As I write this message, in response to two tragic shootings of innocent bystanders in Toronto there are increasing calls for a handgun ban in Canada. Of course they are coming from the usual suspects: Toronto mayor David Miller, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and NDP leader Jack Layton, none of who ever met a photo op they didnít like. And of course, none of these buffoons can explain how seizing firearms from the law-abiding will prevent their continued abuse by gangs and drug dealers. Yet to them it really doesnít matter as long as they think they are convincing people believe they are doing something about gun crime.
It is ironic that Miller, perhaps the most vocal of these three stooges, has said virtually nothing about the creeps who actually did the shootings, and of course, Torontoís finest currently have had no luck catching them either. So it falls to honest gun owners to take the heat for the failings of the lax immigration system which let many of these scumbags into the country, and the liberal judicial system that lets them back on the street with a slap on the wrist.
Fortunately the federal Conservatives have resisted calls for a ban, with Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day stating that "The problem is not the approved collectors or the target shooters". "We have to go after the criminals, we have to go after the smugglers... This is where the focus needs to be, that's what we are doing and that's how you reduce the devastating effect of crime with firearms."
It is, therefore, extremely important that you contact Dayís office and voice your support for his stand. He can be reached as follows:
Mail: Hon. Stockwell Day
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Also send copies of your correspondence to Stephen Harper at: Mail: Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Fax: 613 941 6900 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This brings me to another issue which has troubled me for years. Each month TSCON receives many phone calls from gun owners complaining about one or another aspect of the gun laws. Yet when we ask if the caller has phoned or written to their MP, MPP, Prime minister, etc. the answer is usually ďNoĒ, and therein lies the problem. TSCON is only one voice when speaking to politicians. On the other hand, if each member of TSCON made one phone call or wrote one letter or sent one e-mail per month to their MP, MPP, etc. it would total 12,000 contacts per year. Do you not think that would get their attention? Of course it would! It is true that some members arenít good letter writers and some donít have computers. But everyone has a phone and is capable of making a phone call. The bottom line is this: if you are not actively involved in contacting your politicians YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. Paying your $10 a year and then leaving it up to someone else to do the phoning, writing, e-mailing, etc. is simply a cop-out. If you want change it is up to YOU to make it happen.
Lastly, recently I have heard many gun owners gripe about the lack of action by the Conservatives regarding repealing the long gun registry as well as other assorted complaints. I have many of the same complaints and I donít want to be an apologist for the Conservatives. But to those people who are, in many cases, rightly annoyed I can only say this: be thankful they are the party in power. I can guarantee that if the Liberals were running the show, handguns and restricted rifles would likely already be banned and semi-auto and pump action sporting long guns would be next.
If you donít like what the Conservative are doing, let them know, but for heavenís sake, donít bail out on them now. The alternatives are far, far worse. Make 2008 your year to get more involved. The guns you save will be your own.
Bruce Montague Update
On Dec. 6, 2007 Bruce was found guilty on some of the charges laid against him. Significantly he was found not guilty on any of the "danger to the public peace" charges, which would have been devastating. His defense lawyer explained that we must consider Bruce the victor, as now he can continue with his constitutional challenge. Without a guilty verdict on the licensing charges apparently that would not have been possible.
Sentencing will take place on March 17. It should be noted that virtually all of the guilty charges were only possible because of the provisions in the Firearms Act which require firearm registration. Please remember that Bruce is fighting for the rights of all gun owners and requires as much financial support as he can get so please send a donation in whatever amount you can spare. Make cheques payable to the:
Bruce Montague Scrap C-68 Fund
RR#2, Site 211, Box 7
Dryden, ON P8N 2Y5
More information on Bruce's court challenge is available at: http://www.brucemontague.ca
To the Responsible Firearms Owners of Canada
Thanks to Dr. Ed Hudson, Secretary of CUFOA for the following.
Re: The Proposal to Ban Handguns
Please pardon my taking a page from Wendy Cukier's playbook, but perhaps this shooting tragedy will finally help the Responsible Firearms Community of Canada to realize that we will never be 'good enough' nor regulated, licensed, and scrutinized enough to be left alone "to enjoy our sport." As a retired RCMP officer told me eighteen years ago after Marc Lepine killed the students at the …cole Polytechnique, "there will always be another shooting." And after each shooting, the government of whichever party raises the requirements to own firearms. Even with the Liberals and Allan Rock out of office, his mantra "only the military and the police should have firearms" continues to be repeated ad nauseam.
In this latest shooting the 'object' causing the death was a "legally registered" handgun; presumably that means the owner was also legally licensed. Thus, neither registration of the firearm nor licensing the owner prevented the tragedy nor can either ever do so, human nature being what it is. But that will not stop our current government from "doing something" to "prevent this type of tragedy." As a minimum look for Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day to declare he will make screening for licensing even more "rigorous." Not that the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) can screen its astronauts well enough to weed out irrational behaviour.
But suppose for a moment that two or three more shootings with a "legally registered" handgun occur this year or next, and the mayor of Toronto convinces enough Members of Parliament to ban handguns. Would that handgun ban prevent this type of senseless tragedy? Anyone who could legally own a registered handgun could certainly own a shotgun or a rifle "for sport shooting." And what will stop an owner of that type of firearm from keeping it in the truck of his or her car for this type of occasion?
In three of four years, after a series of deaths 'caused by' a "legally registered" shotgun or sporting rifle, the mayor of Toronto will be calling just as loudly for a ban on that type of "weapon." We have already seen that many members of the Liberal Party of Canada want to ban semi-automatic rifles. Can your pump shotgun be far behind? We cannot make ourselves 'responsible' enough to 'earn' the privilege to have firearms for 'sport.' Forget "sports shooting." The only true, valid basis for our owning firearms is the Right to Self protection, and that free from a government license to own a firearm.
Perhaps this senseless death will finally drive that point home.
Edward B. Hudson, DVM
In yet another disgustingly blatant smear against lawful gun owners the Chief Firearms Office in Ontario is initiating a pilot program to begin limited home inspections in the Toronto area. under the following circumstances:
1. The firearm owner is 75 years and older 2. He owns at least 10 firearms or prohibited and/or restricted firearms
This is apparently in response to a request from The Toronto Police Service (under the jurisdiction of giant bag of wind Chief Bill Blair).
This latest fiasco is so pathetic that we donít even know where to begin. The inspection provisions contained in the Firearms Act in relation to private homes is a violation of the fundamental rights of Canadians to be free from unreasonable search and seizure and the right to remain silent pursuant to sections 7, 8 and 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Violating the rights of our senior citizens, many of them WWII veterans, to alleviate a perceived public safety problem identified by a politically motivated city administration in Toronto is just pathetic.
In addition, it is sure to generate complaints to the Human Rights Commissioner regarding age discrimination. It is painfully obvious that these Ďinspectionsí are nothing more than fishing expeditions designed to harass lawful gun owners.
Should you receive a notice regarding an inspection contact CILA/CSAA immediately (1 888 873 4339). You are encouraged to use every legal option available, including non-cooperation and refusal of the inspections. CILA/CSSA will provide legal representation to challenge these actions in court. If you do not live in Toronto do NOT think this doesnít affect you. If this Ďpilotí programme is allowed there, it is only a matter of time before it spreads to the rest of the province and to people younger than 75. This should be a reminder to all gun owners - YOU SHOULD NEVER ALLOW THE POLICE INTO YOUR RESIDENCE WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT. To do so is only inviting trouble.
What amazes us is how, after pulling nonsense like this, that the police are surprised when the public does not cooperate with them. You are strongly urged to call or write to your MPP, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino to demand they stop this harassment of lawful firearm owners.
In the last edition of the newsletter we noted that Bill C-21, an act to repeal the long gun registry, had died with the adjourning of Parliament. As promised, the Conservatives promptly introduced a replacement bill, C-24.
The bad news is that it is the exact same bill as C-21 with all the same problems and potential for abuses by provincial CFOís that existed in C-21. The good news (in a backhanded sort of way) is that it is unlikely to ever reach the debate stage in Parliament. In our meetings with some high ranking Conservatives they have made it clear that they will not be proceeding with the bill if they do not think it will pass, which at present they do not. That begs the question, why even introduce it?
Our take on it is that it is an attempt to convince gun owners that the Conservatives are still serious about repealing the registry and that it is still a priority with them. While we wish they had a little more backbone, in their defence it is a tough sell. Anyone with half a brain (that leaves out the Liberals and NDP) knows that the registry has been a colossal flop, but you can bet that the Liberals will spin any attempt to get rid of the Registry as the Conservatives not caring about gun crime. With an election this spring becoming a near certainty the Conservatives are not about to give the opposition any issues that they might be able to sell to the public.
UN Gun Marking Scheme Derailed
We reported in the last issue about the United Nations gun marking scheme and the dramatically negative effect it would have on Canadian gun sales. We are pleased to report that some intense eleventh hour arm twisting by The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) and CILA/CSSA on the Conservative caucus managed to stall the December 2007 implementation date. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day announced a two year delay of the regulations until the matter can be studied more thoroughly with input from all concerned. While it is only a delay it buys some valuable time to revisit the issue and expose it for the waste of time and money that it is.
As noted in previous newsletters, the 12/6 handgun situation continues to drag along. Local cases were supposed to be heard in early July 2007 but have now been delayed till Jan. 28, 2008. These guns are so dangerous that it is taking the government over a year to get the issue resolved.
When you are talking to your MP remind them that you donít appreciate the government that is supposed to be a friend to gun owners trying to confiscate their personal property.
Anti-Gun/Anti Hunting List
A lesson learned from our American neighbours is that one of the best ways to strike back against anti-gun groups is to hit them financially. Beginning with this newsletter as a regular feature we are going to publish the names of companies and organizations which have a proven track record of anti-gun bias and then let you decide whether you want to continue to patronize them or not.
-Lincoln County Humane Society -Chapters bookstore - Fairview Mall, St. Catharines -Outdoors Oriented, Ridley Plaza, St. Catharines -Christopherís Smoke Shop, James St., St. Catharines -YWCA (all branches)
If you know of any others that you think should be added to the list please contact us.
Remember to wear red on Fridays to show your support for our troops.
Push for 1000
Membership in TSCON currently stands at about 950 households and we would dearly love to be able say that we have 1000 members. How about convincing your shooting & hunting buddies and gun owning relatives and friends to join us.
All 2007 memberships expired on Dec. 31/2007. If you received a 2008 membership card in this mailing, or if your mailing label reads "07" or earlier, you are not a paid up member for 2008. Please take the time to renew right now. Maybe even throw in a few extra dollars as a donation if you can spare them. The current minority government situation means an election could be called at any time and we want to be financially prepared. Our main revenue sources are memberships and the gun shows, and the short time before a possible election reduces our income potential.
We have just received a new supply of "The Sporting Clubs of Niagara" t-shirts, sweat shirts and hats. (Hats are now available in four colours.) They are good quality and available in a variety of sizes and designs. Get them while the supply lasts. Available at the following prices:
T-shirts M-XL $16
T-shirts XXL $18
Sweats M-XL $20
Sweats XXL $22
Hats w/TSCON crest $15
TSCON crest alone $6.
Buy them at the gun show or from any member of the Executive.
Your Rights are in the Cards!
We continue to hear horror stories of police abusing their powers when dealing with firearm owners including one incident where a police officer parked outside a gun club and pulled over a member leaving the club for no reason except that there might be firearms in the car (after all it was a GUN club). Our laminated wallet-sized printed cards declaring your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer when it appears that the police are overstepping their authority when questioning you in dubious circumstances are proving extremely popular (which is a little scary when you think of it). We are only asking for $1 per card to defray the cost of production. If you want cards mailed to you please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request. More info on this is on our website in archived copies of newsletter Vol. 11 #4 and Vol. 12 #1.
TSCON Web Site
All our newsletters as well as other interesting and informative information are available on our web site: http://www.vaxxine.com/scon Comments or suggestions?? Call John at 905-562-7686
Gun Show Dates
Confirmed dates for our 2008 gun shows are as follows:
Gun Show Location
Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Ave., St. Catharines
If you want tables for the Feb. 22/08 show, contact Carson Moore right away 905-934-6469 or 905-650-7414 (cell). Shows usually sell out and often we do not have tables for all our vendors. If you want tables, call early!
Notice to Gun Show Vendors
Late arrivals - If you think you are going to be late to the gun show you should call Carson Moore ASAP at the Merritton Community Centre (905-682-0098) so he can hold your tables. Otherwise, he may rent them to walk-in vendors after the 6:00 p.m. cutoff.
Free Classified Ads for Members
Classified ads for shooting related items are free for members. Please call 905-685-4480 and submit ads by the dates listed for inclusion in the next newsletter:
Vol. 14 #2 Mar. 25, 2008
Vol. 14 #3 Aug. 1, 2008
For Sale: Remington Model 760 rifle, pump action, calibre 300 Savage, $450 Remington Sportsman Model 48 shotgun, 12 ga. semi-auto, Call Don 519-747-2885 or leave message
For Sale: Marlin Model 336 lever action rifle, calibre .444 Marlin, excellent, asking $550. Call Nelson 519-467-5472
For Sale: Naval cannon, British made-Danish, 3" bore, 42" long on steel carriage with steel wheels, sell or trade. Call Mel 905-201-1886
For Sale: Bear Whitetail Hunter II compound bow, quiver, 6 XX75 Easton arrows, 6 broadheads, 6 field tips, arrow sights, bow case. $150 firm. Call Ken 905-563-7175.
For Sale: Lee 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotshell reloader, includes all powder and shot bushings, crimping tools and some Winchester field wads. Asking $150. Call Ken 905-563-7175
For Sale: Browning Gold Edition Gun safe, 32 gun capacity with dehumidifier, like new. $1500. Call Bob 905-894-6663
For Sale: Excalibur Wolverine crossbow, 150 lb. pull weight, 15 years old, excellent condition (only used a few times). Accessories include Tasco Propoint scope, extra blades, 1 dozen bolts, safety harness, screw in steps, bolt on removable steps and others. Asking $450. Call Richard 905-309-4403
Trigger Locks for Sale
The Sporting Clubs of Niagara has trigger locks for sale. They aren't fancy and they take a few seconds to put on and take off but they are legal. Locks are only $1.00 each! Pick them up at the club table at the gun show or call any member of the Executive. Large quantities available!
General 905-685-4480 or 905-937-2301
Gun Show 905-934-6469
St. Catharines, ON
Where? St. Catharines Game and Fish Building, next to the boat ramp on Lighthouse Road in Port Dalhousie.
When? Wednesdays, 7:00 pm.
Who? Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend.
Moved, Address Changes, Etc.
To notify us of address changes, duplicate mailings, to be removed from the mailing list or to request a copy of the newsletter call 905-685-4480.
Quote of the Month
"The sword does not cause the murder, and the maker of the sword does not bear sin." Rabbi Nachmanides, in the 14th Century
Buy, Sell or Trade, 100+ tables of Antique and Modern Firearms, Knives, Hunting Accessories and Gun Parts
For tables or information call:
Carson @ 905-934-6469 or 905-650-7414 (cell)