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

A Cancer of the Soul

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The Time for Sacrifice Has Arrived
           The Firearms Act, chapter 39, Statues of Canada -1995; p. 54
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, ... .

In 1995 the Liberal Government of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien presumed the authority to tell Canadian citizens whether or not they could possess a firearm to protect themselves, their family, or their property. In unprecedented, massive opposition responsible firearms owners invested seventeen years of their time, money, and efforts in electing a majority Conservative Government. Yet having acquired his long-sought goal, Prime Minister Harper now refuses to adhere to his own personal promise or to the Party’s Constitution and Policy.(1) Mr. Harper now proudly endorses the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act licencing scheme.(2)

Our political attempts to repeal the Firearms Act by political persuasion have failed. Under Mr. Harper’s Conservative Government the mere possession of a firearm without Government permission is still a crime.

If we – the older generation of firearms owners who grew up owning a .22 rifle - do not lead the fight to affect the repeal of this unjust law our children and grandchildren will grow up as subjects of the government instead of citizens.

In 1862 as the terrible slaughter of the American War Between the States was under way, John Stuart Mill wrote:

A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.(3)

Our time to fight has arrived.

We must place our own personal safety in harm’s way to save our Liberty.

We call on you to join us in refusing to submit to this unjust law.

But, paradoxically, in this fight to protect our Right to have ‘Armes for their Defense’, we call on you to fight our Government, not with your arms, but with your open, honest, peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience.

We call on you to join us in burning your firearms licence.

We also call on you to be prepared to sacrifice:

  • When you burn your licence you will be subject to arrest.
  • Your home will be subject to police invasion.
  • You will be subject to having your firearms confiscated.
  • And you will be subject to imprisonment.

In using peaceful civil disobedience to demand the repeal of the Firearms Act,
you will need:

  • the determination of Martin Luther King, Jr. who was arrested twenty-nine times in the fight of civil rights.
  • the tenacity of Nelson Mandela who endured twenty-seven years in prison.
  • the commitment of the Tibetan Buddhist monks who challenge Chinese rule.
  • the perseverance of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma who endured over fourteen years of ‘house arrest’.

You will also have to demonstrate:

  • the courage of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani school student and education activist shot by the Taliban.
  • the fearlessness of the young boy Hamza Ali al-Khateeb who was tortured and killed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  • the steadfastness of the Viet Nam Draft Resistors, young men like Richard M. Boardman and Tom Jarrell who were willing to go to prison.
  • the resolve of the Egyptian demonstrators who flooded into Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring.

You will have to exercise:

  • the devotion of Mahatma Gandhi who the British imprisoned three times during India’s thirty year battle for independence.
  • the doggedness of Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • the grit of the three young men who challenged Chinese communist authority in Tinnamen Square by throwing eggs on a picture of Mao Tse-tung.
  • the seriousness of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov who were sent to the gulag and internal exile in the Soviet Union.
  • the obstinacy of the women's suffragists in the United Kingdom who endured forced feeding while in prison.

And more importantly, you will have to display:

the chutzpah of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who dared to challenge Vladimir Putin’s iron rule in Russia.

The time for Sacrifice has now arrived here in Canada.

We implore you to join with us in defending our Rights and Freedoms.

Signed by:

Committed Unlicenced Participants

Joe Gingrich
Nipawin, Saskatchewan

Al Muir
Stellarton, Nova Scotia

Jack Wilson,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Kingsley, Beattie
Ottawa, Ontario

Edward Hudson
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Willy Floyd
Westbridge, British Columbia

Elaine Travis
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Earlene Hart
Burritts Rapids, Ontario

Med Crotteau
Edmonton, Alberta

Committed Supporters

Christopher di
Lytton, British Columbia

Bruce Mills
Hamilton, Ontario

Yvon Dionne
St-Damase-De-L’Islet, Quebec



1. The Conservatives’ Promises to Firearms Owners

2. The Conservatives’ Statements in Praise of the Licencing Mandate?of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, Bill C-68

3. John Stuart Mill, The Contest in America
Fraser’s Magazine (February 1862); later published in Dissertations and Discussions (1868), vol.1 p. 26


(a) Mahatma Gandhi - India

(b) Martin Luther King, Jr. – USA,_Jr.

(c) Rosa Parks - USA

(d) Malala Yousafzai - Pakistan

(e) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - USSR

(f) Andrei Sakharov - USSR

(g) Aung San Suu Kyi- Burma

(h) Viet Nam Draft Resistors – USA
Richard M. Boardman, Letter to Local Board No. 114 ;
Tom Jarrell, Confessions of a Two-Time Draft Card Burner
- reprinted in Civil Disobedience, Theory and Practice, ed. Hugo Adam Bedau, Pegasus, New York, 1969. p. 178 and p. 193

(i) Nelson Mandela – South Africa

(j) Buddist Monks – Tibet

(k) Tinnamen Square, The men who threw egg on Mao – China

(l) Pussy Riot - Russia

(m) Women suffrage – UK

(n) Torture of the child martyr - Syria -

(o) Egyptian women protest Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo - Egypt