It should come as no surprise that Public Safety Minister Bill Blair continues to peddle lies about his May 1st gun ban by Order in Council – specifically:
“our prohibition will not impact the activities of law-abiding hunters or sport shooters.”
“These weapons have no legitimate civilian use, as they are designed to take as many lives as possible, as efficiently as possible.”
For the past 40 years the only legally permitted use for the AR-15 and other Restricted class rifles was target shooting. The only place these firearms could legally be discharged was at a government-approved shooting range.
This is the inconvenient fact our Minister of Public Safety conveniently ignores.
“The affected firearms are prohibited as they (1) have semi-automatic action with sustain rapid-fire capability (tactical/military design with large magazine capacity), (2) are of modern design, and (3) are present in large volumes in the Canadian market.”
It should also come as no surprise that Justice Minister David Lametti backs up Bill Blair’s lies with specious claims this is about keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals.
“The Government made amendments to the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted (the Regulations) to classify certain assault-style firearms as prohibited to reduce gun violence, the threat they pose to public safety, as well as their prevalence on the market.”
Both Lametti and Blair peddle this garbage about “present in large volumes” and “their prevalence” in the Canadian market.
By this rationale the Liberal government could ban any firearm they please.
The AR-15 platform is the single most popular modern sporting rifle in North America.
The Ruger 10/22 is the single most popular .22 rifle in North America.
The RCMP already banned magazines for this beloved rifle and, given the two minister’s comments about popularity being one of three primary factors for banning guns, don’t be surprised if the Ruger 10/22 is banned next.
Once again Minister Blair peddled the line about a buy-back program.
“We have been clear that our prohibition will not impact the activities of law-abiding hunters or sport shooters. We have also signalled our intent to implement a buyback program that will provide fair compensation to affected owners”
To anyone who believes a buy-back program for guns prohibited under the May 1st Order in Council is in the offing, I would advise a word of caution.
A gun buy-back is nothing more than a promise from ministers of, arguably, the most corrupt government in Canadian history.
The government’s buy-back promise served a single purpose – to lower the volume on dissent and reduce opposition from gun owners.
Largely, it’s worked. Outside of a comparatively small band of committed firearm enthusiasts, the common sentiment among gun owners is, “Well, at least they’re going to pay for my gun when they steal it.”
I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.
This government is long on making promises and short on keeping them.
- Electoral reform
- Indigenous Reconciliation
- Balanced the Budget by 2019
- Restore Canada Post home delivery
- Make Access to Information open by default
- Ensure Access to Information laws apply to the Prime Minister’s office as well as all other government minister’s offices
- Change the House of Commons Standing Orders to end practice of using omnibus bills to hide items the government does not want scrutinized
- Create a Prime Minister’s Question Period
That’s just a partial list of their broken promises, and these are things the Liberals actually believed in prior to forming government.
Paying gun owners for their confiscated rifles? I guarantee you that’s at the bottom of this Liberal government’s priority list.