Firearms Owners Association
The Firearms Advisory Committee Is Destroying Us
Wendy Cukier, President of the Coalition for Gun Control, outdid even herself this year and orchestrated a major news media coup just in time for the annual December 06 Quebec remembrance of the tragedy at École Polytechnique. With her usual hyperbole - “Gun control advocate fears new tragedy”(2) - Ms. Cukier even had Prime Minister Stephen Harper standing in Parliament delivering:
Ms. Cukier must be extremely proud. She is the public face of the insidious, covert forces that seek to destroy the private ownership of firearms in Canada. And in spite of her charade of crocodile tears and the public gnashing of her teeth over the demise of the “long gun registry”, Ms. Cukie knows full well that Mr. Harper’s Government is now helping to accomplish that goal.
What Ms. Cukie knows – and what every responsible firearms owner needs to know – is that this past April when Mr. Harper scraped the “long-gun registry”, the Conservatives publically endorsed the most destructive part of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act. That Act, and its attendant changes to the Criminal Code were monumental; making odious changes to our long-establish Canadian tradition and culture. This ignoble law makes the mere possession of a firearm – any firearm – a criminal offence. For the first time in our history the simple possession of a .22 Cooey rifle that so many of us used as kids to shoot fruit jars in the pasture can now send a person to prison for ten years – unless the person has submitted to this unjust law and sought permission and received a licence from the federal Government to possess that piece of property.(3) If we do not succeed in demanding that Mr. Harper and the Conservatives repeal the licencing component of the Firearms Act, then our proud Canadian history and culture of responsible firearms ownership is dead.
This is the bare, naked, indisputable, unvarnished truth.
Licencing will kill the ownership of firearms in Canada.
Every one of Minister Toews’ 14-member Firearms Advisory Committee knows that to be true. They know that because Dr. Gary Mauser sits on that committee. And surely Dr. Mauser has told them the story of how to boil frogs – and firearms owners. To boil a frog you need to turn up the heat slowly; you do it incrementally; and you do it relentlessly over time. The Government is killing firearms ownership the same way.
Yet inexplicably, the Firearms Advisory Committee with which Ms. Cukie pretends to be so incensed, recommends licencing. Mr. Toews’ handpicked committee wants to make licensing more palatable to gun owners by making licence renewal necessary every ten years rather than the current five-year renewal.(1)
Listen to what Dr. Mauser says:
The Government does not need to have the registration number of every firearm in Canada. The licencing of firearms owners gives the Government all the firearms information they need. Remember this law demands that every licenced gun owner report to the police when they move to a new location. Licencing - a list of the name and address of every gun owner in Canada – gives Ms. Cuklie exactly what she desires; control of gun owners:
So whether it is a five-year licence or a ten-year licence – either way we are all kaput.
Saskatoon Police Detective Sergeant Murray Grismer, a longtime member of the Firearms Advisory Committee, is an exceedingly forceful, very outspoken proponent of the pretentious licencing scheme.(5) Sergeant Grismer once described firearms owners as:
Under Sergeant Grismer’s tutelage the Firearms Advisory Committee has been acting like frightened, abused, degraded children. In their Chamberlain-like appeasement in accepting licencing while proclaiming to be “working for gun owners” they are killing the ownership of firearms.
This committee needs to break out of their self-imposed, self-destructive bondage. If this committee wants to serve Canadians faithfully they must start defending the most vital Right a person can possess – our Right of self-preservation.
This committee must denounce licencing – even if it means their dismissal.
1. Harper says he won't relax prohibited weapons, rejects advice of advisory
2. Gun control advocate fears new tragedy
3. Criminal Code section 91(1); Firearms Law Canada
4. Dr Gary Mauser, Boiling Frogs – and Gun Owners
5. Saskatoon Police Detective Sergeant Murray Grismer
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
BY BRUCE CHEADLE,
THE CANADIAN PRESS
DECEMBER 6, 2012
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued an unexpected rebuke to his government's own firearms advisory committee, rejecting its recommendations and suggesting the group's membership may need revisiting.
Documents obtained by the Coalition for Gun Control reveal the committee advising Public Safety Minister Vic Toews wants some prohibited weapons, including hand guns and assault rifles, reclassified to make them more easily available.
The 14-member group is also pushing to make firearm licences good for at least 10 years, rather than the current five — a measure opposed by police who say the five-year renewals are a chance to weed out unstable gun owners.
Coming on the anniversary of Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique massacre — in which 14 young women died at the hands of a deranged gunman — the documents provided opposition MPs with new ammunition to fire at a government that earlier this year repealed and destroyed the federal long-gun registry.
But even as gun enthusiasts cheered the proposed reforms Thursday on online message boards, Harper was pouring cold water on the committee in the House of Commons.
"Let me be as clear as I can be," the prime minister said in response to a question from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
"Prohibited weapons exist as a category under the law for essential reasons of public security. The government has absolutely no intention of weakening that category of protections."
Harper stressed repeatedly that the recommendations contained in a March 2012 "memorandum for the minister" are not government policy.
And when interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae suggested the government's advisory committee — which is dominated by sport shooting enthusiasts and those opposed to gun control — needed wider representation, including from police chiefs, those fighting domestic violence and groups dealing with suicide prevention, Harper all but agreed.
"I will take the advice of the leader of the Liberal party under consideration," Harper responded.
"I'm obviously very concerned with some of the recommendations made in that report, and I think the committee does need some re-examination in that light."
The prime minister's comments will certainly be a come-down for gun enthusiasts who were cheering a Toronto Star report of the committee recommendations earlier Thursday.
"A shocking outbreak of common sense? What are they drinking in Ottawa these days?" said one poster on Outdoorsmenforum.ca.
"This is great!! I am so glad we have a government that has some common sense ... at least for now," wrote another.
Conservatives used the Liberal long-gun registry as a prime fundraising tool and rural electoral wedge issue for more than a decade. But now that the registry is gone, the government appears to be playing down further changes — at least for broad public consumption.
Two important developments this fall, the final destruction of all gun registry data outside Quebec and the further postponement of gun-marking regulations, were proactively announced by the government to the gun lobby but not to a national audience via the news media.
Toews' firearms advisory committee is co-chaired by Steve Torino, the president of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.
It includes prominent anti-registry advocates including Tony Bernardo, a self-described gun-rights champion with Torino's CSSA; Greg Farrant of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters; Linda Thom, an Olympic gold medallist in pistol shooting; and Niagara police constable John Gayder, an advocate who has written pieces such as "Is Modern Gun Control Hazardous to Police?" which posits that gun control "will prove to be as disastrously misguided as leech therapy, shock treatment and Thalidomide were to the field of medicine."
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has actively lobbied to be represented on the committee, without success.
"The CACP is very interested in being represented on this committee, as this would provide you with timely and balanced advice on firearms issues from the leading law enforcement organization in Canada," the association's president, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, wrote to Toews two weeks after the May 2011 election.
Rae emerged from the Commons to suggest the prime minister "has learned something from this experience."
"This is an area where frankly the public does not share the ideological enthusiasm of the Conservative back bench," Rae said.
"People are just not interested in increasing access to weapons. They're interested very much in reducing access to dangerous firearms."
Both Harper and Toews stressed the Conservative government's firearm focus is now on tougher sentences for gun-related convictions.
"We've made it very clear that we see no benefit to the long-gun registry," Toews told the Commons.
"However, what we have indicated is that we must continue to implement measures that in fact target the criminal use of firearms."
The Public Safety minister also noted that firearms crime rates are at their lowest in 50 years.
The homicide rate from guns is down 30 per cent since 2008, Toews added, "because of the very strong measures that this government has taken against the criminal use of firearms," drawing a huge round of applause and desk thumping from the Conservative benches.
Gun control advocate fears new tragedy
Published on Thursday December 06, 2012
Advocate Wendy Cukier of Ryerson University says she'll keep fighting to preserve what is left of gun control.
By Catherine Porter
He shot the first one, Maryse Laganière, in the hall. He then proceeded to classroom 303, where he demanded the female students be separated from the men.
“I want the women. You’re all a bunch of feminists,” he said. He lined the girls up against the wall and shot them.
“I hate feminists.”
By the time he was done, Lépine had murdered 14 women. He then turned his gun on himself.
That gun, a Sturm Ruger Mini-14, was a semi-automatic hunting rifle. Lépine bought it at a sports store in downtown Montreal two weeks before. He told the store clerk he was going after “just small game.”
It was easy for Lépine to buy that gun. He needed only to show
he had no record of violent crime or mental health problems and hand over
$10. That got him a firearms acquisition certificate. The gun and ammunition
cost him $765. If he’d had more money, he could have bought a bouquet
of guns and no one would have known.
Cukier is the vice-president of research and innovation at Ryerson University’s
school of management. She is also the president of the country’s
gun control lobby. She launched the Coalition for Gun Control in the weeks
following the Montreal Massacre.
You need to take a training course, for one. You need to renew your licence every five years and produce it to buy ammunition. When you apply for a licence, your spouse is alerted.
Because of Cukier, every legal long gun in Canada was registered. That meant that unlike in Lépine’s era, police knew who owned 7.1 million rifles and shotguns.
Until last month. That’s when Public Safety Minster Vic Toews’ spokesperson announced gleefully that those records, except the ones from Quebec, had been destroyed.
The government, she said, was proud.
What’s worse, this year the Conservative government cut any screening that happened at the gun sales counter. Sales clerks no longer have to verify a gun licence before selling a rifle or shotgun. And the government has forbidden them from recording the names of purchasers, a law that had been in place for 35 years. So, the police trail on any rifle or shotgun will now go cold at the hunting shop.
Gun owners will no longer be hounded by bureaucracy. They can freely hunt their small game.
The gun lobby has always argued that the registry would not have saved those 14 young women. It wouldn’t have prevented Lépine from carrying out his deranged plan.
They are right. Police didn’t need to trace that gun back to Lépine. They found it near his body.
But the registry saved the lives of many, many other women. By Cukier’s count, statistically, it has saved more than 600 lives every year in Canada.
“That’s a fairly significant drop,” Cukier told me from her office at Ryerson. “If you achieved a reduction of 50 per cent of people killed in any other circumstance — cancer, car crashes — people would proclaim it a huge success and ask what else we could do.”
Take the Sudbury woman breaking up with her husband in January. Newspaper accounts say he roared away from police, distraught, with a shotgun in his car. When police found him at home, their search turned up three guns. But the registry revealed he had another. Police removed a 12-gauge shotgun two days later. Perhaps he wouldn’t have used any of those guns. But maybe, just maybe, he would have.
Then, there’s Heather Imming, the Ottawa woman whose former husband Bill beat her with a tire iron to within an inch of her life. The reason he didn’t kill her, she says, is police had seized his two guns — an AK-47 and another long gun.
“I firmly believe that if they hadn’t taken the guns, I would not be here,” she told the Star two years ago.
Then there is Arlene May. She was a single mom in Craigleith, Ont., shot in the chest twice by her estranged lover Randy Iles in 1996. He was on bail for a laundry list of heinous charges against her.
One of his conditions was not to have any firearms. But the Oshawa gun
dealer didn’t verify his permit, so no flags went off, and that
was that. May became small game.
Every Dec. 6 since Lépine walked into the Polytechnique is a sorrowful day. But this year’s unstitching of its legacy makes it doubly tragic.
“I just hope we don’t have to witness another tragedy for Canadians to know what is at stake,” Cukier says.
Cukier will go to a memorial today, as she does every year. She says she will keep on fighting against the Conservative plan to dismantle what’s left of gun control in this country.
We should all help her.