National and International Gun Control News for the week ending May 22, 2020
• “The Governor in Council is not of the opinion that any thing prescribed to be a prohibited firearm or a prohibited device, in the Annexed Regulations, is reasonable for use in Canada for hunting or sporting purposes…” – SOR/2020-96: The Liberal government’s Order in Council immediately Prohibiting 1,500 makes and models of guns owned by federally-licenced RCMP-vetted firearm owners because they are “not suitable for hunting.”
• “There will be an exception for indigenous peoples exercising a section 35 hunting right.” – Justice Minister David Lametti, May 1, 2020 Press Conference
Published May 21, 2020 by Christopher di Armani – “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm
PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA INTERIM ATIP RESPONSE ON OPTIONS FOR BANNING GUNS
Public Safety Canada Access to Information Act: Requested November 10, 2018 – Interim response received May 15, 2020
WORDING OF REQUEST: This is further to your request under the Access to Information Act for: (As clarified on August 11, 2019) – “For the period from October 2015 to present please provide copies of all studies, papers, proposals, impact assessments, cost-benefit analyses, recommendations, polls, focus groups, Briefing Notes to the Minister and Advice to the Minister examining the efficacy, arguments for and against and advantages and disadvantages of gun control measures considered by the government including the following: 1. Banning handguns 2. Banning semi-automatic firearms 3. Banning all firearms 4. Central Storage/Repositories for firearms in urban centres.”
INTERIM #1 RESPONSE 409 PAGES: https://dennisryoung.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Public-Safety-Interim-1-Release-package-A-2018-00301.pdf
THIS WEEKS POSTINGS TO THE CANADIAN FIREARMS DIGEST
National and International Gun Control News for the week ending May 15, 2020
THE FRASER INSTITUTE BLOG: FEDERAL FIREARMS BAN MISSES MARK—BADLY
Police report that between 70 and 90 per cent of guns used in violent crimes in Canada are smuggled, mainly from the U.S. Gang violence is a growing threat to public safety. According to StatsCan, one quarter (24 per cent) of all homicides were gang-related in 2018, up from 16 per cent in 2015, and licensed firearms owners are much less likely to commit murder than other Canadians. The evidence strongly suggests this gun ban won’t make us safer. If the prime minister wants to stop gun violence, he should encourage the provinces and municipalities to hire more police officers or improve screening at the border to prevent gun smuggling. But this ban targets the law-abiding, not the criminal. Author: Gary Mauser, THE FRASER FORUM – May 14, 2020 CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE FOR THE FULL TEXT.
A COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE TO A COMPREHENSIVE ATTACK
In a rare show of unity, over 50 Canadian organizations, representing millions of members, from every province across the country, have joined forces in opposing the arbitrary and punitive “gun ban” by a government who fails to address crime. This is just the first step in a collaborative reaction, to a very comprehensive attack. EXCERPT: On behalf of our combined memberships. On May 1, 2020 the Government of Canada, by OIC, did prohibit a large number of firearms previously legally owned in Canada by licensed firearms owners, with the impending threat of additional bans. As a result, we have collaborated on this effort to condemn the actions of this government and demand a credible plan to focus on crime. Among our many objections, here are our three main concerns: By Tracey Wilson, Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights – May 14, 2020 CLICK ON LINK ABOVE TO READ THE REST.
GUNTER: NEW FACTS PROVE THE UTTER USELESSNESS OF TRUDEAU’S GUN BAN
(Legal gun owners have to register their addresses with the RCMP, while people banned from owning guns because of previous convictions for violent crimes, do not.) Measures to target criminals using guns, while more likely to be effective, would be hard. And dangerous. Much easier to seize the private property (guns) of hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are not involved in crime. Think about it. Everything a criminal does to become a criminal involves disregarding the law. Meanwhile, everything a law-abiding gun owner does to acquire firearms demonstrates a respect for the law – including completing the lengthy and arduous application process and buying an expensive gun safe. Yet whenever there is a high-profile shooting, who become the first targets when the Liberals want to demonstrate the are getting tough on crime? By Lorne Gunter, TORONTO SUN – May 12, 2020
This is a lengthy and detailed evaluation of the firearm policy statements made by each candidate in the Conservative Party’s leadership race.
KEY POINTS & DETAILED ANALYSIS – Published May 11, 2020 by Christopher di Armani
• Dr. Leslyn Lewis
• Derek Sloan
• Erin O’Toole
• Peter MacKay
National and International Gun Control News for the week ending May 8, 2020