Firearms Owners Association
13 February 2012
Ms. Candice Hoeppner, MP, CPC, Portage-Lisgar
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Dear Ms. Hoeppner,
In your presentation on Bill C-19 at the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation in Lloydminster last Saturday you spoke of “licencing” and “strong, effective, efficient” means of making Canadians safer. Licencing has been a “non-starter” for responsible firearms owners since Jean Chrétien’s Liberals introduced the concept in the Firearms Act (infamous Bill C-68) in 1995. The Liberals’ licencing scheme unjustly attempts to deny our Canadian history of responsible firearms ownership and destroys a very significantly important part of our Canadian culture.
Not just Americans have a “history” of the possession and use of firearms in North America. We need look no further than the two World Wars to see just how important our Canadian culture of the responsible possession and use of firearms is to our freedom. In both of these wars, Canadians proficient in the use of firearms were “in the trenches” (and foxholes) several years before our American cousins arrived in Europe and Asia.
Moreover up until 1995 responsible Canadians had the Right to acquire and possess firearms. When former Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Liberals rammed the Firearms Act through Parliament in their attempt to obliterate the recognition of that freedom, “gun control” suddenly became “people control” with the licencing of honest, responsible firearms owners.
Rather than trying in vain to licence every honest, responsible citizen
of Canada who owns a firearm, we believe that it makes more sense, and
would be far more cost efficient and effective, to make a list of those
people in Canada who are obviously too dangerous to possess a firearm.
This Firearms Prohibition Registry (FPR)1,
a registry of convicted violent criminals and persons prohibited by court
order from possessing firearms, would contain much fewer names –
and thus be much more manageable – than a list of the three, four,
or five million honest people who own guns responsibly.
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association