Archive for the ‘Pro-Gun’ Category

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The true cost of the Firearms Act must be measured against its infringement of our rights.

I just realized that I hand’t posted Dr. Ted Morton’s study on how the Firearms Act infringes upon over a dozen of our Charter Protected and other Rights; it can be found here:

https://akimoya.wordpress.com/how-the-firearms-act-bill-c-68-violates-the-charter-of-right-and-freedoms/

How much freedom are you willing to lose?

Support for Ian Thomson

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There is a day of peaceful protest being organized in support of Ian Thomson, the man who was fire-bombed by three individuals and who is now being pursued by the Crown for firearms offences.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2011 @ 09:00AM
WHERE: Welland Courthouse, 102 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario

We must send a strong message to government, to the courts and to all Canadians.

This protest rally is being organized by Edward Burlew LL.B., defence council for Mr. Thomson.

We are requesting financial assistance to help defray the expenses for the expert witness and defence costs.

Contributions in the form of check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, may be sent “IN TRUST” to:

“EDWARD BURLEW IN TRUST”  – add a note that it is for Ian Thomson.
Edward L. Burlew
16 John Street
Thornhill, Ontario
L3T 1X8
Telephone: (905) 882-2422
FAX: (905) 882-2431

NOTE: You can call Mr. Burlews office to contribute via credit card.
Please call and request a form to be sent out to you.

You can also contact Mr. Burlew at BURLEWLAW @ YAHOO.CA

If you are local to the Welland area, bring friends. If you are a member of a gun club, encourage other members to attend.

This is your chance to make a difference. This case is going to have a MAJOR impact on not only the firearms community, but on ALL  CANADIANS.

This is the first step at effecting major change. This case is particularly important for those of us who seek concealed carry in Canada. If ever there was justification for the legitimate use of a firearm in self defence this is it!

There will be media (newspaper, radio, tv) present. A perfect opportunity to get our message out nationally.

We need this to be a victory for our side, and with your help we can make this happen.

We would like to thank you on behalf of Ian Thomson and his defence team.

Stay safe and thanks for your support.

Norman “Griffon” Lapierre & Robert “StraitShooter” Alexander
Canadian Association for Self Defence

 

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I beg your indulgence while I catch up from my technical difficulties…

In the meantime, here’s a little tid-bit for those who say guns aren’t “Canadian”.

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Arms in the Northwest

Trade muskets were around in fair numbers. Between 1689 and 1780, the Hudson’s Bay Company had sold roughly 20,000 guns out of York Factory alone (Ray, 74). It would appear that posts had muskets of various lengths in stock at most times. For example, in 1774, the Hudson’s Bay Company sent Samuel Hearne, then at Cumberland House, one 4-foot gun, two 3½-foot guns, and one 3′ 2″ gun (Tyrell, 112-113). In 1798, William Tomison ordered four cases of 3½-foot guns and four cases of 3-foot guns (thirty-two guns in total) from York Factory (Johnson, 177). In 1796, Peter Fidler sent twenty-eight 3-foot guns (as well as 96 assorted bayonets and a gross of knives), by horse, from Buckingham House to Edmonton House. Fidler also notes in a postscript to Tomison that ‘[repairs to] the gun locks etc. shall be done as soon as possible.’ (Johnson, 79, 79n). So, even from quite early, guns were available in fair numbers, right to the foot of the Rockies. You could buy a gun and all the required shooting supplies, even get your lock sent out for repairs, near modern Edmonton, Alberta. This was eight years before and 870 km (540 miles) farther west than from where Lewis & Clark set out from Fort Mandan to penetrate the wilderness of the American West— clearly the situation was quite different in Canada.

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Johnson, Alice M. (ed.) Saskatchewan Journals and Correspondence : Edmonton House 1795-1800, Chesterfield House 1800-1802. Hudson’s Bay Record Society : London, 1967.

Ray, Arthur J. Indians in the Fur Trade. University of Toronto Press : Toronto, 1974.

Tyrrell, J. B. (ed.) Journals of Samuel Hearne and Philip Turnor. Reprint : Greenwood Press : New York, 1968. Originally published 1934.

 

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One of the many “facts” that the anti-gun extremists trotted out as “proof” that we “need” to keep the onerous and draconian long gun registry was that 14 of the 16 Police Officers shot in the line of duty since 1998 were killed by long guns:

The Danger of Scrapping the Long-Gun Registry | The Mark

by Carol Allison-Burra Vice President, Canadian Association of Police Boards.

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CAB: One of the things that we learned along the way is that of the 16 police officers who were shot between 1998 and early 2010, 14 were killed by a long gun […]

 

WRONG!  They were killed by criminals!

Why “cherry pick” the year 1998?  That was the year that (most of) the Firearms Act “came into force”, but no police were shot from 1998-2000…and long guns were not required to be registered until Jan 1, 2003.

I did some digging, and here is a list of the officers, and how they died, and by whom:

#1

Cst. Jurgen Siegfried Seewald         March 5, 2001

Shot and killed on duty, while investigating a domestic dispute, in Cape Dorset, Nunavut.

Weapon Used: shotgun

Licenced/Registered?: Probably not

(killer was Inuk; the Inuit have a court injunction which allows them to not obey the Firearms Act)

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#2

Cst. Dennis Douglas Strongquill            December 21, 2001

Shot and killed while on general patrol duties, near Russell, Manitoba.

Weapon Used: sawed-off shotgun

Licenced/Registered?:  no (criminal)

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#3

Constable Benoit L’Ecuyer       February 28, 2002

Weapon Used: .357 Magnum handgun
Licenced/Registered?:  no (criminal)

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#4

Cpl. James Wilbert Gregson Galloway     February 28, 2004

Shot and killed on duty, while assisting the Edmonton Emergency Response Team, in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

Weapon Used: rifle

Licenced/Registered?:  probably not

(killer was a paranoid schizophrenic, who had already had some guns confiscated from him)

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#5

Cst. Anthony Fitzgerald Orion Gordon         March 3, 2005

Shot and killed on duty, by a deranged suspect, near Mayerthorpe, Alberta.

#6

Cst. Lionide (Leo) Nicholas Johnston           March 3, 2005

Shot and killed on duty, by a deranged suspect, near Mayerthorpe, Alberta.

#7

Cst. Brock Warren Myrol         March 3, 2005

Shot and killed on duty, by a deranged suspect, near Mayerthorpe, Alberta.

#8

Cst. Peter Christopher Schiemann         March 3, 2005

Shot and killed on duty, by a deranged suspect, near Mayerthorpe, Alberta.

Weapon Used: prohibited rifle

Licenced/Registered?: no (criminal)

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#9

Constable Valérie Gignac        December 14, 2005

Weapon Used: rifle

Licenced/Registered?: undetermined

(killer was a prohibited person who was allowed by the courts to have a gun for hunting)

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#10

Cst. Robin Lynelle Cameron       July 15, 2006

Killed from gunshot wounds sustained while responding to a domestic dispute call on July 7, 2006 near Mildred, Saskatchewan.

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Cst. Marc Joseph Denis Bourdages         July 16, 2006

Killed from gunshot wounds sustained while responding to a domestic dispute call on July 7, 2006 near Mildred, Saskatchewan.

Weapon Used: Rifle

Licenced/Registered?:  probably not

(killer had a criminal record, but no mention of a firearms prohibition)

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#12

Senior Constable John Atkinson        Friday, May 5, 2006

Weapon Used: illegal handgun

Licenced/Registered?: no

(killer had illegally possessed and carried handgun)

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#13

Constable Daniel Tessier        Friday, March 2, 2007

Weapon Used: handgun

Licenced/Registered?:  yes

(courts declared this shooting to be in self-defence)

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#14

Cst. Christopher John Worden         October 6, 2007

Killed while on duty after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds during a foot pursuit of a fleeing suspect in Hay River, Northwest Territories.

Weapon Used: illegally obtained .40 handgun
Licenced/Registered?:  no

(killer had a criminal record and a firearms prohibition)

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#15

Cst. Douglas Allen Scott         November 5, 2007

Died from a gunshot wound sustained while responding to a call for assistance involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

Weapon Used: rifle

Licenced/Registered?: probably not

(killer was Inuit)

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#16

Const. Vu Pham         March 8, 2010

Weapon Used: rifle

Licenced/Registered?: yes

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So, by my count, that’s 4 handguns, not two, and 12 out of 16 used rifles.

Of those 12, 8 were committed by criminals who had firearms prohibitions or otherwise obtained their guns illegally.  One of these had been allowed by the courts to possess a rifle for hunting purposes, all nice and legal…

Of those 12, a further 3 probably did not have a license or registered their guns, for various reasons – 2 were Inuit, who don’t have to register, and 1 was were mentally ill, but no mention of a “public safety” prohibition could be found.

Of the remaining 1, he is the only one who had a license and used his registered rifle to kill an OPP officer.

Thus, the claims of the anti-gun extremists is patently false.  In the 4 instances that involved handguns, which have been required to be registered since 1934, “the registry” failed to work.  In 11 of the other 12 instances, “the registry” failed to work, because the killers were criminals, mentally ill, or weren’t required to register their long guns.

In the one instance where a licensed firearms owner used his registered firearm to kill a police officer, “the registry” failed to work in spite of this.

You can wrap guns up in as much paper as you want, bad or unstable people will still misuse them – indeed, any other object – if they are intent enough on causing harm to others.

 

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Dr. Ted Morton (formerly of the University of Calgary, now an Albertan MPP and Cabinet Minister) conducted a study that shows that the Firearms Act contravenes over a dozen of our sovereign rights. These include, but are not limited to: the right to remain silent, the right to a lawyer, the right to privacy (several times), the right to freedom of association, the right to equal treatment under the law, the right to mobility, the right to own property, the right to due process, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and the right to be presumed innocent.

A brief summary can be found here:
http://www.rfcsask.ca/Doc/Saskatoon-summary.doc

The full treatise can be found here:
http://www.rfcsask.ca/Doc/CharterChallenge.doc

This law is onerous, draconian, and totalitarian in nature. It has already effectively banned, and will eventually confiscate, over 500,000 legally owned handguns. There is a conspiracy by police to “ramp up” efforts to further harass and criminalize law-abiding citizens for nothing more than “paperwork” infractions. The Government of the day can prohibit any kind of gun for any reason, or no reason at all – at the stroke of a pen, and with no recourse.

That is why gun owners really hate the Firearms Act.  This is not the kind of Canada we want to be. Nor should it be yours.