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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The Montreal Massacre

Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women.On December 6, 1989, in Montreal at √ącole Polytechnique a lone gunman entered the engineering school separated out some young women from their class mates and proceeded to shot them.  He killed 14 before he killed himself.. His motive?.  He hated women.  I leave him nameless as a symbol of his unworthiness at a human being.

The young engineering women students deserve to be remembered today, by name.  Their lives were very precious and accomplished until the day they died.   We can still grieve the loss of their future. We can wonder how wonderful their lives could have been as young women beginning a profession in which women were not well represented.  They were trail blazers and might have gone on in careers of creation within our society.  No doubt they would have gone on to be lovers, wives, mothers, and possibly even grandmothers by now.  Sadly, death prematurely cost them, and us, their future.

As a tribute to these students, Canada created the Long Gun Registry.  Sadly, this year, our Conservative Government eliminated the Registry and will destroy all the records in accumulated.  It may or may not have been a useful registry. I have no way of knowing. I do know all the police organizations supported it's retention and tried to have it saved. Police departments used it to help identify who might own a long gun before they approached someone they considered dangerous.  I would have  preferred it if the government has erred on the side of those who used the Registry.  It is the nature of our Conservative government to make decisions on the basis of ideology rather than factual evaluations. This is just another example of their anti-intellectual approach to decision making..

The Quebec government announced today that they will go ahead and maintain a Long Gun Registry in their province. They are using the courts to help them force the Federal government to turn over to them that part of the Registry that covers that province.  They at least will continue to honour the 24 women massacred that fateful day .  I only wish more provinces had joined them in maintaining a regional Registry after forcing the federal government to give up the data from their province.


At 9:46 p.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

It's hard to believe that decisions like the gun registry barely cause a ripple.

At 7:25 a.m., Blogger possum said...

The Republicans down here south of the border have been whipping up fear for years that "Obama is gonna take your guns!" It is not unusual for our local rednecks to have 20 to 30 guns and cases of ammunition. To me that is scary as most of them are also heavy drinkers.
The NRA pays for millions of dollars in ads for republican candidates each year.

It is heartbearking when the unthinkable happens. Thank you for remembering these women.

At 11:36 a.m., Blogger Owen Gray said...

It's sad that other provinces did not follow Quebec's lead, Philip. The more people refuse to stand up to Mr. Harper's government, the more it assumes it has the right to do as it pleases.

At 8:25 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I constantly learn when I read your blog, Philip. Those poor helpless women ... thank you for remembering them.
Recently I was in a book store and a nice appearing man was next to me. He seemed to be having a hard time choosing a book and I casually suggested one. He looked aghast and said "Oh I couldn't read that. I never read anything written by a woman." !!!

At 6:52 a.m., Blogger troutbirder said...

And these days too shal pass... methinks remindfull of the Bush II years. Sad now as it is....
Some years ago on one of our vacation trips to the Maritimes I remember the story of the great Halifax explosion. And Bud Grant was a local Minnesota here as a great Univ of Minn. athlete, Blue Bomber coach and then Viking coach...:)

At 10:01 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I just have to comment a 2nd time, Philip ... since it is Saturday, the day after the massacre at the Elementary School in Connecticut. THIS MUST STOP. There must be some way that we can combat the NRA. The power of that organization is mind boggling.


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