Investigative reporter Ben Swann with CBS46 in Atlanta takes a closer look at the familiar trope of the success or failure of gun control overseas. One of the most familiar arguments on both sides of the gun issue is the effect of strict policy changes on the regulation of firearms in fellow English-speaking countries Australia after their National Firearms Agreement of 1996 and in the UK after their Firearms Act of 1988. Swann encapsulates both complex issues and the results of each in under five minutes. by Chris Eger – November 17, 2015
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NUMBER OF VIOLENT CRIMES INVOLVING GUNS EXAGGERATED BY AN OVER-INCLUSIVE DEFINITION OF GUN CRIME
BY GARY-MAUSER – CANADA FREE PRESS – FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Statistics Canada reports that there were 5,027 “firearms-related” incidents out of 263,054 violent crimes (i.e., 2% of violent crimes).
Statistics Canada defines “firearms-related” crime” as when “a gun is present during the commission of the crime.” Just “present,” not “used.”
Gun violence only occurred in one-quarter of “firearms-related” crimes and in just 0.5% of violent crimes.
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EXCERPT: The right to carry weapons was cherished by those who settled this country, including First Nations. It was cherished by Upper and Lower Canada rebels who forced the British authorities to grant responsible self-government. It was cherished by citizens turned soldier in both World Wars, who grew up hunting and handling guns as tools worthy of respect in the hands of people worthy of it. And just because “it’s 2015” doesn’t mean we are no longer competent to make our own decisions in the supermarket, in the public square and when danger threatens.
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BRIAN LILLEY: The Liberals promised more gun control and now that we’ve seen the ministerial mandate letters, we know gun control is key to his plan. The letters to Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale both mention taking action on guns. They speak about getting handguns and assault weapons off our streets, strengthening controls on handguns and assault weapons and repealing some elements of Bill C-42. Which parts? The parts that made life easier for law abiding gun owners to transport their firearms to the range or their hunt camp.
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Thanks for keeping up the fight Brian.
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o Take action to get handguns and assault weapons off our streets by working with the Minister of Justice to strengthen controls on hand-guns and assault weapons, including by repealing some elements of Bill C-42. – See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-public-safety-and-emergency-preparedness-mandate-letter#sthash.LAw4FkWY.dpuf
Australia: Sacked for being a sporting shooter Liberal Democrats (Australia) – Published on Nov 10, 2015
In this important speech, Senator Leyonhjelm tells the story of David Waters, a champion shooter sacked by Goodyear for participating… in the wrong kind of sport.
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Gun club spokesperson Bill Newton said the club is “dumbfounded” by the decision, since the club complied with everything the county has asked. The club recently improved safety measures on the range by installing cameras and passcards, and implemented a noise monitoring system. “We’d gone to incredible lengths and spent an awful lot of money to stay on top of that,” Newton said. The board said while “the risk of a stray bullet is low, the impact of that risk is high.” The range, which has operated in Parkland County since 1972, has 30 days to take the appeal board to court over the decision. Either way, it will likely have to shut down in mid-November when its existing development permit expires. “We have over 900 members that now have to find another legal way to enjoy our sport,” said Newton. Save our club.
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