I agree …

… that there is something wrong when armed men and women, some (not many, but one is too many) carrying a Nazi flag, storm a legislature …

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… of course, there is a right to peacefully protest, we value freedom of assembly and freedom of speech and we understand that some people mistrust governments and feel a compelling need to stand up for their own, individual liberties. Still, it’s a bit scary, isn’t it?

You know what else is scary?

For one thing, the notion that a government would decide to ban and confiscate legally owned hinting rifles just because they look scary to a lot of people who have never been out in the woods really frightens me. It suggests that laws are made to pacify the ignorant and, thereby, buy their votes in an election … which I also fear will be called too soon.

Can you tell me the difference between these two rifles?

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I can already hear the answers from the Trudeauphiles:

  • The top one is a scary looking, “military-style” assault rifle; but
  • The bottom one is a normal hunting rifle.

Rubbish!

Only terminally bloody stupid people fail to understand that the two rifles are nearly identical. By the way, I believe that on this issue, Justin Trudeau and Bill Blair are amongst those I would term as “terminally bloody stupid.” The two rifles are made by the same manufacturer, Remington, for about the same purposes: varmint control (shooting foxes and coyotes, etc) and game hunting (bagging a deer to feed the family). Both can fire about the same calibre (30.08) of ammunition and both are sold with small magazines. The top rifle might be a little lighter and a bit easier to carry in the bush when chasing the animal that has been raiding the chicken coop. The top rifle may be a bit easier to fire accurately because the pistol grip helps many shooters to better control the rifle. The top rifle can be fitted with an “aftermarket” large magazine,* but, the two are, for all intends and purposes, the same.

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Screen Shot 2020-03-10 at 17.21.52But my guess is that Justin Trudeau and Bill Blair will want to ban the top one and will leave the bottom one alone.

Why?

Because the top one looks scary to the uninformed and seems to be “military-style.” That’s right, folks, Prime Minister Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Blair are going to run something like a beauty contest for semi-automatic rifles. In fact, given the mental capacities of those two, I wouldn’t be surprised if some single-shot target rifles …

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… like the ones used by Canadian, Olympic biathletes get banned just because they look scary to some ninny in a downtown Montreal condo.

aa4db44719976fd321bd1cc24e44814cAs an example of the Trudeau/Blair stupidity, the prime minister said that the so-called assault rifles are only used for killing people, not for hunting … then he said that First Nations people can continue to use them because they use them for hunting.

I’m not sure which scares me more: nutty Americans who feel they need to take their rifles with them when they decide they want to protest against some government action or a government that wants to ban rifles based on their appearance rather than on their capabilities.

It seems to me that Prime Minister Trudeau is getting a lot of (undeserved) credit for managing the COVID-19 crisis well. Some experts think the next election might reward those (Justin Trudeau as well as e.g. John Horgan and Doug Ford) who are perceived to have managed the crisis well. My guess is that Liberal Party tacticians are thinking that they can go to the polls in about October 2020 and win a majority government even with ‘Blackface’ Trudeau in the lead. Just in case some Canadians might not be happy with his performance as a leader they can offer up a perennial favourite in urban (and inner suburban) ridings: gun control.

Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 08.39.22Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 08.36.49People are afraid of armed urban gangs and the occasional madman armed with unlicensed, illegally procured weapons. They want someone to do something … gun control is an easy, albeit ineffective answer. Whenever anyone stops to think, they will understand that people like urban gangsters and mentally deranged people are unlikely to obey gun laws, but most people don’t stop to think very much. I suspect that Team Trudeau is counting on that, They hope that good hair and hot air will be enough to hold on to enough votes in the suburbs around Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto and thereby win another election.

I’m bothered by the sight of our good friends and neighbours overreacting to the lockdown that most experts think are needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. I am more bothered by the cynicism dishonesty behind the Trudeau regime‘s proposed ban on “military-style” assault rifles because we all know, without a shadow of a doubt, that it will not help, not even one tiny bit, to make Canadians safer. Justin Trudeau is lying to Canadians, possibly because he and his advisors are stupid, but most likely because they are cynical career politicians who are not afraid to lie to stay in power.

I hope that Erin O’Toole and Peter MacKay and Leslyn Lewis will all promise that this ill-considered, stupid proposal if passed into law, will be repealed by a Conservative government. I hope that dozens of Liberal MPs will, finally, rebel and throw Justin Trudeau and Bill Blair on to the political trash heap where they belong.

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* There is, I think, a case that can be made to limit the capacity of magazines that can be sold in Canada. Right now it is easy to buy a ‘scary’ looking Remington semi-automatic rifle in Canada and then add a 20 or even 30 round magazine from another dealer. Perhaps there should be limits on the sizes of magazines that can be legally sold. Such a ban will not, of course, bother gangsters who already import their automatic weapons and illegal handguns from the USA, but …

 

3 thoughts on “I agree …

  1. Good post, Ted but it will not matter one iota. This is cynical retail politics, not public safety. And people wonder why nobody trusts governments when they do stuff like this.

  2. Ted – perhaps you should read the Firearms Act, as a magazine is limited to 5 rounds for a centre fire rifle as you have shown above. You can buy a magazine that “could” hold more rounds, but it is physically limited to 5. Modifying a magazine to hold more than 5 rounds is a criminal offence.

    My problem with the rules is they are inconsistent, inaccurate and over the top. We couldn’t buy RPG’s before, but we are now formally banned from buying them. In addition, they include a rider that allows them to keep adding more firearms, if we get creative and buy other guns they don’t like.

  3. Ted, it is .308Win./7.62×51 and never .30-08 never existed!
    Also, per Firearms Act regulations; by law all brands of magazines imported are riveted to just a 5 shot capacity, no matter what their actual max capacity is, so there is no problem as such to solve!

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