This morning I decided I would do a little letter writing. It’s just the start but an email to the MP for my riding seemed the obvious choice. I’ve taken a few liberties for dramatic effect, but I s’pose grandstanding is a two-way street, no?
To: Yasmin Ratansi (Ratansi.Y@parl.gc.ca)
Date: November 9, 2005
I have been a supporter of the Liberal party for years, Don Valley East has been a Liberal riding for quite some time, and I feel you have served us well. I was more than willing to support you again in the upcoming election, that is until yesterday when I heard the Prime Ministers announcement regarding the banning of handguns in Canada.
I am a shooting enthusiast, and while I supported the gun registry this step has clearly gone too far. I’m afraid the gun ban seems to do little to address the concerns we Torontonians have about escalating crime in our city, and instead it penalizes law abiding gun owners diverting resources that might better be spent in the pursuit of criminals.
I’m afraid that I am being forced to reassess my vote in the upcoming election, as much as it pains me I do not feel that I can, in good conscience, support the Liberals with this issue unresolved.
And just because the address is easy to find, a quick letter to the prime minister.
To: Paul Martin (Martin.P@parl.gc.ca)
Date: November 9, 2005
Dear Prime Minister Martin,
I know the chances of you actually reading this missive are slight, but I hope that it will find its way across your desk and that you will take a moment to read it.
I am a quiet Canadian sir, I go to work each day to support my wife and child, I pay my taxes, I vote Liberal when it is time for me to offer my meagre participation in our electoral system. I have no soapbox sir, I am usually content to sit on the sidelines and leave the process of government to the government.
Your recent announcement regarding a handgun ban, however, has shattered my support for the Liberal party. A party that, until recently, I viewed as a reliable voice among the din of rhetoric and hyperbole.
I am a gun owner you see, and while I supported the firearms registry, despite it’s massive cost overruns, I cannot support further measures that penalize law abiding citizens. Diverting resources that would be better spent investigating and prosecuting those behind the escalating violence our country has stood witness to.
I have been made to feel victimized despite committing no crime. I have been made to feel unclean despite my strict adherence to the regulations that have been forced upon me. I feel I am being told that I am worse than the criminals walking our streets, and certainly no more trustworthy.
Mr. Prime Minister I implore you to rethink this course of action, so that quiet Canadians like myself will not be forced to support another party when it comes time to cast our ballot.
[Hard copies to be mailed out shortly]
C’mon Cannuck gun owners, sound off. What are YOU doing to fight this? What should WE be doing to fight this?