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Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar NewDealer says:

    How popular are these gun laws with Canadians though? My Canadian friends are largely NDP types and seem to support very strong gun laws including the ones you go against here.

    Posts like this always underly the tension in democratic government between popularity and good policy/liberty.

    For the sake of hypothetical, suppose you are right and these policies and laws are as horrible as you describe but are also extremely popular with your fellow Canadians. Which should trump in a majoritarian-democracy: good policy or something that is the popular will? When does the popular will of a majority have a right to trump against what might be a better policy?Report

    • First, to be clear, “Suppose you are right” is not the correct formulation, as this is an opposite day post, I don’t actually hold this position. Now, to your questions:

      There’s a big split on gun laws, and a lot of it is the red state vs. blue state (to use an American phrasing) sort of thing, as well as an urban vs rural divide. I would say that gun control is generally pretty popular, with most people disagreeing at the margins of the issue, rather than the core.

      That being said, there appears to be a growing movement of gun-right activists (essentially calling for our own second amendment, even using its wording) who are trying to change things.

      To your last question, personally, I think elected officials have to consider both the will of their constituents as well as what is good for the nation/province/citizens/whatever. Part of the reason, I would argue, that we elect these representatives is to have people who can focus completely on policy issues, and we need to trust them–to a certain extent–to use their best judgement even if it means making unpopular decisions.

      But it really is a balancing act.Report

  2. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    Actually, those laws seem very similar to US gun laws. There are lots of ‘gotcha’ laws that were sold with the intent to trip up criminals & gangsters, but that are more often than not applied harshly to people who are, for all intents & purposes, harmless.Report

  3. Avatar Raymon says:

    I used to be abl? to find good ifo from your art?cles.Report

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