On May 1st, 2020, the Liberal Government banned over 1,500 makes and models of guns they labelled “military-style assault rifles.”
The same day, Angus Reid Institute trotted out a poll to support the ban, saying “an overwhelming majority” of poll respondents – 78% – “support or strongly support” the ban on assault-style weapons.[i]
Interestingly, the Angus Reid poll also showed “an overwhelming majority” of poll respondents – 86%[ii] – do not own firearms, nor do they know much about Canada’s gun laws.
That section of the poll was not so widely reported.
Most Canadians would be surprised to learn our firearm control laws are among the most stringent in the world.
They certainly won’t learn this from our government, because politicians don’t generally traffic in truth.
This was epitomized by our Prime Minister the day he announced his gun ban.
“You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer,” Justin Trudeau said with all the indignation he could muster.
Canada’s Snake Oil Peddlers
Opportunistic politicians know they can sell anything to a grieving nation, and that’s precisely what Justin Trudeau and Bill Blair did on May 1st, 2020.
They grabbed the biggest bottle of snake oil they could find and peddled it to us on national television, along with grandiose promises their shiny new gun ban would fix the problems every other gun ban in Canadian history has failed to solve.
And Canadians bought their snake oil and gulped it down as fast as they could.
The Uncomfortable Truth
No law could stop the Nova Scotia mass murderer. He had no regard for human life. He had no regard for the myriad laws he violated for years leading up to his killing spree.
- Murder is illegal.
- Impersonating a police officer is illegal.
- Possessing guns without an RCMP-issued Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) is illegal.
He meticulously planned his murderous rampage across the entire province and used RCMP uniforms, RCMP vehicles and illegal guns to do it.
None of these facts matter to our Prime Minister and our Minister of Public Safety.
- The Nova Scotia murderer did not obtain any of his guns legally.
- Three of the four guns he used were smuggled in from the United States, but the RCMP refuses to say where the fourth gun came from.
- The Nova Scotia murderer did not have a Possession and Acquisition Licence, so he could not legally own firearms, either.
Justin Trudeau and Bill Blair purposely ignored the fact this person violated every gun law passed in the last 100 years.
Because the facts in the Nova Scotia murders don’t fit their political agenda or their preconceived narrative.
No law can ever stop someone like the Nova Scotia mass murderer.
This is the cold, dark thought that terrifies every man, woman and child in Canada, and rightfully so.
We want to believe something can be done to stop monsters like him.
We want to believe so badly we’re willing to do anything, say anything, and pay any price – even when we know we’re lying to ourselves.
In our fear and our ignorance, we allow our government to sell us snake oil.
We buy into the lie, but laws built on lies cannot stand.
Education Inoculates Against Snake Oil Salesmen
Guns are scary, especially to those who don’t know much about them.
Guns are even scarier when they are used to murder many of the 22 innocent people who died on April 18th and 19th. Gasoline and matches killed roughly one third of those individuals.
I wrote Canadian Gun Laws: A Primer for People Who Know Little About Gun Laws for three primary reasons:
- to educate people who don’t know much about guns;
- to educate people who don’t know much about Canada’s firearm owner licensing system and the much time, training and money it costs to become a legal gun owner;
- to educate people who don’t know much about Canada’s already strict gun laws.
I also wrote it because most people who don’t know much about guns are typically fearful of them. They’re also fearful of the people who own firearms legally.
This is as unfortunate as it is misguided, but this ignorance is what disingenuous politicians count on at times like this.
We’re afraid and we will believe anyone who tells us they can take the fear away.
Even when they’re lying and, if we’re brutally honest with ourselves, we know they’re lying.
Knowledge is Power, they say, and education is the best inoculation against snake oil peddlers and the lies they sell.
If you do nothing else today, I encourage you to read Canadian Gun Laws: A Primer for People Who Know Little About Gun Laws.
Then answer this question.
“Could Justin Trudeau’s and Bill Blair’s gun ban stop a man like the Nova Scotia mass murderer, who violated every law passed in the last 100 years to kill 22 innocent people?”
Please tell me your answer in the comments section below.
[ii] 73% of respondents never owned a gun, plus 13% of respondents owned guns in the past but do not own guns today.