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June 6, 2014

Moncton RCMP Shooting: Is the NFA’s wading into the fray the right thing to do?



As most already know, this past Wednesday evening saw 3 RCMP members shot dead, with more wounded.

The entire city of Moncton, put on lockdown until police finally captured their intended target late Thursday, finally resumed more normal operation. Government buildings and schools closed for the manhunt reopened. Residents,prevented from returning to their homes due to police barricades finally made it back to worried loved ones.

The alleged killer, identified as Justin Bourque, is according to the media a “gun nut” which all but guarantees a fresh wave of attacks on Canada’s law-abiding firearm owners.

With that context in place it is valid to question whether the NFA, which bills itself as Canada’s “largest and most effective advocacy organization representing the interests of firearms owners and users“, press release denouncing both the “clearly deranged individual” and Canada’s gun laws was prudent.

It is clear that Canada’s excessive firearms control system has failed again,” they wrote the day after the shootings and before Justin Bourque’s apprehension.

The largest and most effective pro-gun organization in history has one simple rule when mass shootings occur: Say Nothing.

The NRA’s policy of silence in the wake of these tragedies seems both wise and prudent.

The NFA chose the death of 3 RCMP members as a vehicle to complain about Canada’s gun laws.

In doing so they (unwittingly or intentionally?) danced on the graves of the dead for political points. We despise Windy Wendy and her ilk doing that. Now we’ve become her.

Is that really what we want?

Yours in Liberty,

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May 7, 2014

Welcome to the Firearms Community by Dr. Mike Ackermann

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The following is from a post on Facebook by Dr. Mike Ackermann in response to a question from a new shooter about what she should do before purchasing her first firearm. I believe it is a “must-read” for everyone, shooter or not.

1) All lawful shooters are our friends.

I support them all, even if someone else’s sport is something I do not personally like. For example, I don’t particularly like trophy hunting, but as long as it is done ethically and legally I realize that it adds financial value to maintaining healthy animal populations and ecosystems, creates jobs in otherwise impoverished areas, and huge injections of funds into local economies and conservation programs.

2) There is no such thing as a bad gun.

Guns have no volition of their own. They are just tools that will do what we ask of them. There is a huge range of interest in everything from single shot black powder antique muzzle loaders to fully auto, belt fed, crew served machine guns, and everything in between. All lawful gun use is good, even those activities I personally have no time for, interest in, or money for, and I support them all.

3) Guns are designed for a single purpose, and that is NOT “to kill”.

Guns are designed to launch projectiles in order to protect human and livestock life from predation, to provide food for the table, to help their owners win competitions, and to advance the engineering evolution of the industry. They are no more purposefully designed kill than are knives or baseball bats.

4) Assault is a verb, not an adjective.

There is no such thing as an “assault weapon“. That is a term invented by the anti-gun lobby to besmirch us in the minds of the non-shooters and to make them fear us. The proper terms are “modern battle rifle“, “personal defense firearm“, and “modern sporting rifle“.

5) Anything is a weapon when used to assault someone or some animal.

The anti-gun lobby has called our tools “weapons” for a couple decades now. We should not help them denigrate us. I call my guns “guns” or “firearms“.

6) Guns do not have morality.

Anything can be used for good, unintentionally misused to cause harm, or intentionally abused for evil. The gun has no morality and is vastly more often safely used than misused or abused.

7) Firearms are the Great Equalizer.

Guns are the only tools that allow the old, the ill, the weak, the small, the female, and the few to effectively defend themselves against the young, healthy, strong, large, male mob intent on harming them.

8) Police have no Magic Abilities or Special Powers.

A cop is just a high school graduate who passed a security check, with 20 hours of firearm training divided into 15 hours classroom and 5 hours on the range. They have no special secret powers. Most never handle their firearms outside of mandatory annual qualifications that require them to hit a human sized target from contact range to 7 meters.

Compared to this, most lawful shooters will have much broader and deeper knowledge and experience with firearms than the police. The lawful gun owner is 1/3 as likely as the general population and 1/2 as likely as the police to ever be involved in criminal violence.

The public has no problem allowing the police to carry guns in public and yet for some strange reason the thought of one of us doing so has them, the police, quaking in fear.

When someone calls 911, what they want is for someone else to bring a gun to their aid; a gun that would be much more useful in their hand at the moment when they are in the act of being attacked than in the holster of a cop who is, at best, several minutes away.

The bad guy is always the one to choose the time, manner, and place of their attack, and they will always do so to maximize their chances of success, not yours or the police’s.

If all you do is call 911, you will wait the rest of your tragically prematurely truncated life for help that will inevitably arrive in time to gather evidence from your body for presentation in court later.

9) Concealed Carry of Firearms Saves Lives

Every jurisdiction that has gotten out of the way of lawful, trained, effective personal defense (AKA concealed carry) has seen huge declines in criminal violence.

All the mass killings are in “Gun-Free Zones“. 95% of violence in America occurs in 5% of the land area, and those areas are typically “gun free” inner city.

10) “If it just saves one life then it’s worth it” is a propaganda slogan.

The anti-gun lobby attempts to claim the moral high ground, stating that “if it just saves one life then it’s worth it” to destroy the rights of millions to effectively defend themselves in order to futilely abuse the legal process to try to stop a few murders, and at a huge cost in life and freedom.

The anti-gun lobby projects their own terrified self-image onto us. They are the ones who would be dangerous with a gun, who are filled with impotent rage, not us.

Thus endeth today’s lesson. I hope you find it informative.

Your homework, should you so desire is to read this:

Best regards, and welcome again!

Wisdom-from-Dr-Mike-Ackermann-02M.J. Ackermann, MD (Mike)
Rural Family Physician,
Box 13, 120 Cameron Rd.
Sherbrooke, NS
Canada B0J 3C0
Phone: 902-522-2172


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September 3, 2012

Wendy Cukier’s dangerous fallacy that women can’t defend themselves


“Windy Wendy” Cukier

Women like Wendy Cukier are dangerous.

Wendy Cukier of Canada’s Coalition for Gun Control is one of those individuals who believe the entire world should be run to fit her personal desire, and that’s a very dangerous thing. Yes, to guys like me who happen to like guns, to be sure, but she is far more dangerous to woman than she will ever be to me or any other man and our guns.

While I don’t agree with Susan B. Anthony on a number of subjects, on the subject of self-defense she is definitely right on target.

I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.

A person is not protected by rendering them defenseless.

The paradox of Cukier’s position on “gun control” is that she actually achieves the exact opposite of what she claims she wants: women to be protected from violence.

In saying that self-defense is not a legitimate use of firearms, Wendy Cukier disempowers women the world over.

Instead of hating inanimate objects (firearms) perhaps Ms. Cukier ought to instead hate the human behavior that would subjugate women.  Instead of hating “violence against women” no matter how worthy that may appear on the surface, perhaps she ought to work on actually empowering women to defend themselves appropriately in the face of an abusive man.

Instead of stripping women of the very firearms they can handle effectively, short-barreled handguns that are now effectively banned in Canada thanks to Cukier’s efforts, she ought to be leading gun safety classes at the local shooting range.

The fallacy that we will ever disarm violent criminals and other evildoers is just that: a fallacy… a pipe dream… a false hope that can never, ever be realized.

Bad people will ALWAYS get guns if that’s what they want.  And who do the good people call when they’re confronted with some violent person with a gun?

Another person with a gun.  We call these people “police”. (more…)

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April 18, 2012

Wendy Cukier & Heidi Rathjen, Join The Gun Registration Certificate Burning Party!


That’s right… folks across the nation are having parties to burn their long gun registration certificates.  It’s the best way I can think of to celebrate one small step in the proper direction for the rights of Canadians when it comes to firearms.  I wish I’d thought of it before I received Mike Ackermann’s photos. All of mine apparently had an accident involving a shredder…

Dr. Mike Ackermann, pictured here, posted a series of photos of his own personal gun registry certificates bonfire on Facebook two days ago.  Along with the photos he has a running commentary of why he’s burning his certificates, along with a description of why he built a house of cards out of them first.

So I made this house of cards of my registration certificates, to represent the Firearms Act and its useless gun registry that provides only illusory security. Note that just like Allan Rock and his ilk who lied to parliament to fraudulently enact this house of cards, I have also cheated by using tape to hold it together. Without ever increasing amounts of red tape and sculduggery, this monument to political foolishness would never have held together as long as it did.

The latest party I’ve been made aware of is in Williams Lake, British Columbia.  The fine folks from the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association have decided to invite the world to join them as they celebrate Canada’s baby steps toward Freedom.

Being good-natured, they sent the following invitation to Wendy Cukier and her Coalition for Gun Control.  They have not yet heard back from Wendy, and I doubt she will be attending. (more…)

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December 11, 2011

Candice Hoeppner calls the head of Police Chief’s union a liar


It’s a beautiful sight to behold and caught on video for all time… the mouthpiece for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Mario Harel, blathered on about how there were now over 17,000 queries to the gun registry today.

He then admits, for the very first time that I am aware of, that most of these are what he calls “auto-queries.”

Those of us on “this” side of the gun registry argument have long held that this number was fabricated and that police computers were coded to force the spike in numbers so the CACP and others could use the bogus stats to bolster their argument for keeping the dead albatross hanging around the necks of law-abiding firearm owners.

We knew this to be true years ago because Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz had documented this through Access to Information requests and had delivered that information to both Parliament as well as gun owners like me.

We did our part to make the truth known for years, but the media, of course, believed the lies from mouthpieces like Mario Harel instead of well-documented proof that these numbers were intentionally manufactured.

So it was with great glee that I watched the video below of Candice Hoeppner verbally roasting of the head of the CACP for lying to the public.

It’s a beautiful sight to behold and one I’ll savour for a very long time.

Well done, Candice! (more…)

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