In light of recent tragedy in Nova Scotia, our Prime Minister took swift action, wasting no time to ban 1,500 types of ‘assault-style’ firearms — effective immediately.
5 years ago, here was what I posted on this website: Gun Control – Good or Bad?. I will encourage readers to visit my previous post to read my arguments why gun control would NOT bring down gun crimes.
In the case of Nova Scotia tragedy, police reported that the gunman possessed firearms ILLEGALLY. He did not have a valid firearms license. So the action from government? Let’s ban some more guns belong to owners with valid firearms licenses.
Also, I imagine our prime minister is not too familiar with our existing Canadian firearms regulations and models. He said:
These weapons (military-grade “assault-style”) were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said. “There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”
Well, I can tell you that nobody in the military or police would use the military-grade “assault-style” rifles that he was referring to in real situation. Under existing Canadian firearms regulations, a rifle magazine can hold only 5 rounds of ammo. Also, the rifle can only be semi-automatic.
A military assault rifle is capable of switching between semi-automatic/fully automatic mode with magazines that can hold up to 30 rounds of ammo. This type of rifle is designed to inflict large amount of harm in the shortest amount of time.
It is important to have an accurate understanding of what a “military-style assault rifle” is because a Canadian civilian cannot own such rifle legally. Our prime minister is either ignorant of the difference or is encroaching the freedom upon law-abiding gun owners, yet again.
Please visit the website Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights for some excellent discussions and explanations on firearms issues.
My eldest daughter, an avid outdoor enthusiast, sent the following letter to our local newspaper:
Guns are not the Problem
Many Canadians believe that banning guns will solve the problem of mass shootings and other gun crimes. I am here to tell you that it does not.
When does a gun ever fire itself? Never. People fire guns; people – criminals – are the problem. Gun regulations and legislation only take guns away from law-abiding citizens, making you more vulnerable to attacks. A criminal would be less inclined to commit a crime in a place where almost everybody carry guns. An armed population is in itself the most effective crime deterrent. Additionally, an armed population has the power to stop crimes before much harm is done. A mass shooter can be taken down in a matter of seconds, as opposed to the minutes it will take for the police to arrive.
Outlawing guns will not prevent criminals from obtaining the guns they want. In almost every instance, shooters were people without firearms licenses, shooting illegally obtained guns. On top of that, most gun magazines in Canada have been permanently altered by law, so that they cannot hold more than 5 bullets. A shooter would have to obtain an unaltered magazine illegally in order to conduct a mass shooting. Gun regulations, including the mandatory firearms license, will not stop these shootings; they will only discourage law-abiding citizens from purchasing guns, and prevent them from effectively taking down shooters and protecting themselves.
My dear fellow Canadians, ask yourself this question: if gun control doesn’t deter crime, why does the government insist on it? A government that is fearful of an armed citizenry is a tyrannical government. Banning 1,500 more gun models is an act of tyranny, and it is just the first step towards a totalitarian society. We are in a war for our rights and freedoms. Do your own research. Buy guns. Exercise your rights. Defend your freedoms. Spread the word. There is no time to lose.
UPDATE: Please Sign the Petition!!