Right in the centre - More rules doesn't mean better results


By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

find it interesting that there are 10 truck loads of lava per second coming out of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. Wonder what that does to warming up the atmosphere and to the carbon levels? Guess everyone has to shut down their furnaces in Canada to compensate for the Hawaii volcano.There are 1,350 active volcanoes in the world, plus a bunch more under the oceans.

• Just love how some people rail against the use of oil, but don’t seem to want to shut down the gas line to their home or office. It’s pretty simple to shut off the gas meter, but it’s a lot easier to complain about farmers fuelling their tractors to grow food.

• It was drawn to my attention that Prime Minister Trudeau said he would seize guns, but has backed off a bit now by saying he didn’t mean hunters’ guns. I am personally sick and tired of Trudeau and this whole gun debate. It has been going on for decades, has solved nothing, cost millions of dollars and crime is still climbing. If a person commits a violent crime with a gun, put them in jail forever. It would cost less and be more effective.

• It was good to hear that a recent assault in Winnipeg on a woman was thwarted when the victim killed the assailant. It has been deemed self defence. Too bad that doesn’t happen more often.

• Seems that Montreal Canadians goaltender, Carey Price, is in hot water for posting a picture of himself in hunting gear and holding a rifle. The timing was a bit awkward, as it was on Dec. 6, 32 years ago, that the tragic Montreal massacre took place. Just to refresh memories, here is what is posted on the web about that event:

“Perpetrator Marc Lépine, armed with a legally obtained Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle and hunting knife, entered a mechanical engineering class at the École Polytechnique. He ordered the women to one side of the classroom, and instructed the men to leave. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism”, he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. The shooter then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women to shoot for just under 20 minutes. He killed eight more women before committing suicide.”

After that event, the federal government embarked on a huge gun control effort that cost millions and has accomplished little. Isn’t it strange that Lepine purchased the gun legally and that he was able to convince the men to leave? 

•People intent on evil will get guns, legally or otherwise, and attempt whatever evil action enters their minds.

•Seems to me that while spanking children isn’t in fashion any more, and maybe with good reason, that children should be afraid that they might get spanked. Maybe Lepine needed some more love when he was a kid or maybe more discipline, I don’t know of course.

•All this negative stuff said, my wife and I are out and about in the community a lot and we see and interact with people of all ages. We must say that most young people are excellent with us, respectful and friendly. They have learned proper public behaviour very well and it is wonderful to see.

• I feel sorry for people who work in the schools and daycares, as some of the rules and regulations and bad behaviour they have to put up with is atrocious. Just talk to any person in that field quietly and privately and you will see what I mean.

• What all this boils down to is that the government needs to take a step back and understand that more rules doesn’t always mean better results.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the Banner & Press staff.