Wednesday, August 03, 2005

More on Marc Emery

Reuters has a story on the Emery bust that adds a few more facts. As they note, one of the more interesting developments will be over internet jurisdiction.

The Globe and Mail has an outrageously misguided editorial on the case. They're one of those subscription only internet papers so you can't read the whole thing but here's the most ridiculous quote.
Consider the situation in reverse. We all know that the Americans are very lax about selling handguns. They practically come in cereal boxes. But Canadians have strong feelings about people carrying concealed weapons, and strong laws to prevent it.

What if an American gun dealer were mailing handguns to people in Canada through the Internet? Wouldn't we want him stopped? Wouldn't we want the Americans to arrest him and send him here, so that we could try him under our laws?
What an absurd analogy. Give someone a gun and they'll shoot bullets with it. Bullets do kill. Give someone a seed and if they don't feed it to their canary, it might grow an herb but there's no guarantee that it will even make to maturity. And when's the last time you heard of someone being killed or even mugged by someone waving a plant?

Makes you wonder if the Globe has been hired on by the White House as a paid pundit.

[hat tip to Tim Meehan]


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