Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association
Operation Nail It to the Door
The Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association launched Operation
Nail It to the Door last weekend in Consort, Alberta. This initiative
is the gathering of signatures of firearms owners who publicly affirm that
they will engage in peaceful, non-violent acts of civil disobedience to
repeal Bill C-68. Throughout the remainder of this year CUFOA members will
collect signatures to take to Parliament, not as a petition, but as a simple
statement of fact: Bill C-68 is an unjust law. The first stage of this protest
will cumulate on Parliament Hill on the First of January 2003 when CUFOA
President Jim Turnbull will personally nail the Declaration of Non-Compliance
to the doors of Parliament in a public display of civil disobedience.
President Turnbull is inviting as many fellow firearms owners as possible
to collect signatures and accompany him to Ottawa. This is the beginning
of a active campaign of civil disobedience to the Firearms Act, the ultimate
goal being the repeal of Bill C-68.
While all members of this new association are committed to peaceful, non-violent
civil disobedience, President Turnbull stated that not does not mean that
everyone will be sent to prison for refusing to register their firearms.
Mr Turnbull explained that civil disobedience takes many forms, both direct
civil disobedient against the specific terms of the law, and indirect public
action undertaken to call attention to the unjustness of the law. While
some members may publicly refuse to register their firearms, that is not
the only available means of protest. Indirect acts of civil disobedience,
such as committing illegal trespass on government property, can demonstrate
opposition to Bill C-68.
We need to face the facts, Turnbull stated. The government set
the terms for this struggle. Bill C-68 mandates ten years in prison for
refusal to comply. A simple, insignificant paper violation of the
Firearms Act has very serious consequences. The government is using our
tax money to repress dissent. While we volunteer our time to protest this
unjust law, our tax-paid government workers stand ready to put us in jail.
Therefore we must be creative in our efforts. We need to show people that
wholesome, peaceful civil disobedience can be effective. Appropriately applied,
civil disobedience is a well accepted method of dialogue.
Turnbull concluded, We are going to publicly state our objection to this
law any way we can. Everyone who believes in liberty should be willing to
spend one or two nights in a local jail cell. If we lose a weekend or two
to protect our country's culture and heritage, that is a very small price
to pay. Canadians have always been ready to protect liberty.