Firearms Owners Association
Why We Are Angry Old Men
Those of us in CUFOA who refuse to submit to the federal firearms licencing requirement and recommend that responsible gun owners "Do not vote for, support, or donate to the Conservatives"(1) have on one online forum been described as:
This is an unfortunate commentary on what is suppose to be a place for enlightened discussion and lively exchange of ideas. Our political foes used the tactics of slander and tried to discredit responsible gun owners by portraying us as "angry old men" in the Parliament Hill Fed Up rallies of 1994 and 1998.(2) Twenty years later, we truly are old men, but now we are angry with Stephen Harper for endorsing the Liberals' firearm licensing scheme.
In response to our suggestion that firearms owner not vote for Mr. Harper, many commentators cry that the other parties are totally adverse to firearms ownership, that the NDP and the Liberals (and the Greens) will confiscate all of our firearms. They admonish us to accept "the lesser of the evils" and vote for Mr. Harper.
To understand our abhorrence of Mr. Harper one needs to understand the pure, unadulterated evil of the 1995 Firearms Act. The firearms licencing mandate makes the mere possession of a firearm in one's own home an illegal act. This licencing mandate was a major reversal of our historic Canadian practice of responsible gun ownership:
With the firearms licence the Government presumes the authority to decide
The firearms licence destroys our Right to defend ourselves. Professor Gary Mauser of Simon Fraser University has clearly stated that:
And most ominously, Dr. Mauser warns:
Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, author of Guns and Violence, The English Experience, has shown that the United Kingdom has used firearms licencing to eliminate the use of a firearm for self-defense. Of the British situation Dr. Malcolm writes:
Dr. Malcolm concluded:
Professor Malcolm's follow-up research ten years later showed:
When Mr. Harper declares, "we already register gun owners" he egregiously endorses a law that negates our means of self-defence and gives the Government the name and address of every licenced gun owner in Canada.
Are we to be so bold to think that we Canadians will not suffer the same fate as the licenced British gun owners? Do we presume to believe we can submit to licencing and somehow not be forced to surrender our firearms to the Government?
Licencing under Stephen Harper is not a "lesser evil." Mr. Harper's licensing law will kill us just like it is killing the British.
Edward B. Hudson
1. CUFOA NewsLetter August 2015
2. John Dixon, Off Target, originally published in the Globe and Mail
3. Canadian Firearms Center 2002 National Compliance Strategy;
4. Section 117, The Firearms Act, chapter 39, Statues of Canada - 1995; p. 54
5. Professor Gary Mauser, The Federal Firearm Licence Will Destroy Traditional Canada
6. Joyce Lee Malcolm, Guns and Violence, The English Experience, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002, pp. 162 -163
7. Joyce Lee Malcolm Two, Cautionary Tales of Gun Control, 26 December 2012