Deregulating the AR-15

December 21, 2014

The AR-15 is an excellent pest control, competition, and hunting rifle. The way it works and the ammo it uses is no different from the hunting rifles your fathers and grandfathers used.

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It’s lightweight, easy to use, configurable for different sized shooters, versatile, available in many different calibres, reliable, and very accurate. In other words, it’s just about the perfect sporting rifle. So why is it that we aren’t allowed to hunt with it in Canada?

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The only place that Canadians can legally shoot their AR-15s is at the range. And we do that a lot. Thousands upon thousands of AR-15s are used every year in action sporting competitions, long range precision shooting, and most often, just for fun. Its relatively low recoil makes it the perfect rifle to introduce someone new to shooting.

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In the US and other parts of the world, the AR is one of the most popular hunting rifles for all the reasons listed above. Many use it for deer hunting, others for black bear, but the most common use for it is predator and pest control. The lightweight and high velocity properties of the most common caliber (the .223 Remington) makes it an excellent varmint eradicator. Ranchers, farmers and others use the AR-15 to protect valuable property and livestock.

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So with all the positive attributes, why do Canadian politicians stop us from using one of the best rifles available to us for hunting? Simply put, it’s because they think it’s scary looking. We tell our kids not to judge something based on the way it looks, let’s stop doing that with the AR.

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Help show your support to end some of the ineffective gun laws in Canada by downloading and printing off the NFA’s latest petition to deregulate the AR-15 and put it back in the hands of Canadian hunters where it belongs.

NFA AR-15 Deregulation Petition

While you’re at it, do the same with their other petition dealing with magazine capacity restrictions.


North America’s Violent Crime Rates for 2012

May 19, 2014

There is a common misconception that the United States of America is an extremely violent country. Many contribute this to the fact the US holds the title of having the highest number of firearms per capita. It is reported that the civilian firearm ownership rate is somewhere around 89 guns per 100 residents. Canada’s firearms ownership rate is reported to hover closer to 31.

As one would expect, the US suffers from the highest rate of gun related homicide of all developed countries. Makes sense. I would also expect to see the highest number of traffic fatalities in those countries with the highest number of cars since it’s kinda hard to get killed in a car crash if you live in Togo where there are only 2 cars per 1,000 people.

Comparing gun deaths between two countries with dissimilar gun ownership rates is comparing apples to oranges if you’re trying to determine how safe a country is.

I think a better indication of determining how safe a country is would be to look at its overall violent crime rate. After all, an assault is an assault and a death is a death no matter what tool was used to implement it. Since the US has the highest number of guns, many assume that its total violent crime rate must be highest as well. Let’s a have a look at the real numbers for the year 2012 and see if this is true.

Criminally Violent Crimes

In 2012, the US had a reported total of 1.1 million criminally violent incidents. The total population of the US in 2012 was just under 313 million. This gives us a total violent crime rate of just less than 369 per 100,000 people. (total incidents divided by total population times 100,000; actual numbers used in calculation, not rounded figures given above; actual figures and sources listed at bottom of post)

(Screenshot from the FBI website)

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In that same year, Canada suffered less than half of the total criminally violent incidents at just over 415 thousand. But when you take into account that Canada has just over ten percent of the US total population, the numbers take a turn for the worse. When the same formula used to determine the the total violent crime rate of the US is applied to Canada’s figures, it reveals that Canada experiences just under 1,200 criminally violent incidents per 100,000.

That’s more than three times the rate of the United States!

(Screenshot from the StatsCan website)

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(It’s been pointed out to me that some of the numbers I used were incomplete. I’m therefore pulling that info until I can verify it. Thanks for the heads up SG.)

Logical Conclusions

The numbers don’t lie, at least not when they’re presented without bias. All these stats were taken from reputable government reports and formulas were applied equally. See below for yourself if you wish to do the math to ensure that I’m not twisting the numbers in any way.

While we can’t prove that more guns equals less crime, we can certainly show that more guns does not equal more crime. Maybe the fact that more and more civilians are arming themselves is making the criminals think twice before attacking. Maybe the idea of legally owning guns gives people a heightened sense of responsibility which in turn leads to second thoughts before committing violent acts. Maybe it’s none of the above and it’s just a happy coincidence. Either way, the stats appear to show that strict gun control is not the answer to violent crime.

Raw Data and Sources

Canada

Population:
34,754,300

Violent crimes reported:
415,119 or 1194.44 per 100,000

Population:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/demo02a-eng.htm

Crime Reports:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/legal50a-eng.htm

United States of America

Population:
312,780,968

Violent crimes reported:
1,154,006 or 368.95 per 100,000

Population:
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2011/12/30/us-population-2012-nearly-313-million-people

Crime Reports:
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/nibrs/2012


Slam Fire Radio!

May 26, 2013

Check out this new round table podcast featuring Owen, Trevor, and Matthew.

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A laid-back chatcast for Canadian firearms owners where we mostly we just sit around and talk about what comes up. It’s usually firearms related but it’s mostly just a bunch of guys just talking out of their brass.😉


No More Canadian Long Gun Registry!

April 9, 2012

That’s right folks, the Canadian Long Gun Registry has met its demise. On April 6th, 2012, Bill C-19 officially passed into law eliminating the need to register non-restricted firearms in Canada.

All other gun control laws are still in effect however. So you still need a license to own guns and you still need to register restricted and prohibited firearms.

So where do we go from here? How about licensing and firearm classification reform? The licensing process is unnecessarily complicated and drawn out. Let’s get it simplified and less invasive. (For instance, I see no reason why the form needs to ask about my conjugal partners) And the firearms classification process is done with no oversight resulting in several firearms being classified as restricted or prohibited based on essentially nothing other than the firearms appearance.

Remember that the fight for reasonable gun control in Canada is not over. It’s just beginning. Don’t get complacent now. Write letters to the newspapers, educate your friends and neighbours and above all, let your politicians know how you feel so they can take that message to Ottawa and we can hopefully continue to gain ground.


“Car Control” in Canada

September 30, 2010

Have you ever stopped to think about what Canada’s Traffic Laws would look like if they were designed and enforced like Canada’s Gun Laws?  Here’s a quick overview of what we’d be looking at:

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Mopeds, Scooters, Motorbikes and Sports Cars are all being reclassified as “Non-Essential Vehicles” as these are the vehicles that seem to have little practical use and seem to be the most dangerous.

Mopeds and Scooters are going to be outright banned and confiscated as they’re simply too slow and thus dangerous to share the road with faster vehicles.

Motorbikes and Sports Cars will require a “Pleasure Vehicle” endorsement on your license which will only be available after additional training. Also, these vehicles will only be allowed to be driven on special government approved driving tracks of which you must pay a yearly membership to be a member of. If your membership expires, you will be forced to turn in your Pleasure Vehicles as you obviously have no valid use for them any longer. Driving Track records will be kept and anyone who does not regularly frequent the course will have their Pleasure Vehicles confiscated.

Because it’s impossible for Police Officers to tell what kind of engine a car has, vehicles that even LOOK fast will be restricted to track use only.

If your driver’s license or vehicle registration expires, you will no longer just get a ticket; instead, ALL your vehicles will be confiscated and held until your paperwork is in order. If this takes too long, (30 days I think – and it probably will since you will only be able to apply for renewals via snail-mail) your vehicles will be destroyed with no compensation AND you will be charged under the Criminal Code – as it is YOUR responsibility to keep your paperwork valid.

Since these vehicles are more dangerous than other “Passenger” or “Commercial” vehicles, the doors must remain locked at all times when not in use AND in a locked garage so that no one without a “Pleasure Vehicle” endorsement can gain access and use them illegally.

And if you’re caught on the open road with one of these vehicles, the entire police force including the SWAT team will arrest you at gunpoint, handcuff you and the rest of your family and then refuse to issue an apology when it is later discovered that the car you were driving only LOOKED like one of the banned ones.

Yes, this actually happened here in Canada to a legal gun owner (and his family) who had done no wrong.

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Kind of messed up, eh?  But this is frustrating reality that law-abiding gun owners in Canada have to deal with.

“Well…” you might say to yourself, “…these are GUNS we’re talking about here.  They’re more DANGEROUS than cars are!”  Well actually, they’re not.  Literally thousands of more people are killed every year in car accidents than in gun accidents.  Even when you compare what guns are primarily used for in Canada – hunting – cars STILL kill TEN TIMES more animals than guns.

So why have we allowed ourselves to be treated like common criminals when it comes to our guns?  I don’t know either.  But the next time you think that the latest gun law that is being put into effect is “reasonable”, imagine that it was being applied to your car instead and see if it still sounds like a good idea.


If It Saves One Life, It’s Worth It

September 30, 2010

Really? Would you build a $2 Billion hospital if it was only going to save one life? And would you keep it open, year after year for $75 million, still waiting and and hoping to save that one life?

Didn’t think so. Funny thing is, a $2 Billion hospital would in reality save thousands of lives every year, yet I still don’t think anyone would sink this kind of money into one.

But there’s the logic behind the gun registry – something that has yet to save even one life.


A Criminal Perspective on the Long-Gun Registry

September 30, 2010

BY LES MACPHERSON, THE STARPHOENIX, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

There is no point at this late stage rehashing the debate over the long-gun registry. Except for a few dithering New Democrats, the positions are clearly defined. We have heard from the politicians. We have heard from farmers and duck hunters and from law enforcement authorities. We have heard from the Starbucks crowd and the gopher derby crowd. They all are saying pretty much exactly what they said 15 years ago when the registry was created.

The only group we have not heard from, oddly enough, is the one group the registry is meant to control, namely criminals. The whole idea was to reduce violent crime, although the registry probably has done more to reduce hunting. Since it came into effect, the sale of hunting licences in Saskatchewan, for example, has dropped by about 25 per cent, while violent crime has declined not at all. If hunters were a species, they would qualify as endangered. Meanwhile, the criminal species is flourishing.

This might explain why we’ve heard no complaints from the criminal element about the long-gun registry. It doesn’t seem to bother them. Or if it does bother them, they’re not making a big deal of it. We can’t be sure what they think because no one has asked.

For the criminal perspective on the registry, I tracked down Larry Lowlife, a serial violent offender who is between convictions and briefly out of jail. Here is the transcript of our interview:

SP: Before we talk about the long-gun registry, can you establish your credentials as a violent career criminal?

LL: Sure. (Produces a sawed-off shotgun from under his coat.) Stick ’em up

SP: (Nervous laugh) I’m convinced. Do you mind if I ask if your firearm is registered?

LL: Not to me, but it probably was registered by the previous owner. I stole it during a residential break-in.

SP: You stole it? Was the gun not secured under lock and key, as required by law?

LL: Sure, it was in a locked cabinet. The house was locked, too. Anything worth stealing is locked up. That’s one of the first things we learn in crime school.

SP: I notice you have sawed off the barrel. Did you know that’s illegal?

LL: That’s why it was under my coat.

SP: Have you been following the national debate over the long-gun registry?

LL: Not really. It has nothing to do with me.

SP: But you could be convicted for having an unregistered firearm.

LL: Not if I agree to plead out on the armed robberies.

SP: What armed robberies?

LL: The ones where I use this gun.

SP: Are you saying the registry does not deter crime?

LL: I think I answered that earlier when I said, ‘Stick ’em up.’

SP: Were you aware that the registry has cost taxpayers more than $2 billion?

LL: Two billion dollars? And they call me a criminal?

SP: So you think that’s too expensive?

LL: Not at all. I wish it cost more.

SP: More?

LL: Well, we criminals don’t pay taxes anyway, so the registry costs me, personally, nothing. I’m just glad that $2 billion isn’t available to hire more cops to arrest guys like me.

SP: But a lot of police support the registry. They supposedly access it thousands of times every day.

LL: Good for them. When they come to arrest me, they’ll check the registry and think I’m unarmed.

SP: Has the registry made it more difficult to obtain a gun for criminal purposes?

LL: Finding an illegal gun is easy. The tricky part is getting rid of it later.

SP: What message do you have for MPs who will vote this week to save or dismantle the long-gun registry?

LL: I’d tell them to put up their hands and give me their wallets and jewelry.

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