Gateway to Tyranny

July 24, 2009

The following ought to be required reading for every North American:

“New research into Adolf Hitler’s use of firearms registration lists to confiscate guns and the execution of their owners teaches a forceful lesson — one that reveals why the American people and Congress have rejected registering honest firearm owners.  It would be instructive at this time to recall why the American citizenry and Congress have historically opposed the registration of firearms.  The reason is plain.  Registration makes it easy for a tyrannical government to confiscate firearms and to make prey of its subjects.  Denying this historical fact is no more justified than denying that the Holocaust occurred or that the Nazis murdered millions of unarmed people.”

http://constitutionalistnc.tripod.com/hitler-leftist/id14.html

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Authorization to Transport

July 24, 2009

An ATT (Authorization to Transport) is a page printed off at a Provincial CFO (Chief Firearms Office) and mailed to any owner of a Restricted or Prohibited firearm that requests one.  Its purpose is to grant permission to the owner to transport his or her firearms to the range.  The thing is, the only place you’re allowed to shoot Restricted or Prohibited firearms is at a range.  Why do we need a piece of paper allowing us to do the only thing that we’re allowed to do with these particular firearms?

The gun control advocates would have you believe that your streets are safer because of these pieces of paper.  They claim that they (the ATTs) prevent firearm owners from taking their Restricted or Prohibited firearms anywhere else other than the range.  This is absolutely true… if you’re a law abiding citizen.

Criminals, on the other hand, generally are not considered law abiding citizens.  They do not buy their Restricted or Prohibited firearms from a licenced dealer, but rather the trunk of a car in some dark alley.  They do not register their firearms and they certainly do not apply for ATTs to transport them to and from the range.

So what exactly are these ATTs doing to help protect the public?  That’s right, you guessed it, nothing.  It is nothing more than a wasteful display of bureaucracy in an attempt to make the government appear to be serving some useful purpose in the protection of its citizens.

A Private Member’s Bill was recently introduced in Ottawa called C301.  It was a revision to the Firearms Law to repeal the wasteful Long Gun Registry and do away with the useless ATTs; as well as a few other things.  It was shot down primarily because the Government still foolishly believes that ATTs still serve some useful purpose.

I’m sorry, but issuing a piece of paper that allows a legal firearms owner to do the only thing he or she was allowed to do in the first place, is not a useful purpose.


CCW in Texas

July 23, 2009

(CCW – Concealed Carry Weapon; the acronym is used to describe the act of carrying a concealed firearm for the purpose of self defense)

Excerpts from: http://www.ncpa.org/ba/ba324/ba324.html

…Because of its large geographic size and population and electoral importance, Texas’ experience with concealed carry has come under sustained attack. Before passage, opponents predicted a decline in public safety, with minor incidents escalating into killings as the concealed carry law placed more guns in irresponsible hands…

In 1998 and again in 1999, the Violence Policy Center, a research organization opposed to concealed carry, released reports highlighting the numbers of Texas’ concealed carry licensees who have been arrested since the law went into effect. Using Texas Department of Public Safety records, the center pointed out that Texas licensees had been arrested for nearly two crimes a day through 1998 – with more than one arrest each month for a violent crime.

In isolation these numbers paint a troubling picture. However, the reports are misleading for several reasons. First, they do not separate crimes that involve concealed weapons from those that don’t. In addition, they ignore the fact that more than 55 percent of licensees arrested for violent crimes are cleared of the crimes for which they are arrested. Most tellingly, when the arrest rates of Texas’ concealed carry holders are compared with those of the general population, licensees are found to be more law-abiding than the average person…

…One must be at least 21 years of age, submit a photo and fingerprints for a background check, pay a $140 fee and take ten to fourteen hours of coursework. In addition, applicants must pass both a written test covering laws pertaining to deadly force and gun safety and a shooting accuracy test. Even with all of these hurdles, more than 200,000 Texans have received concealed carry permits…

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In the year 2000:
19,991,434 – total population of Texas
1,041,179 – total arrests in Texas (excluding traffic)
(http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/arrests/state/48000.html)

From Jan.1996 – Aug.2001:  (68 months)
5,314 – total arrests of CCW holders
(http://www.vpc.org/studies/ltk4one.htm)

Since we do not have individual yearly data, we can come to an approximate number of arrests per year by dividing the total number by 68 and than multiplying it by 12 to get an annual average.  From this we can surmise that the total number of arrests among CCW holders in 2000 was about 938.

Conclusion
In Texas, for the year 2000:
-the total arrest rate was 5.2% (1,041,179 arrests divided by population of Texas; 19,991,434)
-the arrest rate of CCW holders was less than 0.5% (938 CCW holders arrested divided by total number of CCW holders; 200,000)
-CCW holders were responsible for less than 0.1% of the total arrests

This data shows that an armed population does not pose any greater threat than an unarmed one.  In fact, this data shows that there is a correlation of a decreased arrest rate among armed individuals.

Just something to think about.


Gun Control – Because a woman raped and murdered is somehow morally superior to a woman with a dead rapist at her feet.

July 22, 2009

Updated: 9:09 am EDT May 7, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Jones met with one of the students to talk about the incident.

“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey.

Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.

Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.

That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.

The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.

“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.

A neighbor heard the shots and heard someone running nearby.

“And I heard someone say, ‘Someone help me. Call the police. Somebody call the police,’” said a neighbor.

The neighbor said she believes it was Lavant, who was found dead near his apartment, only one building away.

Bailey said he is just thankful one student risked his life to keep others alive.

“I think all of us are really cognizant of the fact that we could have all been killed,” said Bailey.

One female student was shot several times during the crossfire. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said they are close to making the arrest of the second suspect.


Ten Reasons to Ban Guns

July 22, 2009

1. Most people can’t be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which most people will abide by because they can be trusted.

2. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control, but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are “just statistics.”

3. Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows.

4. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time; but anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid.

5. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.

6. Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers but revert to normal when the weapon is removed.

7. Charlton Heston, a movie actor as president of the NRA was a cheap lunatic who should be ignored, but Michael Douglas, a movie actor as a representative of Handgun Control, Inc. is an ambassador for peace who is entitled to an audience at the UN Arms Control Summit.

8. Trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes, which is why you see police officers with trigger locks on their duty weapon.

9. Police officers have some special Jedi-like mastery over handguns that private citizens can never hope to obtain.

10. Private citizens don’t need a gun for self- protection because the police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for their protection.


Drug Dealer gets 10 years… Hunter receives life

July 20, 2009

Jail for Sawed-Off Shotgun

Comox Valley Echo
June 19, 2009

A Comox Valley man has been sent to jail for one year after being convicted of possessing a sawed-off shotgun without a licence.

Daniel Graham Byron, 22, was also found guilty of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and improper storage of the shotgun.

“The reason the gun was possessed by Mr. Byron was obvious,” said Judge Peter Doherty. “He was heavily involved, I would suggest, in the drug trade in this community.”

Byron was given six months jail, to be served concurrently, for trafficking drugs. Another six-month sentence for improper storage will also be served concurrently.

The one-year sentence for possessing the shotgun is the minimum sentence allowed by legislation.

“If you continue living this way, the next sentence is going to be federal penitentiary time,” said Doherty. “You’ve got to know that.”

Byron was also prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years, all items seized by police were forfeit and he was ordered to submit a sample of his DNA.

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So what’s wrong with this article. Lets start off with the sentence above the first bold line. It states that he was given two six month sentences to be served concurrently. Concurrently means at the same time. So he was really only given a six month sentence. If you read the next line down (the first bold line) you’ll see that there is a minimum sentence of one year for illegally possessing the shotgun. How is six months in jail equal to one year?

The second bold line indicates that he was prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. Sounds reasonable, right…? That is until you hear about the 65 year old, otherwise law-abiding, firearm collector who has been prohibited for life for improper firearm storage.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2009/04/29/9284636-sun.html

The police searched this lifelong hunter’s house (any firearm owner with 10 or more firearms is subject to random, usually unannounced, inspections) and discovered one firearm, out of 103, that had been improperly stored. This led to the confiscation of the entire collection and a lifetime ban on owning firearms.

So why are the drug traffickers getting slapped on the wrist while 65 year old hunters are getting the book thrown at them?

Don’t ask me, ask your MP.


Greetings and Salutations!

July 20, 2009

In the posts that follow, I’m going to share with you some information focusing mainly on Canada’s gun control laws.  There will probably be some other stuff as well; but in the end, my goal is to help show you what silly gun laws we have here in Canada.  Now, to be clear, I am not 100% against gun control, I would just like the laws to make sense.

Maybe, if you stick around long enough, and if you read with an open mind, you too will begin to understand why we need need a major reform in this area of our laws.

As this is such a volatile topic, I will endeavor to include links to all my sources of stats and to all news articles so that you can verify that I am not making this stuff up.  If you find an error, please let me know.  If you disagree with me, please let me know, but please, lets keep this civil.  And if you decide to leave a comment (for whatever reason) please be prepared to share (or better yet, include) where you got your information and be able to back up your opinions with verifiable facts.  I will do my best to do the same.

Enjoy!