Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Gun Nutz

So ask your self this, why is it okay for the State to regulate and control tobacco users, campaign for a smoke free environment for public health which impacts over 6 million Canadians, and everyone agrees, including the Conservatives to limit smokers liberties, but when it comes to guns and public health, well that's going to far. Yet the number of gun owners in Canada is only 2.3 million.

This vocal minority is punching far above its weight.
While the pro gun lobby claims it is defending long gun owners, the reality is that they are dominated by handgun collectors who would ultimately like to see the handgun registry and ban eliminated. Thats the real hidden agenda behind their fight against the Long Gun Registry.

"The government has admitted on three separate occasions . . . that since handgun registration was implemented in 1934, not one single crime in Canada has been solved using the national pistol registry."

--MP Garry Breitkreuz

Which is why you always see pictures of the gun nutz with their favorite weapon. And no it ain't a duck hunting shot gun.

A photo of Prof. Gary Mauser from the Canadian National Firearms Association (NFA) website. This photo has since been removed.

Aw shucks it might be incriminating given Gary's take off on Dirty Harry; "
Feeling lucky, punk? Well are ya?"

The Harpocrites are stacking their firearms advisory committee with folks like Gary. Including

The Conservative government's firearms advisory committee, appointed and operating in virtual secrecy, is made up almost entirely of pro-gun advocates opposed to the firearms registry.

Its dozen members include a man who argued that more guns in the hands of students would have helped in the recent Virginia Tech massacre, in which 32 people were killed, and another shooting aficionado who described a weapon used in last September's Dawson College killings in Montreal as "fun."

In background research obtained and confirmed by the Star, members of the Conservatives' committee have shown themselves to be vocal proponents of gun use.

"If even 1 per cent of the students and staff at Virginia Tech had been allowed to exercise their right to self defence, then this tragedy would have been stopped in its very beginning and dozens of lives would have been saved," Dr. Mike Ackermann, a Nova Scotia physician, wrote in a letter to the Ottawa Sun in April. "There are never any mass killings at shooting ranges; only at schools and other so-called `gun-free zones.'

Quack of the Week

Sounds like Dr. Mike is more interested in representing the St. Mary's Shooters Association (he is President), rather than the health interests of Canadians.

Gary Mauser, a Simon Fraser University professor renowned for his work opposing gun laws, wrote an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun in February: "Firearm laws divert scarce resources from alternative approaches that might actually improve public safety."

The Case of the Missing Canadian Gun Owners by Gary A Mauser ...

Gun Registration -- The Billion Dollar Boondoggle by Gary Mauser

Firearm Registration and the Slippery Slope in Canada

by Gary Mauser

The only apparent acknowledgment of the committee's membership was found in a letter by MP Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton Melville) to constituents in which he pointed to the makeup of the panel as evidence of the Tories' intent to be more gun friendly.

"In October, the minister's new firearms advisory committee met in Ottawa for the first time. The difference between the Liberal government and the Conservative government is obvious by the people that make up the committee," Breitkreuz wrote in the letter dated Dec. 15, 2006.

He named Ackermann, Mauser and 10 other members:

Tony Bernardo, Canadian Institute of Legislative Action.

Linda Thom, Olympic gold medallist in pistol shooting.

Alain Cossette, Quebec Wildlife Federation.

Greg Farrant, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Linda Baggaley, firearms expert and dealer from Alberta.

Stephen Torino, Quebec firearms expert and dealer.

Louis D'amour, New Brunswick firearms expert.

Gerry Gamble, Sporting Clubs of Niagara.

Robert Head, former RCMP assistant commissioner.

John Gayder, Niagara police.

Murray Grismer, Saskatoon police.

The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration
as approved by the Convention on March 19, 2005.
81. Firearms
A Conservative Government will repeal Canada's costly gun registry legislation and work with the provinces
and territories on cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals
while respecting the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly. Measures will
include: mandatory minimum sentences for the criminal use of firearms; strict monitoring of high-risk
individuals; crackdown on the smuggling; safe storage provisions; firearms safety training; a certification
screening system for all those wishing to acquire firearms legally; and putting more law enforcement officers on our streets.

Grassroots not for profit organization formed in 1998 to fight Bill C-68 (Firearms Act)

Ottawa rejects call for handgun ban
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day suggests such a move would be useless, and might do more harm than good.
We welcome this refreshing breath of truth and common sense. Now is a good time for all shooters to show their appreciation to the Honourable Public Safety Minister.

Dawson gun (Sensationalism) is all the rage

Bruce Gold
Feb. 15, 2007

Now lets look at the old committee and compare who is missing from the new advisory committee:

The User Group was established by the Minister of Justice in December 1995 after Bill C-68 received royal assent. The members are representatives of the firearms community and the regular administrators of the legislation. The Group is composed of hunters, target shooters, collectors, range operators, businesses, safety instructors, wildlife representatives, outfitters and law enforcement officials.
Jim Adam
Ronald Gibson
Christina Ashcroft
Linda Baggaley
Jim Bouchard
Terry Burns
Don Cameron
Eric Goodwin
Art King
Dave Paplawski
Gerry Pyke
Steve Torino, Chair
Chris Widrig

Some of the Governments Firearm advisory committee members also sit on the Firearms registry PAC. It at least is balanced between pro and anti gun spokespeople. But that could change.

The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is a key element of the Action Plan that was announced in February 2003, by the Solicitor General of Canada and the Minister of Justice. The Committee is comprised of experienced individuals outside of government who provide ongoing advice on policy, program and administrative matters and who serve on a voluntary basis. The Commissioner of Firearms chairs the PAC.

Program Advisory Committee Members

Linda Baggaley
President, Bud Haynes Auctions
Red Deer, Alberta

Linda Baggaley is President of Bud Haynes Auctions in Red Deer, Alberta the oldest established Gun Auction in Canada. Linda is also a charter member of the Canadian Auctioneers Association. She is a former member of the Minister's User Group on Firearms.

Jim Bouchard
Radville, Saskatchewan

Mr. Bouchard, a former member of the Minister's User Group on Firearms, is the owner and operator of a 1700-acre grain and cattle farm in southeast Saskatchewan.

Wendy Cukier
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Cukier is a tenured professor at Ryerson University; in addition, she is the coordinator for the Small Arms/Firearms Education Research Network and volunteer President of the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control.

David Griffin
Executive Officer
Canadian Professional Police Association
Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Griffin is responsible for the implementation of the Canadian Professional Police Association's justice reform agenda and the government and public advocacy program. He also manages the Association's affairs.

Peter E. Larson
Executive Vice-President
Public Policy Forum
Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Larson has extensive experience working with both the public and private sectors and has authored or directed a large number of studies and research reports concerning a wide range of public administration issues.

Marilou McPhedran
Toronto, Ontario

Ms. McPhedran is a lawyer, consultant, and volunteer for many causes that focus on equality and health. She is the co-founder and past Chair of the Board of Metrac – the Metro Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children.

Leslie A. Pal
Director, School of Public Policy and Administration
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Pal is the author, co-author or editor of 19 books and his consulting practice includes work with the Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration and the Open Society Institute (Budapest), the World Bank and the Hong Kong Civil Service Training and Development Institute.

Dave Paplawski
Conservation Education Coordinator
Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association
Calgary, Alberta

Mr. Paplawski is a former Alberta government employee who now is the Conservation Education Coordinator for the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association in Calgary. AHEIA coordinates the delivery of provincial hunter safety instruction and our Canadian Firearms Safety Courses. He is a former member of the Minister's User Group on Firearms.

Robert Simon
Director General, Centre de prévention du suicide
Chicoutimi, Québec

Dr. Simon is Director General of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Suicide Prevention Centre and has worked with wildlife and outdoor groups to stress the importance of safe firearms storage.

Peter Sorensen
President, PRP International Inc.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Mr. Sorensen has extensive experience in project management, including serving as the Government of Canada project leader for the Confederation Bridge Project.

Stephen Torino
Montreal, Quebec

Mr. Torino, the former Chair of the Minister's User Group on Firearms, is a chartered accountant and long-time firearms' collector and target shooter. In addition, he has held numerous executive positions in trapshooting and collecting associations.

Vince Westwick
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Westwick is General Counsel of the Ottawa Police Service. A former police officer, he is Co-chair of the Law Amendments Committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

Alan Winberg
Senior Visiting Fellow, Public Management
Canadian Centre for Management Development
Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Winberg has served in different Assistant Deputy Minister positions at Human Resources Development Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat. He has also held senior positions in a number of other government departments.

Gun Control: 16 Years Later


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McGuire said...

Lemme answer your question with a question. I believe in the past you've spoken in favour of legalizing pot b/c prohibition doesn't work.

WHy then do you believe prohibition will work in the case of handguns, when it hasn't for pot?? Seems a little inconsistent.

(for the record, I support legalizing pot myself)

eugene plawiuk said...

Because drugs don't kill people prohibition does. Guns on the other hand are made for one reason and one reason only, to kill. Apples and tomatoes.

eugene plawiuk said...

Of course I am harsh on the gun nutz cause I grew up with them, and knew many whose Republican politics made them more American than most Americans, and they supported the Reform Party. While most gun collectors have plenty of rifles they really love their handguns and their automatic weapons, machine gunds etc.
Most are pro-cop, pro-military, and thus end up being Militia minded right wingers.

I thought it was interesting as I perused my old pals web sites, like Dave Tomlinson of the NFA, that they promote hand guns more so than those long rifles and shot guns that their much beloved farmers and hunters use.

Gerald Wry said...

1. Libertarianism and left wing socialism/communism/liberalism do not mix very well.

2. Stating that guns are only made to kill is inane and obvious. It would be better to address whether or not killing is bad. (for the record, I don't believe all killing is bad. Some people need killing.)

3. To have a libertarian view of drug control and a socialist view of gun control is hypocrisy. (I think both should be legal to own unrestricted and users punished severly for misuse)

4. The anti-American comments are really unnecessary and small minded.

5. I hope as a educator, you present information without bias. If you taught the crap you post here to my son without a balancing argument, I would be pissed.

6. For the record, I am a firearms enthusiast. I am not pro-cop (the term elitist parasite comes to mind)nor do I subscribe to the "militia" mentality. Self sufficiency and pure libertarianism are the order of the day for me.