Posted: September 19, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Christopher di Armani
On Dec. 6, 1989, a lunatic took a rifle into a Montreal school and brutally murdered 14 young women and wounded an additional 13.
With the battle cry of "Never Again!" the government-of-the-day introduced Bill C-68, Canada's Firearms Act, and passed it into law in 1995.
On Sept. 13, 2006, another lunatic took another rifle into another Montreal school, brutally murdered one young woman and wounded another 20 people.
Bill C-68 (the Firearms Act) could not stop Kimveer Gill on Sept. 13, 2006, anymore than it could have stopped Gamil Gharbi (aka Marc Lepine) on Dec. 6, 1989.
Both Gharbi and Gill were vetted by the authorities of the day. Both were cleared by the government and "given permission" to purchase their firearms.
Neither the Firearms Acquisition Certificate questions asked of Gharbi nor the Possession and Acquisition License questions asked of Gill tipped off those guarding our public safety that these young men were deranged and dangerous.
Those who continually cry for more "gun control" refuse to learn the fundamental truth these heinous crimes teach those of us with the ears to hear:
Society cannot legislate sanity.
There is nothing government can do to stop someone from going crazy and going on a murderous rampage.
All we can do is stop them once they've already gone mad and started killing.
Who do we call when this happens?
Someone with the means and ability to stop the killer ... someone with a gun.
In Canada it is "unthinkable" that we citizens are capable of defending ourselves when a madman starts shooting.
Instead, panicked and terrified, we frantically dial 9-1-1 and pray to God we aren't dead by the time "someone with a gun" arrives to save us.
It would be so much simpler to cut out the middleman and the high death toll, don't you think?
What if the first student confronted by Gamil Gharbi and his rifle that awful December day, instead of cowering and dying, had pulled a concealed-carry handgun from her purse and shot him dead?
Even if her actions were not in time to save her own life, 13 other young women would be alive today, celebrating her training and foresight each Dec. 6.
Instead, every year we allow the "grief industry" to tell us over and over how powerless we are. We allow the "victim culture" to grow. We allow ourselves to believe the lie that we cannot defend ourselves.
What if one of the first young men confronted by Kimveer Gill had pulled his own concealed-carry pistol and shot Gill dead?
Instead of mourning the death Anastasia De Souza and facing his own impotence, he could instead stand tall, knowing his training and foresight saved Anastasia's life.
When will Canadians comprehend the simple truth Israel learned back in the '70s when Muslim terrorists were murdering Israeli children in their schools: Gun-Free Zones only protect the killers – not their intended victims. Once Israel armed their teachers, attacks on schools stopped. Immediately.
One day we must face the truth: Licensing and registration of firearms does not work.
On that day we must look for real-world solutions to this problem, instead of the politically expedient knee-jerk reactions that keep killing our young people.
After all, the goal is to save lives, isn't it?
Christopher di Armani is a freelance writer based in Lytton, British Columbia. He can be contacted by e-mail or visited on the web at diArmani.com.
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