- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

The influential Toronto Sun has railed against the huge financial quagmire that has engulfed Canada's national gun registry program.
In its Dec. 9 editions, in an editorial titled, "Resign, Resign, Resign," the Sun said the cost overrun of mandatory, federal gun registration now stands at 43,000 percent. That's 43,000 percent, not 4,000, or 400 or 40 percent.
"The [cost] overrun of the federal gun registry has become the talk of the nation. And rightly so, as Auditor General Sheila Fraser's dissection of the billion-dollar boondoggle has forced Canadians to sit up and take notice of just how utterly incompetent our federal government has become," began the editorial.
"Interestingly, the heat on the Liberals is coming from some unlikely sources, including some serious criticism from its own backbenches.
"After all, it's one thing for opposition members to call for Allan Rock and Anne McLellan to resign the current industry and health ministers being the people who oversaw most of the development of the gun registry. That's expected.
"What is pleasantly surprising is that even some Liberal backbenchers are saying Rock or McLellan or both should quit cabinet. We agree.
"But why stop there? The current justice minister, Martin Cauchon, is just as compromised as his predecessors, as he has followed the same Liberal line in Parliament that the system works well and enhances public safety.
"As recently as October he told Parliament that: 'At this point in time it goes very well with the registration system.' We hate to see what would happen if things weren't going so well. Maybe it would have cost $2billion instead.
"Now that the registry has been exposed as a farce, the excuses are being trotted out.
"Rock's backers went so far as to blame the continuing controversy on leadership politics, claiming that a group of Paul Martin supporters have always been against the gun registry.
"This borders on the absurd considering Martin as the finance minister during almost all of the gun registry's existence did nothing to stop the registry from running up the bills. Ministers are supposed to be responsible for what goes on in their departments. Either Rock, McLellan and Cauchon were willing participants in hiding the true costs of the registry from Parliament, or they were unwilling dupes who were fed bad information by bureaucrats.
"They should all be hauled before a public inquiry to testify.
"Better yet, they should resign, resign, resign."
Let us pray that those in the United States who are planning a Canada-style national gun registry that threatens otherwise law-abiding gun owners with heavy fines and prison terms if they don't own up are quickly exposed for what it is: a sad attempt by an Orwellian government to exercise ever-increasing control over its citizens.
When will gun registration and/or gun abolition proponents realize that criminals don't really give a hang which laws are passed concerning the ownership of guns? Only decent citizens will obey gun control laws. And how will that help lower crime?
Hite takes Bass Angler of the Year title Yes, that was veteran Missouri bass pro Denny Brauer who won the latest Bass Anglers Sportsman Society tour event, the Alabama Bassmaster tournament on the huge Lake Eufaula. But South Carolina's Davy Hite was the big winner of the day. His third-place finish at the Eufaula contest racked up enough points to earn him his second Bass Angler of the Year title.
Hite maintained a commanding lead in the points race throughout the 2001-2002 season, but heading into the final tournament at Eufaula four previous Anglers of the Year were within 25 points of stealing the title. However, his third-place spot on the leader board was good enough to clinch it, not to mention the fact that be might have won had his total catch been four ounces heavier.
You can revisit this final stop on the 2002 Bassmaster Trail tomorrow at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and again on Friday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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