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Guns N' Robes: A Canadian Perspective


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I've always liked Canada. Its health care system apparently works; its comedians are consistently a hoot; and, with the exception of that tired old bickering over Quebecois sovereignty that seems to erupt every few years, the gentle behemoth just upstairs from us always manages to keep a cool head in a hot world.

I also like the way Canadians view American policy. For example, take this comment about the imminent Supreme Court decision over gun control (District of Columbia vs. Heller) from Toronto writer and attorney Tim O'Driscoll:

"America loves its guns, and a majority of the [Supreme Court] Brethren don't appear eager to spoil the fun. Wild West mentality is apparently here to stay. If a presidential candidate brags of ducking imaginary sniper fire at a Bosnian airport, let the winner dodge real bullets at Dulles."

By all accounts, the Supremes' upcoming decision in D.C. vs. Heller stands to have a lasting impact on the legal interpretation of our Constitution's Second Amendment. O'Driscoll's commentary, as they say, hits the bullseye. You can read the entire essay here, on AlterNet.org.