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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Assault on democracy?

  A parliamentary e-petition sponsored by Conservative Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner that calls for the federal government to scrap its firearms ban has been certified with more than 230,000 signatures  The petition asks the prime minister to immediately scrap his "firearms confiscation regime," calling it "undemocratically imposed without debate during a pandemic while Parliament is suspended, [and] an assault on Canadian democracy."

The ' assault on Canadian democracy' is not the banning of these weapons of massive firepower but the support by an elected Canadian member of parliament for the continued availability of such weapons to the general public is questionable! It should come as no surprise to the average citizen that both the petition and the support for it is largely from the Alberta conservative U.S. loving crowd.

 Heidi Rathjen, a gun control activist and survivor of the 1989 Polytechnique massacre, pushed back against Rempel Garner's petition, saying the banned weapons are "designed to kill." "There's no ​​​legitimate justification for allowing that kind of power in the hands of ordinary civilians. These weapons belong to the military. These are weapons of war," Rathjen said. 

"They're not needed for hunting or even legitimate target practice … these are civilian versions of military weapons that, you know, many, if not most, have been put on the market in the last couple of decades." Following the Polytechnique massacre, Rathjen said students of the school garnered more than 500,000 signatures on a paper petition, signed by hand and gathered through regular mail, over a period of four months........

In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban on 1,550 makes and models of "assault-style" weapons in Canada. "These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time," he said at the time.

There are currently an estimated 125,000 or more of these weapons available to various Canadian citizens, it is unclear how many of these weapons are properly registered, and stored and how many are owned by those who own them for 'less than legitimate reasons' (is there a legitimate reason for other than military or police to have such a killing machine?)


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The Disaffected Lib said...

There are a lot of firearms owners, and I'm one, who agree with the federal policy on "black guns." It is undeniable that people buy them because they convey menace. Nobody should ever buy a gun to send a message to others. There's no place for that in our country.

If you don't think you look tough enough in your speedo that doesn't mean you should be allowed to sport a civilian version of a weapon purpose designed and built for one purpose, to kill other human beings. If anything, boosting your machismo, is precisely why you shouldn't be allowed anywhere near that weapon.

Some will claim it's a great hunting rifle. That's bullshit. A hunting rifle is about accuracy at medium to long distance. That a job for a bolt action rifle with a proper, multi-lug bolt. You won't see dirt-cheap, AR-15 knock offs winning shooting trophies.

A gun should never be an extension of some guy's dick.

Rural said...

Exactly, well said!