Assault on human freedoms?

To the Editor;

Assault on human freedoms?

Our society has, over the years, benefited by the entrepreneurship, creativity, principled inventors, conscientious-driven speakers and writers, and objective leaders of government and bureaucracy. However, we are witnessing, in the last approximately sixty years the withering of ethical behavior and moral philosophy through audio and visual media along with judicial pandering to certain vocal groups. The bottom line? Through executive-type orders and orders-in-council, our freedoms and opportunities to be responsible for our actions are being either curtailed, replaced, modified, or outlawed. And here we thought government (all branches) existed to protect citizens, promote ingenuity, and develop a climate of respect and accountability.

One important case-in-point is the emotional reaction and consequent political reaction to the very unfortunate shooting of an innocent person in Ontario. An individual who, for years, pre-meditated the murder of another, and actually accomplished the act, is somehow not responsible. Pardon me. Only after he committed the crime did certain influential folk decide that human intention (obviously not being responsible for his own actions) was not the problem. He did not commit murder. The weapon did it and thus guns must be banned. Oh, but criminals can acquire and keep their guns. However, responsible civilians must have their guns prohibited and confiscated by an emotionally-charged (ideologically bent?) set of government officials. Sixty yeas ago the perpetrator would have been apprehended and placed in a secure facility thus protecting the innocent. That seems to have drastically changed.

It is time for politicians, their media friends, and the judiciary to actually protect the freedoms of speech, of press, of religion, of assembly, and thought through appropriate legislation and enforcement to protect the general population. It can be done.

Cars don’t kill people, drugs don’t kill people, knives don’t kill people, guns don’t kill people. (Maybe Canada would do well to arm the responsible citizens so police could be assisted while confronted by a radicalized criminal, or protect family and property from those who have criminal intent?) People kill people. Conversely, people can be motivated to respect and protect people. With the current matter of criminal activity, we must, to survive, deal with the perpetrators of crime and not the tools. Follow the laws that have been on the books for years. Deal with the meting of justice, and not sweeping the criminal activity under the rug. Prohibiting guns, knives, cars, safety pins, or sticks won’t solve costly societal problems. Let us wake up to freedom and responsibility aided by the government who we elected to actually objectively govern, supply the needs we pay them for (e.g. postal services, health), and provide protection for the citizens while dealing with criminals according to their acts against society.

Harvey Burkholder

Three Hills, Alberta