The Conservatives have also taken steps to ensure gang-related killings result automatically in a first-degree murder, while also singling out drive-by shootings and bolstering the fight against cross-border gun smuggling.

“We believe that our firearms legislation and the mandatory minimum prison sentences are having the desired impact,” Toews said.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson also defended the government’s record on trying to rid the streets of smuggled handguns.

“We have taken steps to ensure that the border is open to legitimate business but closed to criminals and gun smugglers,” Nicholson said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “And there’s better security at our borders today than there ever has been.

Typial Tory thinking, all stick and no carrot. They must have been beaten raw by their nannies or something, you know impersonal punishment from someone who is paid to care. Which is really how they seem to see the world as a whole