When the gun lobby backfires
Stephen Harper must have some sympathy with those NDP MPs who are now switching their vote on the gun registry, largely because they don't like the heavy-handed tactics being used against them.
Once upon a time, way back in the 1990s, a young Reform MP called Stephen Harper actually voted in favour of the gun registry too, mainly because the pro-gun folks disturbed him. Janice Tibbets has reminded us of this again today in a Postmedia report -- and here's a blog entry I did a year ago on the same subject. It contains a link to an old Southam story, by Joan Bryden, referring to the threats that Harper had received from gun-lobby folks.
I remember chatting to Harper after his town-hall session in Calgary. He told me that after he left the meeting, he told his wife in the car that he didn't like the mix of anger and guns -- seemed a little dangerous. He especially didn't like the idea of gun owners vowing to defy the law. Hair-trigger tempers, contempt for the law -- these aren't great conditions for gun ownership, he said.
Today, of course, Harper is in favour of scrapping the gun registry. But it's still true that the gun lobby is its own worst enemy. CBC's report last night, on the involvement of the U.S. National Rifle Association, pretty much makes that same point.