A Vancouver school trustee is taking heat for speaking out in favour of a gun group's campaign for the right to carry concealed weapons in Canada.
Sharon Gregson, a longtime NDP activist, was recently featured on the cover of the National Firearms Association Journal, holding a large handgun.
Gregson has just been granted a permit to carry a concealed handgun in the U.S. and has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking why she can't have the same right in Canada.
Gregson asks the very reasonable question: Why can't a woman own and carry a gun to protect herself in Canada, when she can do so in 48 of 50 states in America?
This may seem a reasonable question to you and to me ... and to her ... but to her compatriots the question is anethema:
Wendy Cukier, the president of the Coalition for Gun Control, said she was appalled by Gregson's decision to become the firearms association's cover girl.
Cukier said the trustee is sending out a dangerous message by advocating putting guns into the hands of more women.
"There is no evidence whatsoever that arming women makes them safer," Cukier said. "In fact, the evidence is quite the contrary, that more guns results in more deaths and injuries."
I don't know about that.
I'm waiting for Cukier's evidence that arming women makes them LESS safe. But I don't expect to see it soon.
If I were a 100-pound woman being attacked by a 200 pound man, I would be grateful to Samuel Colt and John Moses Browning for providing an 'equilizer'.
Your Mileage May Vary.