Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis

A Cancer of the Soul

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Tuesday, 05 July 2011

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, MP
2325 Preston Ave., Unit 71 Mk. Mall
Saskatoon Saskatchewan S7J 2G2

Dear Ms. Yelich,

In a recent criminal trial Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Menzies stated:

I can’t think of a better reason to be carrying a gun — people have shot at me before.1

Yet because the Firearms Act, section 117 asserts:

The Governor in Council may make regulations
(a) regarding the issuance of licenses, authorization certificates and authorizations, including regulation respecting the purposes for which they may be issued ... and prescribing the circumstances in which persons are or are not eligible to hold licences; ...
(c) prescribing the circumstances in which an individual does or does not need firearms
(1) to protect the life of that individual, ... .2

and because, upon this unjust Act, the Criminal Code now makes the mere possession of a firearm a criminal offence, Justice Menzies had to find the defendant guilty.

This case vividly illustrates why the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act is so unjust. By the Firearms Act, the Government presumes to decide when - and if - we need a firearm to protect ourselves – even in our own home.

The right to life is our most fundamental human right and without it all of our other civil rights mean nothing. The right to life confers the right to preserves one's own life. For the right to self-defense to have any meaning it must therefore include the right to procure a method, an avenue, or an instrument with which to defend one's life. The judge correctly implied that the firearm is the most cost effective instrument to protect ones' self. That's why the police carry guns.

Self-protection is also why the English Declaration of Rights of 1689, an integral part of our Canadian Constitution, our heritage, our history, and our Canadian culture, clearly declares that we "may have arms for their defence”.

Canadians have a right to armed self-defense and it's time for this civil right to be recognized by all Canadians. I trust that I can count upon your support in repealing of all of the Firearms Act and its attendant Criminal Code provisions.

Sincerely Yours,

Joe Gingrich, DDS
White Fox, Saskatchewan S0E 1E0

1. Judge blasts mandatory gun sentences in ruling

2. The Firearms Act, chapter 39, Statues of Canada -1995; p. 5