BTC: Imaginary government (II)


Remember that time the Public Safety Minister spoke out about non-existent suggestions of a knife registry? A reliable and generous source has provided a transcript of the July 31 scrum exchange. We reprint it here for the sake of posterity. 

Reporter: What sort of rules are in place for buying these type of weapons, these large hunting knives, a Rambo knife some people have described it as, are there any rules or regulations in place for preventing certain people from buying this kind of weapon?

Stockwell Day: Certainly as we know if we’re looking at air travel, there are rules in terms of what you can bring onto an airplane. As I’ve said it’s an extremely rare case, as horrific as it is. Generally there’s little prohibition when it comes to knives. I understand there’s been some suggestion about some, there’s even been some talk on Parliament Hill about some kind of a registry. I just have to say that we have legal
provisions in place now for dealing with crimes, certainly crimes of assault, and I wouldn’t want to even open a discussion on how you would possibly register probably the millions of knives that are being sold for kitchen purposes alone throughout the year, let alone hunting purposes, and others. But we want to make sure the full force of the law applies, that the person is apprehended and dealt with.


BTC: Imaginary government (II)

  1. yawn.

    Saying ‘”some” have suggested’ or ‘”some” critics argue’ when you’re either making it up or it’s really *you* saying it is something politicians AND members of the media do all that time…

  2. gotta give the old boy some credit. that one’s pretty smooth.

  3. It’s possible that someone said to another, somewhere in Ottawa, when they heard about the murder, that there should be some sort of governmental oversight about large specifically-for-fighting knives, or something, not knowing that the guy used (I think) a butcher knife or something like that.

    I can’t really fault Stock for mentioning the possibility in the face of that question. It’s a little odd, but I don’t think anyone ran out afterward and castigated any opposition MPs about knife registry plans. It seems a bit sad to assume that he was trying to score points at the time — it was pretty short notice, lots of questions, you know, actual news; I think he handled it fairly well, even if this particular answers came out a bit oddly.

    If it happens again, that’s something else.

  4. Day said: “…there’s even been some talk on Parliament Hill about some kind of a registry.”

    So, the fact is he lied to score a cheap political point, taking advantage of a sad, tragic situation (somewhat akin to the tasteless ad created by PETA).

    Of course, the media oversensationalized this case in Canada and around the world, so they aren’t without guilt. After all, “if it bleeds, it leads”.

  5. “I don’t think anyone ran out afterward and castigated any opposition MPs about knife registry plans…”

    One would hope nobody would be that gullible. But unfortunately…

  6. Holy crap, you’re right, Jurist! And you saw this coming, Aaron! Here’s what “columnist” Kerry Thompson (for lack of a better word) thinks:

    “As for any suggestion of a knife registry, it seems some of the people we send to Parliament Hill just proved they’re not the sharpest knives in the drawer.”

    Open mouth, insert foot. Jesus, what an amateur!

  7. If it weren’t for the rags Day wouldn’t have bothered.

  8. nice catch Jurist! and Kerry Thompson? If you are reading this? “Some of the people”? They think you are an idiot.

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