I’m going to preface this by stating that I’ve never owned a gun. I do not have a gun licence. I have fired guns under controlled circumstances before. My family is a victim of gun violence, when back in 1984 my sister was shot and her friend was killed in an act of rage and violence. The scars still show on my sister as she is missing her ring finger on her right hand because of it. I’m not American, so the rights to the Second Amendment mean nothing to me. I’m not a member of the NRA or any sort of gun club. But I do know responsible citizens who are gun owners. Responsible citizens who collect fire arms. Responsible citizens who hunt for food. Responsible citizens who have never pulled a gun on someone out of anger or threat. In fact, statistics show that the majority of gun owners have never used their weapons as an act of violence.
Up here in Canada recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government tightened up gun laws banning anything that looks like an assault style weapon. This even included ‘airsoft’ rifles that shoot plastic bb’s. Why? Because of the horrific shooting in Nova Scotia that lead to the deaths of 22 innocent people in the worst act of domestic terrorism in recent Canadian history. Trudeau was quoted as saying, “These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time.” What Trudeau, and other fire arms activists failed to tell you is the man who was responsible for the murderous spree, Gabriel Wortman, who was shot and killed by Nova Scotia RCMP officers, purchased his gun illegally from the United States and was not allowed to have a fire arms licence in Canada. What Trudeau failed to mention to the public is that Canada has a massive problem, especially in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, with guns being smuggled into those port cities and being used for criminal purposes. What Trudeau failed to tell the public was that Canadian gun laws restrict the amount of ammunition a magazine can hold to a limit of ten bullets. What Trudeau failed to mention to the world was that these new laws to allegedly keep Canada safe, only harm the legal, law biding citizens of the country, many of whom are rural farmers who use those weapons to protect their live stock from predatory animals like bears, cougars, wolves and coyotes. The Prime Minister also failed in giving a plan on how his government was going to try and police the ports to thwart illegal guns from entering the country, so criminals don’t use illegal guns in their crime sprees.