September – October 2020

Our History Leads Us Forward – As we roll through the middle of this most bizarre year of 2020, it is important to take stock of where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going.
The Liberals have not only imposed Bill C-71, featuring the return of long gun registration by stealth and the return of all of the other outrages of their civil disarmament program, they have also imposed their OIC banning over 1,500 firearms – registered and unregistered. However, the two-year amnesty, so graciously extended by the thieves and rights and freedoms hating ideologues currently occupying Ot-tawa, gives us the opportunity to start preparing for not only the defeat of the Liberal civil disarmament program, but the Liberal government itself. The two go hand in hand.

 

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July – August 2020

The Only Solution: The Liberals have prohibited, by Order in Council (OIC), over 1,500 firearms of a wide variety of types and configurations. Stripped of their majority government in the last election, the Liberals man-aged to eke out a minority government from ridings won in big-city Canada last November. With the ability to pass legislation without question or op-position taken away from them, they have employed the most insidious and slimy tools at their disposal to ban and confiscate your property, the OIC. At the time of this writing, the OIC list is still evolving and changing as the Liberals consult with the Coalition for Gun Control on just what property they want confiscated from you.

 

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May – June 2020

The COVID-19 virus has thrown a scare into the Canadian public. Besides the usual run on the stores for the necessities of life, one of the results of the virus’ appearance has been a run on firearms businesses nationwide for guns and ammunition. In recent days, firearm retailers have received many inquiries about purchasing guns and ammunition from unlicensed indi-viduals. Of course, they were promptly informed it is not lawful for them to purchase or possess them, and the months-long bureaucratic process they must endure to do so. On one hand, I honestly don’t under-stand why otherwise rational adults suddenly pick a time of uncertainty to panic and buy arms for their defense. On the other hand, I completely understand the concern. We’ve all been there. But it’s something which should be done with serious and sober reflection, not in the midst of some eleventh-hour crisis.

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March – April 2020

Once again, wild threats and rumours are circulating regarding the Liberal agenda on guns. Talk of bans, buybacks, prohibitions and all kinds of additional bureaucratic and regulatory malfeasance dominate blogs, websites and social media. Just to be clear, this new attack on the rights and property of Canadians was manufactured to divert attention away from real issues of national importance, and to indulge in a vanity issue popular with progressives and the civil disarmament lobby. Dangerous times and dangerous, irresponsible flights of fancy can have serious effects on the rights, freedoms and property of Canadians. This has nothing to do with public safety, there is no statistical or credible evidence to back these proposals and so claims of an exigent need for public safety are unfounded lies. Offers of buybacks are offensive in the extreme. How can you buy back something that was never yours, with…

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January – February 2020

The NFA has been vigorous in fighting against further unnecessary and ineffective firearms legislation. We had our Executive Director Charles Zach present in Toronto to present our views in opposition to the emotional and ignorant municipal gun control arguments. Our haters continue to blame firearms owners for the actions of criminal society – it’s completely unacceptable. I have heard some questioning why the NFA hasn’t stopped firearms legislation like Bill C-71, and perhaps impending additional legislation. The answer is that NFA doesn’t get to stop legislation – voters and political par-ties do, and there will very likely be an election within two years, so the work on that starts now.

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November – december 2019

New Challenges – It is fashionable in political circles these days to say, “Elections have consequences.” But it is true. The Liberals have formed a minority government in the 2019 elec-tion. It was a close election, and the situ-ation is similar to 2004. The Liberals have lost a majority government and now have a lame duck leader with less credibility in Canada and internation-ally than existed back then. The CPC has made gains. How long this Liberal PM and leader will last is in question. He is not an asset to the party. His inability to retain majority proves this and will not go unnoticed in the Liberal Party. A lot depends on the CPC now. They will need to continue to demonstrate in Parliament and from coast to coast that they are ready to govern.

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September-October 2019

Election Time – The next election is always the most important one. The 2019 Canadian federal election is certainly a critical one for firearm owners. We have already seen the designs of the Liberal, NDP and Greens in their nearunanimous calls for more gun control. While the other option can fairly be accused of short-term thinking on firearms law matters, clearly any electoral prospect which increases the likelihood of the current government and its fellow travellers remaining in power is unacceptable.

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July-August 2019

Canadian “Suppressors” – We all know suppressors are prohibited devices in Canada. Ask any politician why and they’ll be happy to tell you these devices are the choice of criminals because a suppressor equipped gun is as quiet as a mouse fart. They know thi because they’ve seen countless assassinations on TV and in movies. Of course, it’s all fiction, but believing fiction seems to be…

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May-June 2019

Practical Practice – Some of the best target shooters I know are the worst shots in a hunting situation. It’s not that they can’t shoot, the scores on their targets prove they can; it’s just that they haven’t practiced enough under hunting conditions. Having all the time in the world to find the X-ring on a piece of paper is much less stressful than having a big buck walk out on a cutline and offer…

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March-April 2019

I write this two days away from the deadline for rifle and shotgun registration in Quebec. With great fanfar, the Quebec provincial government has made amendments to its law in order to remove “irritants” to firearms owners. They really believe that this is a systems problem, which merely inconveniences people who might otherwise be coerced to comply. They seem to believe it is not a matter of principle. And how gracious of them that they would risk public safety itself just to make it “easier” to register a gun in Quebec. But at the end of the day, this is not really a subject for  any kind of levity. The deadline for…

 

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