A political beliefs test for German gun owners may coming if their Interior Minister gets his way. This desire to test for thought crimes is sparked by Germany’s latest lunatic with a gun and his hate-filled internet manifesto.
Once a gun owner beliefs test implemented there, you can bet it will come to Canada next, courtesy of Loki Hulgaard’s Racist Manifesto or another one like it.
Racist Killer Sparks Call For German Thought Police
On February 20, 2020, a licenced gun owner walked into two shisha bars in Germany and killed nine people before going home, killing his mother and finally himself. Chancellor Angela Merkel was quick to label the killer as a “right-wing extremist” with “racist” motives.
Horst Seehofer, Germany’s Interior Minister, ratcheted up the rhetoric, saying he wants to add a political beliefs test to his country’s firearm licencing scheme. He stopped short of calling for mandatory psychiatric tests.
“This is not only about the question of whether someone has properly stored his weapon or kept the ammunition separate from it – it must also be about very personal matters.”
Bild, Germany’s largest-selling newspaper, echoed Seehofer’s plans to investigate the political beliefs of gun owners.
“We need new and stricter laws to regularly and thoroughly check owners of hunting and firearm licenses. We immediately need more (intelligence) positions to monitor right-wing radicals and intervene before it’s too late.”
Horst Seehofer’s desire to examine “very personal matters” and Bild’s desire to “monitor right-wing radicals” likely means they want to limit gun ownership to those with “approved” political beliefs, raising the spectre of both George Orwell’s 1984 and the Minority Report.
The groundwork for this is well established in the attitudes of many activists and politicians who dislike civilians owning firearms.
“Every gun owner is law abiding…until they are not.”
This statement is correct – not broadly, of course – but for a minuscule percentage of people who are issued a Possession and Acquisition Licence by the RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Centre.
The terrifying and more pressing issue is this handful of formerly-legal gun owners tend to drop a trail of innocent bodies in their wake – often before killing themselves like the pathetic cowards they are.
If we could find a way to convince these unbalanced individuals to start their killing sprees with the last person on their list, themselves, all this misery would be avoided.
But we can’t… and they don’t.
They start at the wrong end of the list and leave us to clean up the nightmare left behind – the physical expression of their unbalanced minds and deranged manifestos.
Public Safety Canada’s Quick Facts
Right-wing extremism refers to a range of individuals and groups, often in online communities, who hold a wide range of issues and grievances that are backed by hatred and fear. These can include, but are not limited to: anti-government and anti-law enforcement sentiment, the advocacy of white nationalism and racial separation, and anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Is Canada’s Thought Police Next?
The collision between our Charter-protected right to Freedom of Thought and Expression and the government’s desire to keep the public safe is inevitable.
These ideals are never easy to balance – not for governments or individuals – and the question is always the same.
Where do you draw the line?
On August 21, 2019, the Government of Canada, through Bill Blair’s Public Safety Ministry, announced funding of $304,253 over three years for a Quebec college’s project, The Far-Right in Quebec: Actors, Ideologies, and Prevention.
Cégep Édouard-Montpetit will “examine the far-right extremism movement in Quebec through media research and interviews with experts and activists” to help stop this “growing movement” in Quebec.
“By developing a stronger grasp of the behaviors and motivations that fuel the current far-right extremism movement in Quebec, we can support local organizations and police services to develop better tools and strategies to counter this dangerous ideology and to help keep our communities safe,” said Sherry Romanado, Member of Parliament for Longueuil–Charles-LeMoyne.
Jim Bronskill, investigating for The Canadian Press, wrote:
CSIS, which has spent much of the last two decades investigating jihadi-inspired terrorism, said last year it was increasingly preoccupied by those looking to support or engage in violence that is racially motivated, ethno-nationalist, anti-government or misogynist in nature.
I oppose the government’s position on a wide variety of issues. While my motives are not “racially motivated, ethno-nationalist, or misogynist in nature“, depending on how “anti-government” is defined, I could easily fall inside those parameters.
Where does this leave us, as a nation?
I don’t know.
Will my only hope for salvation, should a political beliefs test come to Canada, rest in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a document which is so often not worth the paper its printed on?