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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.

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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 13, 2012

Police State: When the Police choose which laws they will obey

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When the Police choose which laws they will obey, what do you have?

This question has come up this week in the wake of the refusal of at least 5 provincial Chief Firearms Officers across Canada to obey the law of the land as expressed by the passage of Bill C-19.

As most already know, Bill C-19 struck down the requirements for people to register their non-restricted firearms.  Ontario’s Chief Firearms Officer is leading the pack in declaring Bill C-19 null and void and that they (the CFOs) will interpret Section 58 of the Firearms Act to mean whatever they want.

Section 58.1 of the Firearms Act reads as follows:

58. (1) A chief firearms officer who issues a licence, an authorization to carry or an authorization to transport may attach any reasonable condition to it that the chief firearms officer considers desirable in the particular circumstances and in the interests of the safety of the holder or any other person.

The Ontario CFO is interpreting this section of the Firearms Act to mean he can impose any condition he wants to a Business Firearms License.  After all, as CFO, he is the one who gets to decide what “reasonable” means. The fact that this “reasonable” condition is in direct conflict with Bill C-19 is entirely beside the point.  At least as far as the Ontario CFO is concerned, anyway.

Dr. Mike Ackermann recently wrote:

“What do you call a state where the police refuse to obey the laws of the land, and instead attempt to make up the law themselves? Here’s a hint, we swear every November 11th, ‘Lest we forget, Never again!’”

Dr. Ackermann is, of course, 100% correct.

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. (more…)

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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.

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December 6, 2011

Gamil Gharbi Day: a memorial to a lunatic and Canada’s dedication to punishing the people who did NOT commit the crime

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As anyone following the mewling cries of Windy Wendy Cukier and the vitriol spewing forth from Lying Heidi Rathjen is already aware, today, December 6th, is the day we remember an insane madman and the 14 women he murdered in his misogynistic rage.

Rathjen, in particular, has clearly gotten her knickers in a very big twist.  Left-wing media outlets are, of course, helping fan the flames of her rage by giving her free and open access to their newspapers and television cameras.

Lest we actually forget that real people actually died on this fateful day in 1989, here are the names of the slain women for us all to remember:

  1. Geneviève Bergeron
  2. Hélène Colgan
  3. Nathalie Croteau
  4. Barbara Daigneault
  5. Anne-Marie Edward
  6. Maud Haviernick
  7. Barbara Marie Klueznick
  8. Maryse Laganiere
  9. Maryse Leclaire
  10. Anne-Marie Lemay
  11. Sonia Pelletier
  12. Michèle Richard
  13. Annie St-Arneault
  14. Annie Turcotte

 

These are the names that Windy Wendy and Lying Heidi never want us to forget, and that is commendable.  We shouldn’t forget them.

We should also never forget the names Ian Bush, Robert Dziekanski and Orion Hutchinson either, but I don’t see any memorials being offered to the men murdered by RCMP members, do you?

Or how about Doreen LeClair, Corrine McKeown or Janice Kinna? They all died after 911 was called. LeClair and McKeown called 911 5 times and couldn’t get anyone to come to their aid.  Janice Kinna died while police took their sweet time (over 30 minutes) getting to her home.

Where are the monuments to these men and women who died directly or indirectly because of the failure of police?

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December 1, 2011

Heidi Rathjen: gov’t “will have blood on their hands”

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When all else fails, Heidi Rathjen and her fellow anti-gun zealots always resort to one final cry:

You will have blood on your hands!!!

It’s as predictable as rain in Vancouver, drought in the desert and snow in Alps in winter.

It’s the final cry of those who have failed to ram their agenda down our throats by claiming that anyone who owns a firearm is just a killer-in-waiting.

The facts, naturally, never enter in to the debate for the likes of Heidi Rathjen or “Windy” Wendy Cukier.

Cukier and Rathjen scream that gun suicides will rise again after the so-called “successes” of the gun registry at reducing gun suicides.  They fail, of course, to tell the entire truth of the matter…

a) that suicides by firearm were already dropping long before the gun registry was implemented,

b) that the overall suicide rate in Canada hasn’t changed in decades, and

c) that the rise in suicides by hanging far outweigh any reduction in the numbers of suicides by firearm.

That’s not wishful thinking on my part, that’s the information from Statistics Canada, the folks who track this sort of thing.

But Windy Wendy and Lying Heidi are not about to admit anything that doesn’t further their own twisted agenda.

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November 30, 2011

Anti-Gunners: Sometimes it is better to keep silent and let the world think you’re a fool…

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There is a wise old saying based on Proverbs 17:28 that goes like this:

Sometimes it’s better to remain silent and let the world think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

John W. Warnock is precisely such a man who should have remained silent and let the world think he is a fool…

On November 29, 2011, John Warnock had a letter published in the Regina Leader-Post that he would have been well advised to shred, not send to the newspaper for publication.

John was very upset with an editorial written by Les MacPherson dated November 25th, 2011, titled “End of gun registry in sight” that supported the Conservative’s Bill C-19 to destroy the long gun registry.

There were some excellent comments in Mr. MacPerson’s column, such as this:

I don’t know what abolish means to Liberals and New Democrats, but to me, abolishing something is not consistent with its eternal preservation. To me, and to just about everyone else on the list, abolishing the registry means shredding it, burning the shreds and then scattering the ashes from long-range aircraft flying over an undisclosed tract of the North Atlantic. That’s what we voted for. That, or something very much like it, is what the Conservatives promised to do. But now we are told at the last minute by its diehard defenders that the registry can never be abolished, that it must be forever preserved?

Please. If the registry was somehow immune to abolition, you’d think someone might have mentioned it during the election campaign just this spring when the Conservatives were loudly promising to do exactly that. Only after the issue is decided are we now told the issue can never be decided. It is the last, desperate gasp from a lost cause.

John Warnock is the classic Liberal gun-hater clothed in the rags of his enemy.  He begins his anti-gun rant the way folks like him always do, by professing what gun-loving people they are.

It’s a facade, a careful charade, and everyone knows it except, it seems, for Mr. Warnock.

In attempting to defend the flawed, failed and useless long gun registry, John Warnock actually describes in painstaking detail its complete and utter uselessness at keeping women safe.

There are many reasons for wanting to maintain the long-gun registry. I will point out one.

A very good friend of mine broke off with her boyfriend. He harassed and stalked her. He even tried to grab one of her boys and force him into his truck as he was walking home from school.

She got a peace bond against him. The police also came to his house in Regina and took away his long guns. He then phoned her and said:

“Don’t think you are now safe. I still have guns hidden out on my farm which the police don’t know about.”

There are many flaws with Mr. Warnock’s argument.

I will restrict myself to just two.

First, the peace bond.  It’s nothing but a piece of paper.  It cannot and will not ever keep anyone safe unless the person listed in the peace bond is actually willing to abide by the law, his prior failure to do so notwithstanding.  It is his prior failure to abide by the law that was the grounds for having the peace bond placed against him in the first place, right?

It simply is not rational to expect someone who has already shown not only a complete lack of respect for a woman but also a complete lack of respect for the law to expect that person to be magically transformed simply because a judge signed a piece of paper.

Second is Mr. Warnock’s assertion that the person with the peace bond threatened the woman with a firearm even after police had seized his registered firearms.

Does Mr. Warnock not comprehend that the long gun registry has not accomplished the goal he so proudly proclaims it will, namely keeping firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them?

News Flash: Criminals Don’t Register Their Guns.

Mr. Warnock makes the ridiculous claim that a gun registry will keep his female friend safe and that destroying it will somehow endanger her life, despite the fact that at the time of the event to which Mr. Warnock refers the long gun registry and the law supporting it are in full effect.

Perhaps he can explain how the long gun registry has done a single thing to prevent the man to which he refers from acquiring, possessing and threatening someone with a firearm.

Oops… he can’t.

Mr. Warnock needs to keep his mouth shut before he babbles such nonsense publicly, for all he has accomplished is removing all doubt that he is a fool.

Yes, sometimes it’s best to keep our mouths shut and let the world think us to be fools, otherwise we do like John Warnock did in print this week for the entire world to see…

He removed all doubt that he is a fool.

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November 7, 2011

Gangster Murder shines the light of Truth on the Gun Registry Lie

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Date: November 6, 2011
Crime: Murder
Location: Downtown Vancouver — Ash and West 7th Avenue
Nearest Police Station: 1 block away
Weapon Used: Handgun
Handgun Registration Implemented in Canada since: 1934

Sunday morning’s broad daylight hit just a block from a police station in downtown Vancouver is just the latest round in The Big Lie and the Gun Registry…

Canadians from coast to coast are willing to drop the registration requirement for long guns because it’s useless, doesn’t prevent crime and costs too much money. Except Quebec, of course, who now want to sue the federal government for the crime of passing federal law. Such is the nature of Quebec, I suppose…

Outside of the gun registry-loving province, those same Canadians happily and mindlessly parrot the statement that “Handguns must be registered!”

The truth that nobody seems willing to face, the truth that the daylight murder of Axel Curtis just one block from a Vancouver police station with a handgun SCREAMS from the headlines is this:

Gun registration of any firearms is utterly useless at preventing crimes.

We Canadians have now registered our handguns for 77 years.  Well, I suppose I should be clearer on this point. We Law-Abiding Canadians have registered our handguns for 77 years.  Violent and murderous criminals… well… they’ve never bothered.

The murderer who gunned down Axel Curtis one block from a police station… do you seriously believe he registered the handgun he used to fire six rounds into a man on Sunday morning?

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October 28, 2011

The Big Lie and Canada’s Doomed Long Gun Registry

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With all the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth over the impending demise of Canada’s failed (and useless and error-ridden) long gun registry, there is a “Big Lie” being spouted off by Windy Wendy Cukier and lying bureaucrats like Belleville Ontario Police Chief Cory McMullan.

I say lying because if anyone should know the truth about Canada’s “gun control” system it should be the chief of police of a major metropolitan city.

“If (the registry) is lost, my officers aren’t going to have all the information they currently have available to them to ensure safety. There is a loss of information and it could jeopardize public safety.”

And so enters “The Big Lie“.

If information is lost about how many guns are registered to someone, it jeopardizes that all-important factor in policing… “Officer Safety.”

Bullshit.

That is a flat-out lie aimed at protecting their little fiefdoms.  Bill C-19 does no such thing.

When police on the street query the Miramichi database they are generally asking one of two questions:

1. Does John Doe own firearms?, or

2. Is anyone living at this address a firearm owner?

Believe it or not, neither one of these questions require a gun registry for an answer.

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August 20, 2011

Another law-abiding Canadian firearm owner brutalized by police

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Peter Sedge is your average Canadian.  He pays his taxes, he owns his own small business that employs other Canadians.  And he owns firearms. Legally.  That last word is very important.

The Toronto Police Services doesn’t like law-abiding firearm owners.  Let me rephrase that.   The Toronto Police Services [allegedly] doesn’t like law-abiding firearm owners.  I must say allegedly, since I cannot prove that they are biased against law-abiding firearm owners.

I can, however, comment about their actions when it comes to how they dealt with a single law-abiding firearm owner after midnight one May night in 2008.

It was atrocious.

A little back-story is in order to properly set this stage.

First, Peter Sedge is, as I said at the outset, a law-abiding firearm owner.  He has a firearms license issued by the Canadian government and he has registration certificates for his firearms.   He did everything he was supposed to do when owning firearms legally in this country.

The police, on the other hand, violated his rights, abused both him and his property, and seized his entire firearm collection that May night in 2008, and why?

All because they couldn’t be bothered to check their much-vaunted Gun Registry and see if he had a firearms license.

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May 20, 2011

Murray Crawford — “Hey you ignorant Eastern Elite”

Murray Crawford — “Hey you ignorant Eastern Elite”…

Don’t blame me for the rude comment…  it’s how Murray requested he be addressed at the end of the latest piece of  drivel he’s attempting to pass off as intelligent commentary.

Murray Crawford’s ignorance is truly astronomical, I’ve got to say.

“We need the long-gun registry. In fact we should stop calling it the long gun registry and just call it the gun registry, as handguns are already registered. Why do we need to separate the two?”

Two points, and I’ll address the latter first.

Murray, you moronic “Eastern Elite”, you’ve got it completely backwards.  There is no such thing as a “long gun registry”.  Never has been.  Since 1934 (the year Canada first started registering handguns), there has been only one registry.

The government tried adding long guns to it back in the 1940’s in an effort to know where guns were for the war effort, but finally gave up when, shock of shocks, nobody complied with that stupid law.

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