If they truly wanted to fight crime, they would.
We could start by making it illegal to shoot people.If you make something more expensive, you get less of it. Drive the cost down, you get more of it. The cost of crime in Canada is fairly low, given that Canadians are kept from defending themselves - being denied effective means of defense is the same as denying defense - and the criminals are not punished even when caught. The result is a crime problem.
What the heck - since I'm being silly today, let's make it illegal to injure people in general.
A bold and edgy proposal, I know. But, when the penalty for killing or maiming another human being with malice and forethought can be as low as a period of house arrest, when repeat violent offenders are recycled into society with the frequency of beer bottles, when "youth" offenders who confess to hundreds of property crimes serve not so much as an hour in punitive custody - the kind of human trash that commits murder in the name of gang colours and territory, that includes "deadly force" in his list of weekend entertainment choices, isn't likely to give pause because his weapon of preference isn't stamped with the justice minister's seal of approval.
So what's a politician to do? Blame the US and blame guns. (That's much easier than fighting crime.)
Chicago dropped its murder rate 25% without one new bit of gun-control legislation. (Though Richie Daley - with his detail of 30 armed officers who protect his family 24 hours a day - will tell you that guns aren't needed for the common man - just the bosses need guns.) Crime in the US is at 30 or 40 year lows, while gun ownership is at all time highs. But the Canadian liberals still believe that guns cause crime. [Thanks to Small Dead Animals]