Nothing is Really a Crime

I feel that nothing is really a crime in Canada (North America, most of the world).

Murder… how many people do you have to kill before the police/ government really stop you from killing more? Even then, how long before you are able to continue on murdering people again. In between (if you don’t get away with it on technicalities, etc.) you can still enjoy life. Three meals a day, feel the sunshine on your face, all those things dead people can’t do.

Sexual misconduct with animals or children or adults, the same story as murder. It might make the newspapers, you might become famous. Your life isn’t over. Sex offenders don’t really take any of it seriously, they don’t stop.  No one really tries to stop them. Only temporarily. More effort is put into marketing them, making them celebrities, not criminals.

People who suffer from the actions of murderers and sexual deviants are left to recover, maybe, eventually.  Deal with your loss and know you and everyone else are unprotected by your government or police for the next situation. Sadly, these feelings can lead to victims becoming perpetrators of violence.

Theft certainly isn’t a crime any longer. Police are not even called in most instances. Stealing is not important enough for the police/ government to feel they need to be involved, or put in much effort. Thieves are far more likely to suffer no consequences at all. Businesses just pay more for insurance if they try to recover their losses.

Anything else? Lesser actions against your fellow individuals are fairly unmentionable. Although it is worth noting that some actions (speaking against popular opinions) are treated as worse than murder by our society and then (sometimes) get more attention from the government/ police/ lawyers.

As a person living in Canada, in this day and age, nothing seems to really be a crime any longer. The government is not preventing crimes, just pushing them to the side, letting them happen, or temporarily stopping them. Crimes are allowed to continue being performed by the same individual for their entire lifetime.

Criminals (f we pretend the title fits) have nothing to fear from us. We, however, have a great deal to fear. Even the criminals must fear each other to some extent though. Only the biggest, scariest, craziest of them could really feel safe or not vulnerable and even then… there are guns readily available. Guns which can be used from a distance, anonymously. Anyone can get and use a gun. The government won’t stop you. No wonder they have become something of a problem in some places. But, owning a gun does not make anyone safe.

We would be safer if criminals were acknowledged as criminals, and dealt with, permanently and deliberately. But, that hasn’t really happened since the 1970’s (I think that was when the death penalty was eliminated).  Without a permanent, reliable method to deal with crimes, why think of them as crimes and criminals? If the government does nothing to stop crimes and criminals why do we still think of them as crimes or criminals?

Is that unfair, judgemental? If our society allows people to continue murdering, violating, molesting, stealing, etc. why do we think of the people involved in these things as bad, or wrong? Are we not allowing them to continue their actions? Are we not even encouraging it with publicity, marketing and caring/ providing for them?

Odd that we euthanize animals for just existing, being aggressive, being too plentiful, surviving or defending themselves. Are animals criminals? That’s something to consider.

Gun Training in Canadian Schools?

As a Canadian the customs of the United States sometimes seem to lack perspective. As if everything is slightly skewed in the wrong direction and values are more for money and fame than life and living. Guns are a big deal in Canada, but for most Canadians it is about not having them or using them. Gun control in Canada is fairly welcome while in the US it is still a big issue.

It isn’t that Canadians don’t hunt or protect themselves. However, I have lived in Canada all but a couple of years of my life and have only ever held and then fired a gun once and that was during time spent in the US, not in Canada at all. I have seen the odd gun (outside of TV shows/ movies). I never thought to take a look at any of them. It was only in the US where I was invited to fire a gun and that was not while hunting for anything but during a holiday where guns were fired randomly, for entertainment.
gun training and control
This was posted to Facebook and though it was meant for the US people, it did not specify them solely, so I answered it. Usually I would read it and think of a reply but not post it. I leave the US people to their own thing, especially when it comes to something about guns and other issues which are so different in Canada versus the US. It is better to disagree in silence. Today I left a post, maybe it will give them another angle to think about. Likely not. But, this time I posted anyway.

I went to elementary school in the 1970s. We never had any kind of weapon training or safety training for weapons, not in high school, college or university either. The only time in my life I have ever touched a gun (other than a water pistol) was when I lived in the United States.

For Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

From the Canadian Legion site:

The Lapel Poppy

The lapel Poppies that are worn in Canada today were first made, beginning in 1922, by disabled veterans under the sponsorship of the Department of Soldiers Civil Re-establishment. Until 1996, Poppy material was made at the “Vetcraft” sheltered workshops run by Veterans Affairs Canada in Montreal and Toronto. The work provided a small source of income for disabled ex-service persons and their dependants, allowing them to take an active part in maintaining the tradition of Remembrance.

When it no longer became practical for Veterans Affairs Canada to maintain the “Vetcraft” operations, the Legion volunteered to take on the continuing responsibility for the production of Poppies. In so doing, Dominion Command has awarded a production contract to a private company to produce the Poppies but all operations are conducted under strict Legion control and oversight.

Free Shooting Range to Open at the Canadian Border

Mother Jones: You Are What you Shoot
Think of some of the border guards you’ve encountered. Would you trust them with a gun, a real one.

From CTV.ca news site:

Conservative justice critic Vic Toews announced Wednesday that Canadian border guards will be armed as soon as possible.

“I think they need to be armed,” B.C.’s Solicitor General John Les said, according to CP. “We sometimes have some not very nice people who want to try and get into our country.”

So lets shoot em up! I’m thinking of my Mom here. She brings back plants from her stay in Florida. She’s 62, travels alone, a real dangerous character. I know for a fact that she’s had days when she wasn’t very nice.

Maybe Canada just wants to get rid of their aging population. After all, there are only so many ice flows to go round.

Canada’s border services union threatened to strike in 2005 in an effort to force the government to provide them with guns in order to protect themselves.

Maybe I should buy a gun to protect myself once she gets here.

Where does it end? Should kids in school have guns, fashion accessories, to protect themselves.

Can I get a lasso with that? How about a side of spurs and a few beers, buddy! Maybe a shot in the dark for the road.

Great, Strong Quote

“If I didnt define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other peoples fantasies for me and eaten alive. – Audre Lorde”

This is how I’ve been feeling lately. People seem to want everyone to go with the flow, swim downstream with the herd, no individual thought or unique perspecitves. But, I tend to swim upstream, against the current. You have to stay true to your own mind. Stick to your guns, often in spite of what ‘they’ insist upon.