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.

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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


“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.


Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

June 30, 2010

The following is an adaptation of the text found here:

www.killology.com/sheep_dog.htm

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Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

Then there are the wolves and they are the ones who feed on the sheep without mercy.

There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

And then there are sheepdogs.

These are the ones who protect the sheep from the wolves. The government provides sheepdogs for us in the form of the police and military, but normal, law-abiding, everyday citizens can also be sheepdogs if they have the right attitude.

If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed

Let me expand on this model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools, but many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog.

He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding a rifle. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa”…

…until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.

The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they still move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones.

If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior’s path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not an absolute all-or-nothing choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth.

We all have the ability to maintain constant mental vigilance, to seek out and identify potential threats to the personal safety of ourselves and our loved ones. We are all able to mentally prepare for the worst and to have a plan of action in place to help us deal with such events. You don’t need to be a ninja or commando to see that the group of crack-heads heading your way is probably up to no good, but you can’t avoid them if you aren’t watching for them. I urge you to seriously reconsider the level of alertness you maintain while out in public; if not for your own safety, than for the safety of your loved ones. But, if you choose to continue to meander on oblivious to the potential threats against your safety, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself…

“Baa.”


I am a Proud Canadian Firearms Owner!

March 25, 2010

Shooting is a link to my ancestry and heritage from a time when it meant survival.

I know how to safely handle a firearm and I was taught this from an early age. Most importantly, I follow these practices.

I hunt paper, clay, metal, edible meat, and farmyard pests; not people.

I enjoy hunting for the time I spend being surrounded by and soaking in the great outdoors for I know that even though I am within in it I can never completely be a part of it.

I enjoy target shooting because it’s good clean fun!

I respect the value of life including that which I take to put food on my table.

I honour the game I take for my table as I know that it knew far more about living in the wild than I ever could.

I respect law and order, not crime and anarchy.

I do not believe guns are evil or immoral because I know that those traits come from within an individual, not an inanimate object. I believe individuals are responsible for their own decisions and actions and in personal accountability for them.

My guns do not have a mind of their own, are not possessed, and do not cause me to have evil thoughts.

My guns have helped me to sharpen skills like discipline, focus, self-control, and personal responsibility.

I believe people have the legal and ethical right to defend life and property- with a firearm if necessary. I do not relish the idea doing so.

My guns are tools, and at times toys, not weapons. For it is the way an object is used that defines what it is. I sincerely hope my firearms never have to be called in to that kind of service.

I am a Canadian Gun Nut!

www.canadiangunnutz.com


What Didn’t Stop a Killer and What Did

March 1, 2010

A teacher has been shot and killed in a school parking lot. It’s not necessary to go into specific details of the incident, which are easy enough to find, but I will provide some observations that are generally applicable.

Schools are, for the most part, legally-designated “gun free zones” as far as “ordinary citizens” are concerned.

That did not stop the killer.

The killer had a restraining order placed against him.

That did not stop him.

The killer had been arrested for violating the restraining order.

That did not stop him.

ROs and violations typically result in orders to surrender firearms.

That did not stop him.

It is illegal to stalk someone.

That did not stop him.

It is illegal to murder someone.

That did not stop him.

The only thing that stopped the killer was another person with a gun.

That stopped him.

Each of us has a right not to be hurt by someone else, and if someone tries to hurt us, we have a right to protect ourselves.

The corollary to this fundamental truth is equally simple: We cannot effectively protect ourselves without the possessing the means of defense.

It’s really no more complicated than this. Put in such simple terms, one can only marvel at the type of mind that would deny it, and demand enforced defenselessness of others.

Courtesy Oleg Volk, A Human Right

http://www.examiner.com/…What-didnt-stop-a-killer-and-what-did