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May 30, 2014

Why the Flood of Firearm Registration Certificates in My Mailbox?

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This past week I my mailbox overflowed with firearm registration certificates for restricted firearms. I found this, to say the least, puzzling, as I’ve had no contact with the Canadian Firearms Centre for ages, nor had I purchased any firearms recently.

After checking the registration certificates against my own restricted firearms I discovered these were not for new guns but for firearms I already own.

Curious as to why the RCMP’s gun registration bureaucrats flooded my mailbox like this I phoned the Canadian Firearms Program on their toll-free number, 1-800-731-4000.

After waiting out their automated recording system a delightfully pleasant woman named Tanya answered my call.

I asked Tanya why they sent me these duplicate registrations.

After a brief silence, Tanya said she was as puzzled as I about the re-issuance of firearm registration certificates. After confirming I was who I said I was, she searched the system but could find no notes explaining this.

Being the curious type I asked if anything had changed with my license.

No, everything is good,” she replied.

We both had a good laugh at this odd situation and after wishing me a good day Tanya hung up.

If you recently received a batch of firearm registration certificates without requesting them please let me know. I’m curious if I’m a one-off situation or if the RCMP is re-issuing registration certificates on a wider scale.

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March 31, 2014

Firearm Registration: Formerly Law-Abiding Connecticut Gun Owners Face Increased Pressure

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As rumours of door-to-door gun confiscations run wild on the internet, Connecticut gun owners who were law-abiding citizens on December 31, 2013, are now criminals under a new law banning so-called “assault weapons”.

State officials continue to ratchet up the rhetoric about these heinous threats to public safety, while gun owners realize once again that Firearm Registration Equals Firearm Confiscation.

Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection announced Friday it sent a letter to all known firearm owners who failed to register their firearms and magazines by the January 1, 2014 deadline.

Officials offered advice on what to do now with the weapons and magazines.

The letter says gun owners are in compliance with the new state law if their items are no longer in Connecticut or were sold to an authorized gun dealer.

Those who fail to comply face charges of possessing an unregistered assault weapon and/or high capacity magazine.

As Canada’s RCMP just accomplished here in Canada with their reclassification of formerly non-restricted firearms, Connecticut lawmakers devalued the firearm collections of law-abiding gun owners across the state.

While mere citizens may retain ownership and possession of their now-illegal items, that possession comes at a cost. You must register each “assault rifle” and “high capacity magazine” or face criminal charges.

You may ONLY transfer ownership/possession of your now-illegal items to law-enforcement, a licensed firearms dealer or anyone outside the State of Connecticut.

From the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services document (pdf) regarding P.A.13-3:

Q: As a private citizen, will I ever be able to legally transfer ownership of my Large Capacity Magazines?

A: Yes. Under the Act, you may transfer your LCMs to any police department and you may legally sell them to a licensed dealer or to anyone outside the state. You may also transfer your lawfully declared LCMs by bequest or intestate succession (i.e. you died without a will), or, upon the death of a testator or settlor: (A) To a trust, or (B) from a trust to a beneficiary. Any other transfer is a Class D felony.

We mere citizens may rest easy knowing that these restrictions on our private property rights do NOT affect serving law enforcement members.

They only apply to the mere citizens of the allegedly democratic state of Connecticut.

As I have said many times before paraphrasing George Orwell’s Animal Farm,

Some pigs are more equal than others.

 

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March 10, 2014

RCMP Promotes Anti-Bullying Initiative While Bullying Gun Owners

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While the RCMP promoted Pink Shirt Day as a way of stopping bullying in schools, the horsemen took to bullying some of Canada’s best and most law-abiding citizens: gun owners.

In true hypocritical fashion, the Boys with the Yellow Stripes did precisely as they pleased and with zero regard for the people they bullied into criminals.
RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson’s Facebook photo said this underneath:

“February 26th is Pink Shirt Day, and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is proud to be a part of this initiative. Bullying and Cyberbullying isn’t just hurtful; in some cases, it’s illegal. Don’t take part. Take a stand.”

It’s a nice thought, Commish, and you’re right.

Bullying Hurts. I know. I’m a gun owner… Just like the 13,000 gun owners you bullied into criminals this week.

The comments section overflows with vitriol over the creation of over 13,000 brand new criminals by unaccountable RCMP bureaucrats, a situation that has taken RCMP–Gun Owner relations to an all-time low. That says a lot given how poor those relations were even before this latest anti-gun-owner stunt!

Justin Thomas:

You’ve lost the trust of a great number of people, people the law is supposed to be protecting. Turning its own citizens into criminals overnight. We are the ones who should be trusted, not you.

Caleb Geauvreau:

This man is responsible for constantly bullying law abiding firearms owners. I cannot support the RCMP or their pink shirts as long is this man is allowed to remain in his position. Please resign and do everyone a favor.

Al Yasinski:

he should stick to bullying and leave peoples guns alone….he is the bully !!

Stephen Weese:

Perhaps you should ware you handguns at the next meet with the prime minister like you do with your daughters boyfriends. See what intimidation gets you from him. Don’t bully gun owners.

Eric Yule:

The RCMP are deleting negative posts on here…. confiscate weapons without government consent, controlling social media, while still presenting an anti bullying campaign.

John C Corden:

Delete all the posts you want but angry gun owners aren’t going to quit posting until you go after the real criminals and quit unfairly targeting us. You some anti-gun Liberal from Quebec or something? Oh and resign. Did I say resign?

Is always the need for non-white toilet paper when in the field.

Referencing a year-old video interview where Paulson is positively gleeful while he recounts stories of bullying his daughter’s suitors by answering the door wearing his duty firearm in a variety of holsters, Ryan Lobson writes:

Isn’t intimidating your daughter’s boyfriends with your “device” bullying? Get your head on straight Bob.

No, it’s not. It’s just another day in the RCMP… where hypocrisy knows no bounds.

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March 7, 2014

Gun Reclassification: Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Rogue Cops Making Policy?

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After the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arbitrarily manufactured over 13,000 “gun criminals” last week by reclassifying Swiss Arms and CZ 858 rifles from non-restricted to prohibited, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney announced a 5-year amnesty protecting those formerly law-abiding gun owners from prosecution.

Gun owners across the country are understandably upset. One day they were law-abiding gun owners complying with every law required to own these firearms, the next day they are criminals facing serious prison time.

“It is a dark day when police, not the people’s elected representatives, can suddenly transform thousands of ordinary, law-abiding Canadians into criminals with the stroke of a bureaucratic pen,” writes Lorne Gunter.

Presumably the 5-year limitation on this amnesty is because Minister Blaney will resolve this abuse of RCMP bureaucratic power long before that deadline. How he will resolve it remains to be seen, but preventing the RCMP from arresting and criminally charging these gun owners is a good first step.

As Matt Gurney wrote in the National Post,

“That’s a good first step, but no more than that. The RCMP’s reclassification of these firearms, suddenly turning normal Canadians into outlaws for owning property the RCMP had already approved, was outrageous. No explanation was offered as to why these firearms had suddenly become more dangerous. No incidents of violence were cited, no new information brought forward. In effect, the RCMP changed its mind, and ordered citizens to turn over equipment they had invested thousands of dollars into or else face criminal charges. This is a grotesque abuse of power, and one that the police should not have. In a free society, the police enforce the laws, and even interpret them with trained judgment, but they do not make them up as they go.”

While many gun owners on internet forums are absolutely furious Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney didn’t do more, I would suggest they are overly impatient, if not naïve.

My first reaction was outrage at the initial announcement too, but after taking a breath and thinking about what Minister Blaney said publicly I’m betting on a longer game than simply giving amnesty to these newly manufactured “criminals”.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney made it crystal clear the RCMP’s actions are unacceptable. He has no interest in allowing RCMP bureaucrats to create policy.

“I want to assure you all options are on the table to fix this situation. I will also be taking steps to make sure this never happens again.”

Ensuring the RCMP can never again manufacture 13,000 criminals out of thin air will take more than a weekend to work out.

That the amnesty came immediately is a positive sign of Minister Blaney’s intentions. There is more to come, of that I am confident.

I am every bit as impatient as any Canadian gun owner, but I am confident Minister Blaney will keep his word and ensure “this never happens again.”

There are a lot of options available to the Minister of Public Safety and only a fool would believe Blaney is not cognizant the pro-gun vote depends on his actions on this issue.

He could strip the RCMP of its duties as they relate to the Canadian Firearms Safety Program. He could issue an Order In Council to resolve many outstanding issues, including this one.

What ultimately must be addressed, however, is the core issue of the RCMP’s systemic hatred of Canada’s law-abiding gun owners.

As J.R. Cox, of Calgary’s The Shooting Edge gun shop, said,

“There is a movement within the RCMP and they don’t like to see guns in the hands of anybody but themselves.”

Law-abiding gun owners used to be the RCMP’s best friends. Not any longer, although it’s not we mere citizens who have changed. We haven’t. We’re every bit as law-abiding as we’ve always been but that makes no difference to the RCMP ‘s bureaucratic thugs.

Is it simply that they feel pressure to “do something” about so-called “gun crime”? If so, they’re attacks on we law-abiding gun owners are thoroughly and completely misguided.

They are, however, completely in line with the RCMP’s core mantra:

“Officer Safety”.

Better to let a thousand “mere citizens” die than a single RCMP member.

Better to swarm and kill frustrated traveler Robert Dziekanski in 35 seconds than calm him down and help him on his way to his new home.

Better to shoot Ian Bush in the back of the head and claim self defense than tell the truth.

Better to send SWAT Teams after expired firearms license holders in Alberta than simply phone them and ask where their license renewal papers are.

Better to manufacture over 13,000 criminals out of law-abiding citizens with a stroke of your bureaucratic pen than to go after violent criminal gang members.

Taking guns from career criminals is dangerous business. Very dangerous.

Those guys will shoot back.

Law-abiding firearm owners won’t… and the RCMP knows it.

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January 2, 2013

If the Gun-Banning Crowd is so convinced of their argument, how come you will never see this sign on their homes?

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Gun-Banning-Hypocrites

The gun-banning fanatics insist that if we just banned guns, the world would be a safer place.

Now, let’s set aside the hypocrisy of the folks proposing this, since they have their armed guards and protection details… where you and I just have ourselves and 911 (and perhaps 1911 as well).

How come these prattling yahoos never ever place this sign on their front door?

Could it be they don’t actually believe it themselves?

You’d think that if they truly believed that Gun-Free Zones saved lives, they would proudly proclaim their homes as such at every opportunity.

You’d think they’d insist the school their child attends is a Gun-Free Zone, but that’s just not the way it works…

Like I said… Hypocrites!  Every last one of them.

The Nanny State Ninnies who demand we disarm ourselves will never post this sign on their homes.  I wonder why that might be?

The Nanny State Ninnies who demand we disarm ourselves will never post this sign on their homes.
I wonder why that might be?

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December 27, 2012

Hypocritical Anti-Gunners – Careful What You Wish For

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Anti-gun zealots got a lot more than they bargained for after publishing the names and home addresses of New York handgun permit holders.

On December 24, 2012, The Journal News got up on it’s high horse and published an article titled “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in in your neighborhood“, which included links to two interactive maps. These online maps contained the names and addresses of thousands handgun permit holders in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties.

red_icon-246x250Needless to say, gun owners and privacy advocates were furious, just as Canadians were back when the Ottawa Citizen pulled a similar stunt here in Canada. The only difference was the Canadian information didn’t contain names and addresses of gun owners, “just” their postal codes along with every firearm they owned.

This time it’s far worse as the names and home addresses of every permit holder in these two counties are displayed on these maps.

Common sense and decency appear to be rare commodities at The Journal News, as evidenced by the self-righteous justification spewed forth by Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group.

“New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information.”

Janet Hasson is correct legally, if not morally. Under current law, the names and addresses of all license holders is considered public information.

5. Filing of approved applications. The application for any license, if granted, shall be filed by the licensing officer with the clerk of the county of issuance, except that in the city of New York and, in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, the licensing officer shall designate the place of filing in the appropriate division, bureau or unit of the police department thereof, and in the county of Suffolk the county clerk is hereby authorized to transfer all records or applications relating to firearms to the licensing authority of that county. The name and address of any person to whom an application for any license has been granted shall be a public record.

Clearly this law needs to be changed to protect the personal information of license holders.

That said, just because you can do something, does that really mean you should? Just because it’s legal, does that mean it’s the right thing to do?

No-Handguns-Allowed-150x150As long as you’re a gun-hating zealot, the answer is a resounding YES! Anything that can advance the anti-gun agenda is fair game, especially if it endangers the lives of those neanderthal gun owners.

CynDee Royle, editor and vice-president of the paper, said after the article was published,

“We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings. People are concerned about who owns guns and how many of them there are in their neighborhoods.”

People willing to jump through all the legal hoops to obtain a handgun permit in New York State are hardly the criminals-in-waiting Royle and Hasson makes them out to be. They are, in fact, the most law-abiding citizens there are.

I think an interactive map publicizing the name and home address of every convicted pedophile would be far more useful to citizens concerned about the safety of their children.

Then, of course, there are the Unintended Consequences.

The problem with what The Journal News did is far greater than it appears on the surface. It’s not just about an invasion of privacy, it’s about the safety and security of every person included on that map, which just happens to include law enforcement as well.

One very upset member of law enforcement wrote under a pseudonym:

My name and address appear on that map and to say the least, I’m pissed. In all my years as a LEO, I listed my telephone using a pseudonym and my vehicles and driver’s license came back to a post office box. Now these idiots have identified my address.

All the cases I worked as a detective involved career criminals and lots and lots of those low-lifes were sent to prison with extended sentences. Hell, they all knew my name as the cop that put them in prison but none were able to find me outside of the detective squad where I worked.

So now I have to be on super high alert wherever I go just in case one of these nit-wits decides to look me up? WTF!!!

Well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander too, right? Apparently not, at least as far as The Journal News website is concerned.

When Christopher Fountain posted the name, home address and phone number for the paper’s publisher, Janet Hanson, (3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY 105643 (248-) 594-2197) that comment was promptly deleted.

Seems all this talk of “freedom of information” is just a one-way street.

Shocking, I know!

network-blue-150x150As a result of this, Christopher Fountain made a decision.

If posting her name, address and phone number wasn’t okay on the newspaper’s website, he’d post that information on his own blog. He then went a few miles further and posted the names, addresses, phone numbers and anything else he could find out about the employees of The Journal News to his blog.

Suddenly the shoe is on the other foot and the hypocrites at The Journal News are no longer quite so thrilled with all this “access to information”.

Again, I’m shocked.

Below you will find contact information for every person working at The Journal News as it was posted on Christopher Fountain’s blog. I’m reposting it here in the interest of openness and fairness. If it’s okay to publish the names and home addresses of New York State Gun owners, surely it’s okay to do the same for the publishers and staff of the newspaper so willing to hop up on their high, hypocritical horse, right?

White Plains newspaper The Journal- News, a Gannett publication, has published the full name and address of every licensed pistol permit holder in three New York counties. I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask:

(UPDATE: Uh oh – InstaPundit’s linked here. Hundreds of thousands of readers; Janet, you have a great Christmas Eve)

Janet Hasson, publisher,Journal News

Janet Hasson, publisher,
Journal News

Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10534.

Phone number:

(914) 694-5204

 

Here’s a photo showing her Mamaroneck house – interior shots are on Zillow:

janet-hasson-3-gate-house-rd-mamaroneckUPDATE: From reader RJS: Gannett’s CEO-

Gracia C Martore
728 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 759-5954

 

The reporter on the story is

Dwight R Worley
23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (718) 527-0832

UPDATE: Intrepid readers have come up with all sorts of contacts for these people:

EDITOR:

Miss Royle’s married name is Lambert. She lives in White Plains and here is her Facebook page complete with pictures of her and her kids. Hello Sanctimony.
http://www.facebook.com/CynDeeRoyle

Cynthia R Lambert
17 Mcbride Ave
White Plains, NY 10603 (914) 948-9388

Work: 914-694-5001
croyle@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/croyle1
https://www.facebook.com/cyndee.royle.7
https://www.facebook.com/CynDeeRoyle
Drives a red convertible:http://s13.postimage.org/k8ffnxuo7/cyndee_royle_aka_cynthia_lambert_red_convertible.jpg
Family photo: http://s7.postimage.org/dkqtytvyj/cyndee_royle_aka_cynthia_lambert_fb_alt_private.jpg

Publisher, Janet Hasson,

3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY, 10543

(914) 694-5204

 

Reporter, Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave

Springfield Gardens, NY 11413

(718) 527-0832

The “Visual Editor” responsible for the map itself is:

Robert F. Rodriguez

(w) Stephanie Azzarone
Home (212) 222-4566
420 Riverside Dr, Apt 7A
New York, NY 10025-7748

Publisher: Janet Hasson (@janhasson on twitter) 3 Gate House Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10534

GANNET CEO:

Gracia C Martore 728 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-5954

OTHER STAFF MEMBERS:


–(Junior Editor) Nancy Cutler 9 Woodwind Ln, Spring Valley, NY. (845) 354 3485

Barbara Livingstone Nackman a Reporter on the municipal beat can be found here:
Barbara L Nackman
279 Farrington Ave
Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914) 332-5185

Swapna Venugopal Also a Reporter and can be found on
http://www.facebook.com/swapna.venugopal.14
306 Quaker Rd
Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-4607

Mike Risinit
Michael J Risinit
http://www.facebook.com/michael.risinit/info
42 Robinson Ln
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 454-2278

Seth Harrison
http://www.facebook.com/seth.harrison.391
107 Valleyview Rd
Irvington, NY 10533 (914) 231-5411

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Photography (Days)
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Print and digital news editor, award-winning journalist
Editor at The Journal News
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Work: 845-578-2434
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Journal News reporter in NY covering Westchester, Rockland and Putnam
White Plains http://loud.com
Investigative Reporter at The Journal News
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Work: 914-694-5309
djdonova@lohud.com

David McKay Wilson
@davidmckay415
Columnist at The Journal News, freelance journalist, cycling advocate
Mahopac, NY
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https://www.facebook.com/davidmckaywilson

Ed Cummins
News Editor at The Journal News
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Ed Forbes
Digital Team/Homepage
“Ed Forbes, a @StLawrenceU and @columbiajourn alum, is the Digital Editor at The Journal News and LoHud.com. Westchester resident, N.J. native, Ad’k expat.”
Lives in Mount Kisco, New York
From Randolph, New Jersey
Columbia, St. Lawrence
Work: 914-696-8488
eforbes@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/edforbes
https://www.facebook.com/ed.forbes

Gary McGriff
Works at The Journal News
https://www.facebook.com/gary.mcgriff

George Troyano
Vice President Sales & Marketing at Journal News Media-Gannett
Studied Marketing at Drexel University
Work: 914-694-5157
gtroyano@lohud.com
https://www.facebook.com/george.troyano

Heather Salerno
New York-based journalist, wife and mom
Works at Feature writer for the Journal News
Studied at Georgetown University
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https://www.facebook.com/heather.salerno.7

Herb Pinder
Community Conversation / Opinion Page editor at The Journal News and LoHud.com
Westchester
Work: 914-694-5031
hpinder@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/herbpinderNY

James Kwasnik
Online Director at The Journal News, Technology/Analytics Editor
Work: 914-694-5172
jkwasnik@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/schmooze
https://www.facebook.com/jameskwasnik

Jill Mercadante
Multimedia/Marketing Editor at The Journal News
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Joe McDonald
Local News, Local Content Editor
Work: 914-694-5099
jmcdona@lohud.com
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LoHud Weekend
Work: 914-696-8267
kcroke1@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/KarenCroke
https://twitter.com/livinghereNY
“Yolo!”

Kathy Moore
Local Content Editor
Work: 914-694-3523
kjmoore@lohud.com

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“I’m a transportation reporter for The Journal News/lohud.com”
White Plains, Westchester, NY
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https://twitter.com/NewRoKen
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Linda Lombroso
Features Writer at The Journal News
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https://www.facebook.com/lindalombroso

Leah Rae
Journalist in Westchester County, N.Y., following local news, immigration trends, and cool maps.
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Lee Higgins
Breaking news reporter for http://lohud.com
lhiggins2@lohud.com
Work: 914-696-8570
https://twitter.com/LeeHiggins

Liz Johnson
Food editor at The Journal News and LoHud.com in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. Eater, drinker, gardener.
Lower Hudson Valley
Work: 914-694-5075
ewjohnson@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/small_bites
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Mary Dolan
Deputy Managing Editor, Features editor The Journal News/LoHud.com
White Plains
Work: 914-694-5230
mdolan@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/featuresed

Mike Meaney
Morning breaking news
Work: 914-696-8565
mmeaney@lohud.com

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Opinion editor, Rockland, The Journal News/LoHud.com
Rockland County, NY
Work: 845-578-2403
ncutler@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/nancyrockland

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Columnist for The Journal News/Lohud.com
Westchester, NY
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Robert F. Rodriguez
Visuals Editor / Photo Editor at The Journal News
Photography, Nights
Studied at NYU
Lives in New York, New York
Married to Stephanie Azzarone
Work: 914-694-5092
rrodrigu@lohud.com
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Sean Mayer
Sports and Operations Editor for the Journal News Media Group.
Studied at Binghamton University
Married to Randi Kravetsky-Mayer
From Monroe, New York
smayer@lohud.com
Work: 914-696-8527
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Swapna Venugopal
Reporter, The Journal News at Gannett
Staff Writer,The Journal News/LoHud.com.
Write about politics, development issues and life in Westchester County, New York
Studied at New York University
Lives in Chappaqua, New York
From Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Work: 914-696-8229
svenugop@lohud.com
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Norwalk, Conn
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Theresa Juva-Brown
Reporter at The Journal News
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White Plains, NY
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September 22, 2012

“Windy Wendy” Cukier wastes no time in whining to the media about court loss

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“Windy Wendy” Cukier

Windy Wendy” Cukier, ever the complainer, didn’t waste a second in getting her sniveling complaints out to the media in the wake of Ontario Superior Court of Justice Judge D. M. Brown’s decision to kill The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic lawsuit to keep the long gun registry data.

    “This decision is a setback but we will continue to fight for sensible controls on rifles and shotguns. Information about who owns what guns is essential to reducing the diversion of guns to illegal markets and the registry data has been shown to be useful in solving crimes. Destroying the data that has already been collected on 7.1 million guns makes no sense whatsoever, and is simply punitive. Quebec stood up to the gun lobby and, as a result, is still able to trace firearms. Outside of Quebec, rifles and shotguns are now completely untraceable. These guns are those most often used in domestic violence and when police officers are shot on duty. They also account for a significant proportion of the firearms recovered in crime.

As Dr. Mike Ackermann said,

   “If they truly wanted “sensible” laws, we would be on their side.
You’d think they would have figured this out by now.”

Very well said, Dr. Ackermann!

All of the arguments put forth by “Windy Wendy” have been proven to be, at best, disingenuous.  There are other words for it, such as propaganda, I suppose, but even someone as misguided as “Windy Wendy” Cukier is entitled to her opinion.  It’s just a shame that she’s not willing to open her mind up to the simple fact that criminals don’t register firearms and as a result her methods simply will never ever do what she says they will: prevent crime.

The only people who register firearms are law-abiding people.  What’s the point in tracking the people who are NOT the problem?  You’ll have to ask “Windy Wendy” as it makes no sense to me.

That said, the Minister of Public Safety had a very short rebuttal to the whining out of Cukier’s Corner.

    (September 21, 2012) Today, the Ontario Superior Court dismissed the motion from the Barbara Schlifer Legal Clinic which sought to stop our government from destroying the data contained in the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry.  Justice Brown described the arguments put forward against our legislation as “weak” (paragraph 167).We were very pleased that the Ontario Superior Court has ruled in favour of law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters. This is an absolute victory for the rule of law.The will of Parliament and Canadians has been clear. We do not want any form of a wasteful and ineffective long gun registry.The NDP has consistently said that if given the chance they would try and use this data to target law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters.Our Conservative Government will always stand up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

While the Conservative Government has a long way to go in defending the rights of Canada’s law-abiding firearm owners, such as removing sections 91 and 92 from the Criminal Code of Canada, it’s nice to see him putting some of our money where his mouth is.

 

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September 3, 2012

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

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“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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September 2, 2012

Since the RCMP won’t delete the long gun registry data like the law says, the CSSA wants to make the database completely useless

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The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) is not impressed with the RCMP’s refusal to obey the law and delete long gun records from Canada’s useless gun registry.

With the passage of Bill C-19 and its Royal Assent on April 5, 2012 all of this data was to be destroyed, but the RCMP has yet to destroy a single record according to sources close to the RCMP.

In the meantime the province of Quebec, the City of Toronto, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and the Region of Waterloo have all attempted to get the courts to overturn the will of Parliament and thereby, the will of Canadians.

The drive-by media is forever willing to believe anything the RCMP says, even if it’s not true, as is the case for the destruction of long gun registry records.

Quoting the CSSA Press Release:

The CSSA is advocating that all owners of registered non-restricted firearms take part in the Great Canadian Registry Shuffle. The CSSA says anti-gun advocates are spitting in the face of Canada’s legal system by deliberately ignoring the will of Parliament in an attempt to preserve registry data for future use.

It’s hardly a surprise, really.

The RCMP Commissioner himself had to order every provincial Chief Firearms Officer to obey the law and stop recording long gun transfers.  As I wrote back on May 13, 2012,in my article “Police State: When the Police choose which laws they will obey

Canada sent soldiers to fight and die in wars in foreign lands so this bovine excrement would never reach our shores. Unfortunately those brave young men and women apparently died in vain for the Police State mentality has indeed taken root right here at home.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews made it very clear that the law no longer requires the registration of non-restricted firearms, and that forcing gun owners to provide this information is illegal.

Tony BernardoTony Bernardo, CSSA spokesman and executive director of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA), had this to say:

The Schlifer Clinic is funded by four Ontario government ministries, so […]  governments and advocacy groups have forced our hand by suggesting the registry data is somehow useful. If they refuse to acknowledge the will of the people, we’ll do it for them.

Canada’s previously registered firearms are now changing location, so the registry is even more useless, if that’s possible. The registry was never a public safety tool, and we’re removing once and for all the myth that the data was valuable.

More than half of the firearms in Canada have never been registered and even anti-gun advocates admit that criminals won’t register their guns. As long as these nuisance court injunctions keep the registry data intact, they are maintaining a shopping list for computer hacking criminals to locate our firearms. That places gun owners in danger, so we are compelled to demonstrate that the registry is inaccurate by making it even less accurate.

Pro-registry advocates need to see that there’s no useable data to protect. We are simply showing them the folly of their own political posturing. The registry is dead.

The Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle negates the silly straw man attempt to protect the data. Shuffling previously registered firearms is totally legal, responsible and appropriate.

The number of guns shuffled to date is displayed on the news ticker on the CSSA’s home page (http://www.cdnshootingsports.org/) and is updated every Thursday.

Currently it states that over 6,600 long guns and shotguns have already changed hands, a pretty amazing feat given the CSSA only announced their plan 2 days ago.

Tony Bernardo went on to say,

This shuffle forces the obstinate anti-gun crowd to admit that the registry is not worth fighting for. It truly never was. The data is corrupt and outdated, and it never saved a single life.

It was never designed to make us safe. We have challenged anti-gun advocates to reveal how the registry can help anyone, and they have never delivered – not once. How could they? The registry doesn’t do anything.

The Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle makes the data transparently irrelevant. Perhaps now we can all get on with focusing on bona fide ways to increase public safety and protect Canadians against violence. We will do all we can to help.

If you’re considering joining in the party, i.e. swapping, trading, lending, selling, buying or borrowing firearms and want to keep the CSSA updated about how many firearms you’ve had change hands today, here’s a handy form that makes submitting this information to the CSSA very simple:

Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle Submission Page

 

 

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June 23, 2012

Gun Registry Bureaucrats screwed up data entry so we should KEEP the flawed long gun registry?

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Let me get this straight.  Government bureaucrats screwed up on data entry so that’s why we should KEEP the flawed long gun registry?

That is a ludicrous argument, but that’s exactly what writer Patrick Cain of Global News is saying. Opponents of Canada’s gun registry have long argued that the system is useless precisely because the information in the database is incorrect.

Some estimates of the error rate of data in the federal database are as high as 90%.  At the same time, because of the high error rate information from the registry cannot be relied upon in court.

But we should keep the data.  Yeah, right.

That makes about as much sense as banning ice picks because some pathetic loser killed his gay lover with one.

The Global News article “Long gun registry includes hundreds of misclassified handguns” argues that because gun registry bureaucrats were incompetent we must keep the gun registry data.

A redacted copy of the national firearms database, including the doomed long gun data, was released to Global News under access-to-information laws in May. They used that to perform a search of the database and discovered 361 handguns that are incorrectly registered as “non-restricted” firearms.

(more…)

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June 16, 2012

Pro-Gun Groups praise Vic Toews for ending “back-door” registry, but did he really?

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After Bill C-19 passed and was proclaimed into law Canada’s so-called “Long Gun Registry” was officially dead.  Except that it wasn’t.

The law said it was, but the RCMP is still dragging its heels when it comes to actually deleting the data contained in the registry database.   They claimed it will take months to work out the details of how to delete the data which is, to be blunt, garbage.

The database is specifically set up with a field called “Class”, into which one of three classes of firearms can be entered.  For example, if you have a registered handgun this field will say “Restricted”.  If you have a machine gun this field will say “Prohibited”.

For non-restricted firearms this field will contained, shock of shocks, “Non-Restricted”.

Anyone with the brains of a flea can simply select all database records where “Class” = “Non-Restricted” and then press the Delete key. It’s very simple, yet apparently far beyond the ability of the techs at the Canadian Firearms Program.

Okay, to be fair that might be a slight over-simplification, but not by much.  The Quebec injunction preserving data on Quebec firearm owners is one problem.  The anti-gun and anti-freedom mindset of some members of the RCMP bureaucracy is certainly another.

To make matters worse the provincial Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) in Ontario issued a decree that all firearm retailers MUST keep track of all non-restricted firearm sales, which includes recording all information about both the firearm and the person purchasing the firearm.

This information (exactly the same as what is stored in the federal database) is then stored in a ledger in the firearms retailer’s place of business.  The catch is that the ledger is not the property of the retailer, it’s the property of the provincial CFO.

This decree has also been issued by the CFO in every single province across Canada.

The additional catch to all of this is that the CFOs have tied this data recording requirement to the Business Firearms License (BFL) of the retailer.  Don’t want to keep gun registry data?  No problem.  The CFO will be happy to revoke your Business Firearms License and voila!  You’re out of business in a heartbeat.  Otherwise your business operates at the whim of the CFO and you will do whatever he tells you.

Since a firearms business requires a Business Firearms License in order to operate business owners were placed in an impossible situation.  The law says they don’t have to keep the information but the bureaucrat who issues their BFL says he’ll cancel their license if they don’t.  On top of that, regular firearm owners won’t purchase firearms from the retailer because the retailer is going beyond the requirements of the law and keeping information they are not entitled to.

It’s a lovely Catch-22 that annoyed Public Safety Minister Vic Toews so badly he issued a decree that this practice was to end, effective immediately, or else.  (more…)

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May 27, 2012

Another Gun Registry Success!

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Yes, it’s another gun registry success in La Belle Provence early Sunday morning as two unknown gunmen traded shots across a crowded intersection of Prince Arthur and Saint-Dominique streets on Montreal’s Plateau.

Thank God we have registered handguns since 1934 here in Canada… and I also thank God that we’ve required every individual who owns a handgun in Canada to have an Authorization to Transport (ATT) that handgun…

It should be a simple matter for police to see who was issued an ATT for the corner of Prince Arthur and Saint-Dominique streets and then go arrest the culprit or culprits.

What???

You say that police never issued an ATT for downtown Montreal for Sunday morning? 

How is that possible? 

Clearly someone must have issued the ATT otherwise these handgun owners would never have been allowed to take their handguns downtown!

Criminals don’t obey gun laws?  Really?

You mean to tell me that the police have no idea who took a handgun onto the streets of Montreal and shot an innocent woman?

I don’t understand…  Montreal’s Chief of Police (and all the other chiefs of police across Canada) assured us that the gun registry was required to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, that the safety of Canadians demanded a gun registry!  Clearly 80 years of handgun registration must be good for something, right?

Umm… no, actually it’s not.  The only thing a gun registry is good for is bloating police budgets and keeping bureaucrats busy shuffling stacks and stacks of useless paper from one side of their desks to the other.

I know… I know…  It’s a shock to those progressive thinkers among us… but the fact of the matter is that gun laws only affect law-abiding gun owners.

Criminals like the ones who shot a woman on the streets of Montreal this Sunday morning have not and will never be subjected to our stupid and useless gun registry.

(more…)

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April 26, 2012

Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association: “We burned 545 long gun registrations today.”

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The Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association in BC hosted a long gun registration burning party on Sunday, April 22nd at their club grounds. In preparation for this event a number of dignitaries were invited but unfortunately did not attend.

Wendy Cukier of the Coalition for Gun Control, an organization which was instrumental at selling a firearms registry to the Federal Liberals, was invited.  A number of people from across the country offered to pay for Ms. Cukier’s travel expenses but this did not attract her to traveling to Williams Lake.

A local gun shop and the Sportsmen’s Association both provided a hunting rifle each as give-a-ways to those attending the event.

Over 545 long-gun registration certificates were turned in and burned.  The ceremonial lighting of the fire was carried out by Philip Mayfield, former Member of Parliament for the Cariboo/Chilcotin Region of British Columbia.

All firearms registrations were placed in a cardboard box for burning. Black powder was spread on the ground around the box and when lit, it burned rapidly igniting the registrations and the box containing them, which had been sprayed with a light coating of gasoline.

All the registration forms burned well and were completely consumed by the fire.  Everyone in attendance agreed that this was the best part of the long gun registry they had ever witnessed.

Jacques Drisdelle

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April 4, 2012

Senator Daniel Lang speaks eloquently about the uselessness of gun registration

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Senator Daniel Lang is opposed to gun registration, and for good reason. He comprehends history.

Senator Lang represents The Yukon, and was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009.  He comprehends the issues that are important to Yukoners and indeed all Canadians.

He is one of the sponsors of the bill to end the long gun registry and, to quote him, he looks “forward to being actively involved in ensuring that this legislation is passed by the Senate quickly.”

He has remained true to that statement and has attacked the uselessness of the long gun registry at every opportunity.  His his latest speech on Bill C-19, currently before the Senate, is well worth reading.  While I don’t agree with everything Senator Lang says, I do agree with most of it.

This transcript is from the Hansard –  1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 66, Monday, April 2, 2012

Honourable senators may recall that when I spoke to the bill at second reading, I quoted the Spanish poet, George Santayana, who said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I went on to explain that, 93 years ago, the Canadian Parliament enacted gun control legislation requiring gun owners to obtain a permit for all firearms, including small arms, rifles and shotguns. Honourable senators, a year later this requirement was repealed.

It is important to note that the Minister of Justice of the day, Charles Doherty, stated:

“There has been very general representation that the existing law operated too rigorously, lent itself to abuses and subjected citizens to unnecessary annoyance.”

Here we are today repealing similar legislation, yet it took 17 years, even though we had the Internet. (more…)

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March 4, 2012

Proof Handgun Registration Works! Toronto Teen robs store with loaded handgun

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Yes, the title is sarcastic.  The handgun registry is every bit as useless as the long gun registry, something this teen armed robber proves for me.

This is the second time Canada has dropped long gun registration.  Most people choose to forget that we tried this stupidity once before and finally dropped it when law-abiding Canadians refused to register their rifles and shotguns.  The original long gun registry was dropped just after World War II.

With all the uproar over the impending demise of Canada’s current long gun registry and its uselessness at preventing or solving crime, I’ve been amazed that so many politicians continue to support the registration of handguns.  The very same logic they use to tell us how useless the long gun registry has proven to be is twisted to explain why the registration of handguns “absolutely must continue.”

Canada began registering handguns in 1934, yet despite all those decades, the police cannot give a single example of where the registry aided them in solving a single crime.  Anywhere else in life we would call that useless.

Canada, like the rest of the world, has a severe debt problem.  We as a nation are spending our grandchildren’s earnings yet we think nothing of it.

We wasted well over 2 billion dollars of taxpayers’ money registering guns and tracking law-abiding firearm owners, and this is just the amount we’ve tossed on the trash pile and burned in the past 15 years.  There is no accurate calculation of how much money has been wasted since we started registering handguns in 1934.

This is ludicrous, of course.  But the word “handgun” or “gun owner” is used and all critical thinking immediately stops for the majority of people, including police and politicians.

We continue to insist that spending over 100 million dollars per year to track law-abiding citizens is a “worthwhile public safety measure” while convicted criminals with firearm prohibition orders against them are not tracked at all.

François Pepin, the man who murdered Constable Valérie Gignac, had a firearms prohibition order against him at the time of her murder.  Despite that prohibition order, not only was he able to obtain the firearm he used to murder Constable Gignac, he still had two firearms in his possession that should have been removed under his firearm prohibition order, but were not.

Again, useless is the word that comes to mind.

(more…)

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