Firearms Owners Association
Col. Williams; the New Standard for Licencing
When misguided Canadians surrendered their Right to have ‘Armes for their Defense’ and applied for a federal firearms licence they thought that their firearms would be safe from government seizure and confiscation.
Well unfortunately for everyone in Canada who has a firearms licence, when Canadian Forces Colonel Russell Williams pled guilty to murdering two women he blew those blind suppositions to pieces.
While Mr. Harper and his so-called Conservative government talk long and loud about continuing their campaign of “scraping the long gun registry”,(1) Mr. Harper has also been steadfast in his endorsement of “enhanced licencing”. (2), (3)
Now that Col. Williams has shown that even a “high raking, motivated, exceptional officer” is capable of committing heinous crimes, that “enhanced licence” bar will have to be raised as a forensic psychiatrist has noted:
To prevent someone like Col. Williams – the former commanding officer of Canadian Forces Base Trenton - from obtaining a firearms licence the Government will need to add a new questions that will pry even deeper into Canadians’ personal lives.
If you have ever looked at an issue of Playboy or Victoria’s Secret, how do you expect to pass the “enhanced” test that will obviously have to be designed to weed-out such covert, sadistic killers as Col. Williams?
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
2. It is the recommendation of this Committee to enhance the existing firearms licensing system ... The system will feature a more robust screening process by permitting more direct police involvement in the initial vetting of applicants.
3. Gun control measures in Canada continue
to include the requirement for gun owners to undergo a background check,
pass a firearms safety training course, and hold a valid firearms licence
before being able to acquire and possess firearms and to acquire ammunition.
4. Dr. Julian Gojer, a forensic psychiatrist
with Toronto Western Hospital …