful ï¬rearms owners.â€ The NFAâ€™s ongoing complaints with guns laws range from â€œpossession-onlyâ€ certiï¬cation introduced in 1998â€”which forced all gun owners to acquire a licence, when previously you just needed a licence to purchase a gunâ€”to still-standing provisions in C-68 for warrantless searches of homes by ï¬rearms inspectors. â€œWeâ€™re not so much celebrating the defeat of part of a particularly hated law, as we are coming to the realization that reform is possible,â€ says Hagen.
Read the whole thing. This is what has energized our movement as well; the realization that we could not only stop them, we could push them back to the point of near destruction. But we kept pushing, kept talking to gun owners, and kept waking them up to what was happening, and what our opponents end game was. A big source of our success, I think, is getting more women involved in shooting. Canadian shooters would do well to emulate that. Women are, surprisingly, much easier to radicalize on the issue of gun rights then men are. I don’t know what that is, but it is.