On May 1, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lectured Canadians on the evils of the AR-15 firearm.
“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair echoed the Prime Minister’s virtue-signalling trope.
“For decades, chiefs of police advocacy groups, grieving families, and everyday Canadians have been calling for a ban of these types of firearms. Guns that were designed for soldiers to kill other soldiers and not for recreational purposes. Guns that belong on a battlefield and not on our streets. Guns that were designed to people. They were intended in their purpose to kill people and they have been used in Canada to kill innocent people.”
Justice Minister David Lametti similarly echoed the Prime Minister’s words.
“Too often we have seen cases where weapons that were designed for use on the battlefield have made their way into our community and have been used to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”
Not to be out-done by her male colleagues, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland piled on.
“Neither my dad nor any other farmer I knew then or have known since, owned an assault rifle or an assault style rifle. That’s because those weapons are not for hunting. They aren’t for shooting a prairie chicken or scaring off a bear. They’re designed for only one purpose: to kill people and to look like they can kill people.”
If there is “no use and no place for such weapons in Canada” as the Prime Minister insists, one may be excused for asking the obvious question:
Why do Canadian police forces need guns whose sole purpose is, according to the Prime Minister, “to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time”?
The answer, at least according to Toronto Police Services spokesperson Mark Pugash in 2016, is simple.
“We’re always looking at technology to see if it offers us additional safety, additional accuracy, something that can help us protect the public.”
I’ll ask the question again in a slightly different format.
How does purchasing guns the Prime Minister insists are “designed for one purpose and one purpose only – to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time” help police “protect the public”?
John Weiler, an instructor at the Ontario Police College, says these guns can also be used as part of a de-escalation strategy.
By de-escalation strategy, does Weiler mean killing “the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time”?
It may seem like a silly question, but on May 1, 2020, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Public Safety, the Justice Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister were crystal clear.
The AR-15 has only one purpose: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time.
Is it possible they were all wrong?
Is it possible all four ministers were doing absolutely nothing to keep Canadians safe?
Is it possible all four ministers were using a terrible tragedy as the means to implement what they could not do through the normal Parliamentary process?
Is it possible they all flat-out lied to Canadians during a time of national grief?
Yes, all these things are possible.
The Minister of Public Safety told Parliament on June 15, 2020, “The AR-15, and other weapons like it, have been used in mass killings in Canada… ” when the truth is the AR-15 has never been used in a mass shooting in Canada.
In fact, only twice in Canadian history has the AR-15 been used to commit murder.
- The first was a targeted gang execution in 2008 at the height of BC’s drug gang turf war.
- The second was a gun thief executed by a drug dealer in Whitehorse in 2017.
Yes, it’s entirely probable the Government of Canada, through its highest-ranking ministers, all lied to Canadians repeatedly, from May 1st until now.
The question we must as is why?
Why would the government lie to us?
What do they have to gain?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Updated June 24 to reflect the two instances where an AR-15 was used in a murder. Both murders were criminals executing other criminals.