Posted by FredB (18.104.22.168) on September 14, 2008 at 15:06:14:
In Reply to: Re: Response to Government Handgun Ban Rhetoric posted by Paul on September 13, 2008 at 07:00:50:
: My point is that governments make decisions based on the impact that the outcome will have on the majority. The key word here is MAJORITY. At a time when gun related killings in the Toronto area are getting out of hand, there is pressure to solve a percieved problem with gun control. Their solution was to reduce the use of guns comprehensively.
If you lived in a true democracy, the above statement would be correct. However you live in a representative democracy where the ONLY majority decisions made by voters are about candidates, not specific issues. Very few voters vote for or against a candidate based on a single issue, such as firearm restrictions. Therefore, each candidate and party chooses to appeal to voters with multiple positions on multiple issues.
In the real world, these political positions are determined primarily by pressure, not by principle. The candidate or party that feels more pressure from one direction than another on a certain issue, will tend to lean that way. And pressure is rarely exerted by the "majority" but rather by pressure groups, such as large corporations, unions, or DETERMINED GROUPS OF CITIZENS, i.e. MINORITIES.
It very rarely happens that target shooters have even an opportunity to exert pressure on behalf of their sport. If, faced with the opportunity that Patrick has laid out for you, you do not all choose to take advantage of it, then you will sadly deserve the dismal consequences, and your sport will suffer. As Paul pointed out above, politicians deal with PERCEIVED problems (and not necessarily real ones). Give your politicians a BIG problem to perceive!
resident of California, USA, where firearm restrictions are nearly as bad as in Canada, and there are constant pressures from a determined MINORITY to increase them.
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