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Trudeau’s Mimicking Birds

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Recent current events indicate that Canada is approaching a very slippery slope. It is apparent that evermore-oppressive gun restrictions are on the horizon if left to the discretion of the Liberals and socialists.

For example we need only look to “worship” John Tory, reelected as Mayor of Toronto on Oct. 22, 2018. Tory has made a renewed call for gun control laws in the city asking “why does anyone in Toronto need a gun?” at a recent city council meeting. [1] Tory apparently believes that a total handgun & ammunition ban in The City of Toronto is the solution to gun-related crime. He declared this openly, clearly forgetting the fact that in 2008, he was quoted in the National Post as saying that “the real problem was guns coming over the border, and a handgun ban isn’t the answer.” [2]

And let us not forget the ‘honourable’ M.P. Bill Blair, minister of border security and organized crime reduction. His misguided initiative to ban handguns and assault rifles Canada wide in 2019 has been well advertised and is slated for immediate roll-out should the Liberals achieve reelection.

Blair’s ‘objective’ of seeking out public opinion on firearms by way of a ‘consulting tour’, a “charade to give the impression of action without a definitive commitment” [3] while simultaneously vilifying legal firearm owners and fudging statistical data, can only result in a single conclusion. Undoubtedly, Blair will deduce on behalf of all Canadian citizens that firearms “cause crime”. Firearms, he argues, must be removed from the possession of legal gun owners to prevent them from falling into the hands of gang members.

Mr. Blair said he “wants the consultations to be completed by the end of the year”, which means that any legislation to ban handguns could be introduced as early as 2019. The government will thereby “change firearms laws without any guarantee that the measure will reduce crime.” [4]

Canadian gun owners are now truly under attack by the current Liberal regime. Our government would seem to be running out the clock before the next major election and are poised for a crackdown on legal gun owners. We hear nebulous rumors of a restricted firearms ban, talk of centralized storage facilities for restricted firearms and murmurs of reclassification (categorization of “non-restricted firearm” to “hunting firearm” and “restricted firearm” to “circumscribed firearm.” [5]) Harsh sounding words like ‘assault rifle’ are constantly being used, saturating the media and discouraging rational debate.

With the Liberal’s disastrous blunders now becoming known, the upcoming election is looming large. It is obvious that in order to minimize their shortcomings (unsustainable debt, social & economic gaffes and violations of freedoms and privacy) Liberals are now sensationalizing their only “accomplishment” and taking a hard stance on gun crime to coincide with the election.

Marijuana legalization is the single feather in their caps, the only Liberal campaign promise that has been fulfilled. The exaggeration of firearm related crime in Canada, accompanied by sensational talk of a handgun ban is being used to facilitate their re-election. Our once great nation’s rights and freedoms are on the Liberal chopping block, and we dare not say a single thing about it.

The Liberal model of removing firearms from private ownership for the safety of all is surely folly. We must remember the old adage “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns” [6], for criminals will surely continue to find ways to obtain them illicitly. If we don’t put a stop to this government and their envisioned misdeeds now, the agendas set forth in their first term will come to fruition during their second.

As ridiculous as the questionnaire is, we at RWN urge all Canadian Firearms owners to answer the Public Safety dialogue on the government website, available until Nov 10th.

Answer the multiple choice and be sure to reiterate in the comments section the foolishness and obvious ignorance of the questions asked. For example, defining ‘Assault Weapons’ and then going so far as to asking the public if they want easier access to them. Let them have it.

https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/cnslttns/hndgn/index-en.aspx

Equally important, the National Firearms Association have started an e-Petition concerning Canadian firearms rights. Let the Liberal government know that they cannot slide this extreme affront to our rights and freedoms under the radar and that you as Conservative Canadians are paying attention and will not stand for it.

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1883


Just in Time for Halloween…

 

Bill C-71, already a work in progress, is slated to be passed into law by the end of 2018. If put in place it will effectively create a new “backdoor gun registry”, to be kept by retailers, itemizing all firearms sales and inventories. “Businesses would have to record dates, references and licence numbers and the firearm’s make, model, type and serial number.” [1] These records would be made available to law enforcement agencies, by way of a warrant, when investigating firearm involved crimes, and must be kept for 20 years by the retailer.

Bill C-71 will also necessarily demand increased background checks on those applying for Possession and Acquisition Licences. An applicant’s entire life history would be laid out and scrutinized for “red flags” prior to approval, not just the preceding 5 years before application, as the law presently requires. The Bill will undoubtedly make it more difficult to obtain and keep a gun licence (P.A.L.) [2]

Furthermore, the Bill aims to restrict transportation of firearms, making it more difficult for gun owners to carry out “certain routine activities, like target shooting, taking a firearm home after a transfer, or going to a gunsmith or a gun show.” The only form of transport to remain unaffected would be the conveyance of a restricted firearm to and from a certified shooting range. All other transportation of restricted firearms would require that a Authorization to Transport (A.T.T.) document be obtained. [3]

Bill C-71 also aims to immediately reclassify as ‘Prohibited’ between 10,000 – 15,000 legally purchased and owned rifles, including many specifically used for hunting purposes (such as the CZ 858 and Swiss Arms). Many of these firearms cost in excess of $4,000, the cost of which will not be reimbursed by government agencies. Owners of newly prohibited firearms could face 10 years in prison if they fail to comply with new ownership requirements. The government, to date, has not outlined any plan to notify these owners when the changes take effect. [4]

A “review” on a restricted (i.e. handgun) ban in Canada is also currently underway. The ban is spearheaded by former RCMP M.P. Bill Blair and targets law abiding gun-owners. “The Canadian government’s possible ban on handguns and semi-automatic long guns such as the SKS, the AR-15 and the FN-FAL rifles” could result in the confiscation of over $2 billion worth of guns and equipment from private Canadian gun owners. [5] “Blair’s main goal seems to be to keep a lid on the gun conversation over the next year… not giving the Conservatives any ammunition (pardon the pun) for a revival of the old gun debates of the 1990’s” [6] before the Liberals seek reelection.

Rest assured, if the Liberal’s attain another majority government on October 21st, 2019, the stripping of Canadian’s firearms and freedoms will be foremost on their agenda once again. Bill C-71 is the thin end of a very large wedge, which, when pounded down people’s throats, will make our present day restrictions seem like a memory of heaven.

Do your part: join the NFA, Sign petitions or write your M.P. And buy The Bill C-71 Book: What it Means, How It Hurts You, and 3 Easy Steps You Can Take Right Now To Block It[7] and read it well.

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Canadian firearms owners rejoice!

After thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands of letters flooded government offices in opposition to the reclassification farce involving the SG550 and CZ858 sport rifles in Canada by the RCMP, Conservative Safety Minister Stephen Blaney has announced that those rifles are now re-classified, returned to their original classification of non-restricted.

For those not in the know, this means these rifles are no longer ‘prohibited’, that they can now be taken out of their safes and bunkers and can once more be fired both at certified ranges as well as rural areas that are classified as “firearms safe”. Gun loving Canadians are reveling in the victory. Online stores are having ammunition sales of rifle-specific sizes and Facebook is being flooded with pictures of SG’s and 858’s emerging from the cavernous depths to which they were banished when the RCMP issued their draconian dicta stipulating that owners of these rifles had a certain amount of time to surrender them for destruction.

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SwissArm and CZ858 in all their evil glory

The power hungry bureaucrats of the RCMP firearms program have been forced to eat their own hats, so-to-speak. They will be sent back to the piles of paperwork they use to justify their existences, their lofty paycheques still clutched in hand. But further changes are in store for them; their usefulness and job security will again be threatened by the announcement that Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Act, is coming into play. The Safety Minister has announced formally that this too shall come to pass.

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Minister Blaney showing off his firearms license

Yet again, we, the gun owners, are making the RCMP bureaucrats sweat, shooting down their illegal attempt to change restricted firearms laws. For those not in the know, the RCMP were attempting to make it again more difficult to transport firearms. They ideally would have had restricted owners carrying paperwork to and from firearms ranges. In addition, the RCMP would have liked to see gun owners obtaining an extra authorization to transport their arms to gunsmiths. Ever more redundant paperwork, an endless queue of phone calls to the RCMP for ‘permission’, and a steadily tightening noose around the necks of firearms owners. A bureaucratic nightmare. This is what the RCMP had hoped eventually to bring about.

This all backfired immensely for the RCMP. For now, beginning September 2nd 2015, all a gun owner will require for authorization to transport their actual P.A.L. license… nothing more, nothing less. I, for one, am stoked about not having to sit on the phone with the office of the C.F.O. listening to that hellish elevator music interrupted by random ridiculous gun facts…

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♩ ♪ ♫ ♬♩ …”Did you know, pointing a loaded gun at your face is a bad idea”….♩ ♪ ♫ ♬♩

 

I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but…

On the other side of the coin (and somewhat of a concession), it is now harder for first time shooters to obtain a firearm . Instead of being able to challenge the firearms test for a reduced fee, individuals will now have to undergo a full weekend course, dishing out a considerable amount of cash for the privilege of being able to eventually buy a gun.

The majority of firearms enthusiasts probably don’t care about this, seeing as how they already own guns; they likely view it as minutiae, as trivial. But the wise understand that discouraging young gun owners is a step backward. It means fewer individuals in the pro-gun camp in the years to come.

When the Liberals implemented extreme changes to gun laws in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, a lot of complacent firearm enthusiasts were content simply to comply with the new prohibition laws. They, themselves were exempted from them if they already owned the soon-to-be prohibited firearms. They received a Prohibited License for their inconvenience, so all was right with the world.

However, gun owners like myself, too young to own firearms or fully appreciate what was going on at the time, are now exempt from ever owning a large variety (I would estimate approximately 40-50%) of sport shooting firearms. The changes significantly decreased the assortment of firearms that could be legally owned. Firearm owners of the day played right into the hands of gun-control advocates. Slowly, the controlling factions made it impossible to own a gun, one little baby step at a time. And with a whimper, not a bang, we all complied.

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Sorry James Bond fans, never gonna happen in Canada … unless you owned one before the great purge of ’78

 

Hey wait a minute, Isn’t an election coming up…?

That being said, I am still happy with the reclassification of the SG550 and the CZ858, as well as the A.T.T. changes, but I have no illusions, the concession of now having to dish out more time and money to actually ‘get in the game’ is going to hurt us in the long run.

It is worth noting that there will be an election in October. I can’t help but feel skeptical that the Conservative government was more than happy to put this bill on the back burner in January when a deranged Islamic terrorist attacked parliament. It meant that they could conveniently push it through closer to the election in attempts to garner the vote of the 32% of our population who are gun-owners.

But at this point, who are we kidding? Both the NDP and Liberals are super-staunch supporters of gun-control, and worse, are virtually all advocates of the complete outlawing of firearms. So really, who do we gun owners have other than Harper to vote for? If you are a gun owner, the Conservatives are your only choice to protect your rights and property, so DO IT.

Two steps back, one step forward

I would love to be able to say that these recent changes are a case of two steps forward, one step back, but, when you really think about it, the RCMP took away our firearms by making them illegal, then attempted to push the agenda further by making it more difficult to transport our firearms. The public outcry only managed to win back our guns, giving us the original limitations we previously had for our licensing.

The RCMP came out on top by succeeding in making it harder to actually become licensed, before ever owning a firearm. In short, the bully stole our 3 dollars of lunch money and was forced to give it back. But, after an ear twisting, he only gave 2 dollars back. Add to that the fact that the Conservatives got a black eye by both the NDP and Liberals, drawing serious attention to certain fabricated lies about fully automatic weapons and squirrel hunting in Toronto [1]. The Conservatives ended up looking like Gun-Nutty Republicans once more.

It might be happy days for gun owners now, but the price may be dear, indeed, in the future. If Mulcair or Trudeau get in, we could see one hell of a reversal. It won’t be two steps back, one step forward, but simply three full steps back… and a lurch into the abyss.

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