Essay on The Issue Of Stricter Gun Control

1267 Words May 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Since Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party rose to power, they have been proposing stricter gun control, such as repealing changes made by Bill C-42 that allow restricted and prohibited weapons to be freely transported without a permit, requiring enhanced background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a handgun or other restricted firearm, requiring firearms vendors to keep records of all firearms inventory and sales to assist police in investigating firearms trafficking and other gun crimes and so on. They believe stricter gun control can “get handguns and assault weapons off our streets” (Liberal, n.d.). Guns are indeed dangerous as they pose a great threat to community; innocent bystanders can be killed or injuired by stary bullets. Gun control are definitely needed to control firearm usage. However, stricter gun laws can be ineffective because they can involve in gross disproportionality, they lack the necessity and they have flaws that can not be ammended.
Firstly, our government establishes legislative actions to defend its interests. A certain degree of gun control is needed to deter firearm-related offences. However, when “State actions or legislative responses to a problem that are so extreme as to be disproportionate to any legitimate government interest” (Canada (Attorney General) v. P.H.S. Community Services Society,2011) , gross disproportionality occurs.
The case R v. Smickle displayed gross disproportionality at it finest. On March 9,…

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