My name’s _____________. I live at ________________.
I’m writing with a heavy heart today, as I just learned that the Liberal government has enacted a ban (without consultation of the RCMP or the rest of the cabinet) on over 1,500 forms of sporting rifles.
I hope to write this letter to present some non-emotionally charged facts, that may help you or anyone else to understand why this legislation makes me sad, as well as worried about the future. We’re not the United States, after all, and I can explain why below.
Fact 1: Canadian firearms owners are the most law abiding demographic out there, with every firearm owner undergoing a criminal license check every single day. This is performed by the RCMP through an electronic program. If any of us commits even a simple crime, such as shoplifting, or getting a DUI, our firearms are confiscated, immediately.
Fact 2: None of the firearms used in the recent (horrible) shooting in Novas Scotia were legal firearms. These were primarily imported from the states, none were registered, etc. The new gun ban will do zero to address shootings such as this.
Fact 3: The Honorable Brenda Lucki, commissioner of the RCMP, has said she does not support the ban, for a few stated reasons – including:
- Gang violence is the highest contributor to gun violence in the country. None of those guns are legal and criminals too not care or abide by more laws.
- The cost to taxpayers of a “buy back” program would be staggering, and if that money was used instead to target gang violence, and over the border smuggling of actual dangerous firearms, then there would be the potential to save lives, and not just gain election points.
Fact 4: I have attached a link to the public safety canada website covering the firearm ban. In true, accurate polling (not ipsos or other private polls, but actual govcan polls) there is an overwhelming sentiment against firearm bans in Canada from both owners and non-owners of firearms.
The specific poll images are below:
Finally, I would like to say that this is an expense we don’t need, as it will not do anything to solve any sort of crime rates or stop any sort of shooting deaths in this country, as it does not target anyone who would do that sort of thing to start with. We have an impeccable track record of safety in this demographic. IF there was a way to take guns away from all the criminals, I would throw my weight behind the effort 100%, as I would know all of the women/men/other in this country would do. We as firearm owners would stand behind it.
Please don’t let emotion rule a country. We need education, and not bias, to proceed properly and fight the evil in this world. I hope you’re with all of us, the RCMP, the legal firearm owners, and the majority of people not just in this province but in the rest of Canada in doing the correct thing, and not spending money and effort in the wrong places
Thanks so much,