Something you might want to be aware of Subject: Layton declares gun war http://www.theglobeandmail.com/serv...y/LAC/20040604/ELECLAYTON04/TPNational/Canada Layton declares gun war By STEVEN CHASE Friday, June 4, 2004 - Page A8 WINNIPEG -- NDP Leader Jack Layton is pitching voters on a Canadian-led campaign for tougher U.S. gun laws that includes bending the ears and twisting arms of American congressmen. He says Ottawa should send envoys to Washington to fight for strict firearm laws in the United States because American weapons smuggled into Canada are a big cause of gun violence in this country. "We are proposing going across the border . . . and actively engaging in lobbying to have gun-control laws in the United States strengthened," he said during a campaign stop in the Prairies yesterday. He's especially concerned about preventing any relaxation of U.S. laws that might result in more types of guns flowing north. New Democrats also want assault and automatic weapon sales banned in Canada and a security curtain thrown up at ports and borders to stop an influx of contraband U.S. firearms. "We want a dramatic stepping-up of efforts to stop illegal guns coming across the border." Overhauling the gun registry is not mentioned in the NDP's 63-page election platform. But Mr. Layton was very clear on his intentions yesterday. "We've said it needs to be fixed," Mr. Layton said. "It's been botched terribly." Liberal Leader Paul Martin's party has committed to rework the registry, and the Conservatives have pledged to scrap it. NDP officials later clarified Mr. Layton's remarks, saying the party would try to fix the registry and replace it, or scrap it, if that was not possible. Veteran NDP MP Lorne Nystrom of Regina opposes the registry as an ineffective waste of money. He said at least three other NDP MPs agree with him. He said he believes the NDP has no consensus position on the matter and that Mr. Layton's comments likely reflect his own opinion. Tracey Kleim Canadian Director Women Against Gun Control "Women helped take away guns. Now women must help get them back."