Proving yet again that other nations are much, much smarter than ours, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau just announced that the country would ban assault-style weapons immediately in the wake of a mass shooting that took the lives of 22 people. The law will apply to roughly “1,500 makes and models of ‘military-grade’ assault weapons.”
More to the point: He said this was a necessary move because “Canadians deserve more than thoughts and prayers.”
… Last week, 22 Canadians were killed in the deadliest rampage in our country’s history. They were nurses and teachers, correctional officers and RCMP officers. They were someone’s child, someone’s best friend, someone’s partner.
Their families deserve more than thoughts and prayers. Canadians deserve more than thoughts and prayers.
He then talked about how things would change moving forward, since this would involve cabinet-approved regulation changes, not new legislation.
“You do not need an AR-15 to take down a deer,” Trudeau said. “So, effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade, assault weapons in this country.”
Trudeau said the weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time.
“There is no use — and no place — for such weapons in Canada,” he said.
Of course he’s right about that. Even though the shooter’s weapons were illegally obtained — and he would have had them even if this law was in place earlier — this move will make it that much harder for potential murderers to acquire weapons in the future. It’s inserting major obstacles in a place where there should be obstacles.
A lot of conservative Christians and their Republicans allies in the U.S. trot out the old “thoughts and prayers” line anytime there’s a mass shooting here, but their rhetoric has gone stale after using it time and time again. People recognize it’s an attempt to shut down conversation, not show genuine sympathy with victims. The politicians who say that line never follow up with meaningful actions. Their base rarely pushes for sensible gun safety measures.
And yet Christians often say thoughts and prayers are meaningless without those actions.
So here you go. Here’s action. Thank goodness Canada, as a whole, isn’t infected with the same level of Christian nonsense to the point where solving a serious problem becomes impossible. If only the U.S. could learn a lesson from our neighbors to the north.