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.
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.
The Harpocrites are stacking their firearms advisory committee with folks like Gary. Including
Now lets look at the old committee and compare who is missing from the new advisory committee:
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."
by Gary Mauser
The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration
as approved by the Convention on March 19, 2005.
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.
LUFAGrassroots not for profit organization formed in 1998 to fight Bill C-68 (Firearms Act)CSSA
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.
Feb. 15, 2007
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.
Steve Torino, Chair
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
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.
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.
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.
Canadian Professional Police Association
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
Public Policy Forum
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.
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
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.
Conservation Education Coordinator
Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association
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.
Director General, Centre de prévention du suicide
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.
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.
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.
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
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.
Senior Visiting Fellow, Public Management
Canadian Centre for Management Development
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.
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