Sometimes, it's just weird.

A Canadian legal reporter wants to write about the upcoming Heller decision in the US Supreme Court.  But, well, he's Canadian and he writes for a Canadian paper.  There's got to be some sort of hook.  That's how paragraphs like these made their way into the article:
As Mayor David Miller and provincial leaders urge Ottawa to outlaw handguns, Americans are waiting to see if the United States Supreme Court will shoot down one of that country's strictest gun control laws.
Reading that makes me wonder if there's really a risk of this author's readership believing that a US Supreme Court ruling would have any force in Canada?
Whatever the U. S. Supreme Court decides, legal academics north of the border say the ruling is unlikely to have much of an impact on Canada's legal landscape because our Constitution is so different, even through politicians in both countries are struggling over gun violence.
I guess there IS that risk.  The article's not bad otherwise and surprisingly balanced.  I just did a double-take every time the author had to explain why it really wouldn't matter to Canadians what the US Supreme Court rules in the case.

This entry was published Fri Jun 20 08:42:06 CDT 2008 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2008-06-20 08:42:06.0. [Tweet]

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