Freedom to Own Property Returns to Canada Today

Well, not precisely. The motion to pass bill C-19, the bill to destroy the registry of unrestricted firearms, is due to be voted at 1730 Ottawa time today.

The debate yesterday was very bitter. Senators ridiculed each other’s efforts instead of presenting reasoned arguments. Irrelevance and misinformation flowed from the opposition. Here is an example:
Claudette Tardif – “The registry that this bill seeks to destroy provides valuable information to public safety officials regarding the use of long guns. RCMP data shows that long guns are the most common type of firearm used in spousal homicides. Over the past decade, 71 per cent of spousal homicides involved rifles and shotguns.”

Of course, there is no connection to the registry…

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu – “Honourable senators, I have a question for you. If the period from 1979 to 1994 saw a greater decline in the number of homicides and suicides than the period from 2005 (rp: This is a glitch. It should be 1995) to 2010 — I am comparing two periods of 15 years each — can I scientifically deduce that the absence of the registry had a greater impact on the decline of homicides and suicides than the presence of the registry?”

Sigh… Soon it will be over. All that remains is to proclaim the change in law and to implement it. I wish it were as easy as “drop database…” but I guess there will be a lot of thrashing as well. I fully expect the registry will be gone before summer peaks.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Freedom to Own Property Returns to Canada Today

  1. C-19 was passed in the Senate. Now royal assent is the last step. It could be delayed while civil servants figure out how and when…

  2. Many Canadians think of firearms as tools, not arms. In large parts of Canada there are effectively no police presence. Ordinary folks need firearms to preserve life. Think bears. I have lived in places where an emergency phone call takes days for the police to show up. Think fly-in communities and weather. Even further south, who is willing to wait for police to show up if a bear is taking the kitchen apart or chasing kids around the yard? Firearms are the best tool for many situations. Under the former legislation, people were taken to court merely for owning tools that were vital to their way of life. That was wrong and many Canadians know it. One can argue reasonably about licensing but I have never seen a reasonable argument in favour of the registry. One does not register hammers and baseball bats, tools for ordinary folk. The analogy between cars and firearms is very weak. One does not spend years in jail for driving an unregistered vehicle. One does not spend years in jail for having an unregistered vehicle on your property. In Canada, property is provincial jurisdiction. The feds invented “safety” as a new matter in federal jurisdiction, so they could mess with firearms owners. The registry was the last straw where ordinary folk would defy the law because they knew it was wrong. At that point the state lost its permission to govern. On top of that the lies spread by the gun-grabbers were clearly lies even to uninformed people who bothered to read the statistics.

  3. says:

    “people who want to have one should pass some exams to prove that they are able to handle it properly.”

    this is already the case in Canada. you can’t own or acquire any class of firearm unles you have possession and acquisition license for that class. this includes long guns (non-restricted). to get that license you must pass a written and practical test put on by (or outsourced) the RCMP.

  4. iLia says:

    Maybe it will not be reasonable to drop this registry completely, but the people who have arms must have the same rights as anybody else. The fact that someone has an long gun in his home shouldn’t give the police the right to enter his house without proper search warrant. Maybe it would be more clever simply to forbid the police enter the arms owners houses without this warrant.

    Arms can be dangerous and people who want to have one should pass some exams to prove that they are able to handle it properly. It is like cars, it is not only about the freedom of movement, it is also about the damage that an unskillful driver can cause. Everyone must have the right to drive a car, but only after they prove that they can do it.

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