Toronto Mayor David Miller has a problem. It’s the United States.

In a newspaper interview earlier this week, Miller complained his city is filling up with armed gangs who use violence to stake out turf. What’s more, he says that’s America’s fault – we have too many guns, you see, and some of them are making their way up north.

“The system you have in place in the U.S. is causing violence to be exported to my city,” Miller whined.

I see. And Canada’s hate-hate relationship with guns has nothing to do with it, eh Mr. Miller? Whatever.

Toronto Police Chief William Blair has another, more realistic take on the problem. He says gang activity is proliferating primarily because the city is soft on crime (Canadians soft on crime? No-o-o-o …), and because too many people arrested with weapons are back on the streets before the ink dries on their police report. That sounds more like it.

Either way, the good mayor’s use of the United States as a scapegoat for failed Canadian public policy is certainly nothing new, but such complaints are getting tiresome. In truth, Canada’s Josef Schtalin-like gun law restrictions are feeding the surge in violent, armed criminal action.

Cases in point: When Western governments are mislead by a handful of silly socialists into believing that fewer guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens leads to enhanced public safety, they have all paid the price – in blood.

For instance, as I wrote in an October 2003 column, British authorities saw a 35-percent increase in gun violence in 2002 alone – not so ironically, that’s just six years’ removed from a nationwide ban on personal ownership of most firearms. So bad is the violence now that police say it has “spread like a cancer” across the whole of the country.

And in March 2000, WND reported that, since Australia banned private ownership of most guns in 1996, crime has risen dramatically on that continent – armed robberies by as much as 45 percent.

Couple these examples with the fact that a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released two years ago found “inconclusive evidence” gun-control laws, which include entire bans of certain classes of weapons, have any appreciable effect on gun-related violence.

In the People’s Republic of Canada, however, these hard lessons have yet to be assimilated.

Our neighbors to the north restrict firearms ownership. The law requires every gun to be registered (a Nazi-like tactic that has never proven effective against crime – but it sure seems to make the little Napoleons in Ottawa sleep better at night). Further, Canadians who dare to own a handgun 1) must get permission to do so by 2) demonstrating a “good reason” for wanting one. No word on whether “fear of dying whilst unarmed and helpless before an armed criminal thug” qualifies as a “good reason.”

Yet even these restrictions aren’t enough for some of Canada’s public-policy brainiacs. Prime Minister Paul Martin says he would like to ban all handguns, period, thereby leaving his fellow citizens even more vulnerable than they are already. What a guy.

To Mayor Miller, I say Canada’s “no self-defense allowed” policy is demonstrably unsound, impractical and not conducive to public safety. But that’s not America’s fault.

Only dead Canadian crime victims seem to know that, however – and they aren’t talking.

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