MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
If you think Allan Rock and the Liberal government ain't after your guns it's time to get your head out of your ass.
Rock attended the United Nations crime conference last year in Cairo. What you probably don't know is that a resolution came out of that meeting calling for "a common strategy for effective control of firearms at the global level." This resolution was launched by the Canadian and Japanese contingents and is currently under study. It is expected to be completed in 1998.
Of the 11 panel members assembled to collect data, three are Canadian including the chair, James Hayes, who is the head of the Canadian Centre for International Firearms Regulations. Hayes was one of the prime movers behind the development of Bill C-68. None is on our side.
Hunters take note - Law Professor Thomas Mason pointed out: "Once a country signed on to the convention, it would become law in that country." What Chretien would not dare put before parliament or the Canadian people can be brought in through the back door. If the Liberals are re-elected expect to be disarmed by the turn of the century. Folks, that's only four years away.
The world thinks Canadians are politically apathetic---Prove it wrong. An election is likely in the spring of next year. More than your vote is needed. Call the Party that supports you and ask how you may help.
Rank and file politicians have two jobs. One is to get elected to give their Party power; the other is to vote as their masters tell them. Support a Party; individual MPs can't help you.
The gun issue is a symptom of a greater problem. Since the 1960s governments have made more and more intrusions into the lives of the people. They have changed from servant to master.
We must get government out of our lives while we still can. Only you can make a difference.
IN MEMORIAM - BILL WAGNER
It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Director Bill Wagner on June 24, 1996. For the past several years Bill was one of the most active people in the local pro-gun movement, often spending much of his own money in support of our cause. Bill was a major driving force behind the formation of "The Sporting Clubs of Niagara". He was also well known to the local shooting community as an FAC instructor, president of Pinecrest Pistol Club, a director of the Ontario Handgun Association and an all around good friend who always took the time to help fellow shooters, novice and expert alike. The shooting community needs people like Bill Wagner and his loss leaves a huge gap that we will have a difficult time filling.
THE SPORTING CLUBS OF NIAGARA T-SHIRTS
The Sporting Clubs of Niagara has good quality T-shirts made up with our name and logo on the front and "Remember Bill C-68 When You Vote" on the back. The cost is a very reasonable $10 and all profits go towards protecting your rights as firearms owners and supporters. There are still some left and they will be available at the gun show. Look for them!!!!
Our next gun show is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 1996 at the CAW Hall in St. Catharines. Get ready for the fall hunting and shooting season. See the enclosed flyer for details.
The National Firearms Association has developed a plan which is designed to discourage the seizure of certain classes of handguns which have been recently declared "prohibited" under Bill C-68. See the enclosed flyer detailing the steps necessary to join "Operation Biteback". Remember that Mike Harris' Conservative government is not very supportive of C-68 in the first place so the more aggravation it causes them the less likely they are to vigorously enforce it.
As a member of "The Sporting Clubs of Niagara" you receive the following benefits:
Remember, all the money generated by "The Sporting Clubs of Niagara" is used locally to protect the interests of local sporting citizens. It is likely the best value you are getting anywhere for your hard-earned dollars and needs your continued support.
Have you been thinking about joining "The Sporting Clubs of Niagara" but have been putting it off? If so, for a limited time a good deal just got better. If you join for 1997 you can enjoy the member benefits listed above for the balance of 1996 as well. Enclosed is a 1997 membership application. Detach the membership card, fill it in and keep it. Complete the information half of the card and mail it in with your remittance to:
FREE CLASSIFIED ADS FOR MEMBERS Beginning with the next newsletter, members will be able to place a free classified ad for shooting sports related items. The conditions are as follows:
ADDRESS CHANGES/DUPLICATE MAILINGS
Are you moving, receiving duplicate mailings or want your name removed from our mailing list? Please drop us a note at our postal address or call Gerry Gamble to have the correction made as we wish to keep our mailing list as current as possible.
HELP!! FUND RAISERS NEEDED
Do you have any experience in or suggestions for fund raising? If so, we want to hear from you as we need to build up our war chest for the anticipated upcoming Federal election. Contact any member of the Executive with your ideas. We need any help you can provide.