Seems we plebes are going to have to learn the hard way, again. Throughout history, it has been only the ‘free men’ (gentry, nobles) – the ruling class or their minions – that have been permitted to carry weapons. Serfs were disarmed, and prohibited from carrying a sword. The reasons should be clear, despite public relations stunts of this kind. Disarmament of the population is a necessary incremental step on the road to tyranny. The historical precedents are legion(s), whether the front-line service personnel know it or not: The Samurai. The English Gentry. The Redcoats. The Nazis. The Romans. Take your pick.
December 16, 2008
Police swap for cameras hailed for ‘huge’ turnout
Shootings in the city are likely to go way up in the wake of a gun amnesty program just completed by the Toronto police.
Luckily, the shots will be of the safe, photographic variety, after the Pixels for Pistols program traded digital cameras for roughly 1,900 guns and 60,000 bullets.
The final tally for the program, which wrapped up two weeks ago, points to a resounding success.
“It’s huge,” Sgt. Chris Boddy, head of the program, said yesterday. “Last amnesty (in 2005) we only got 250 firearms and less than 20,000 rounds of ammunition.”
The only comparable haul was in 2000, when owners faced either complying with gun registry, surrendering their arms or risking hefty fines by keeping them. That year, police collected 1,700 guns.
Like a fishing lure for hungry trout, the digital clickers worked like a charm to draw out cached arms, officials said yesterday.
One man alone handed in 20 handguns from the steel-fortified gun room in his Toronto home.
The middle-aged collector, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described yesterday how the amnesty program inspired him to gather an armful of choices from his 60-gun collection and lay them out for evaluation.
“I’ll never fire this one,” he’d said to himself, moving from firearm to firearm. “I don’t know anyone who would want this one.”
All were legally registered and acquired over a lifetime as “strays” needing a safe home or from downsizing collectors, with one or two saved from his childhood.
Many of the guns in front of him, he realized, weren’t worth keeping. “They were not fun to shoot. They didn’t have a lot of value. (But) as much as they were useless, I’d like to get something for them.”
Thus, his swap of unwanted guns for 20 digital cameras and lessons from the Henry’s chain.
Sidney Finkelstein, 75, handed in four rifles he kept padlocked, bought when his kids were young so he could teach them to shoot.
The thought of some thug stealing his arsenal made him lament for a time when that was unheard of, when youths and police waved hello to each other at crosswalks. “It’s not like that any more,” he said.
Henry’s has started to mail out camera vouchers to owners, after police cleared the cashiered weapons of any links to criminal activity.
Marketing chief Max Payne says the chain is “thrilled” by the keen response to the program. “Our expectations have been blown away.”
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