In yet another stunning example of the ineptness of Canada’s Firearms Act comes a news report out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
20-year-old Jeremy Kyle St. Germain was arrested on August 7th, after managing to get himself shot. Jeremy is a career criminal with a firearms prohibition order in place.
Despite his violent criminal past, police do not check up on him, his home is not subject to random searches without a warrant, and there is no registry to track him, not even with a court-ordered firearm prohibition order against him.
That’s all reserved for law-abiding gun owners who applied for and were granted firearms licenses, aka government permission slips, to own firearms.
Jeremy understands every person with an ounce of common sense knows understands — gun laws only affect those willing to obey them. Jeremy is not one of those people.
He is charged with the following, in connection with his getting shot:
– Breach of Probation
– Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance
– Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
– Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime
– Possession of Firearm, etc, while Prohibited X2
– Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/ ammunition
This case shines a spotlight on the glaring ineffectiveness of Canada’s gun laws.
Charge: Possession of Firearm, etc, while Prohibited — He already had a firearm prohibition order against him.
Charge: Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/ ammunition — he carried a loaded handgun, a criminal code violation
Charge: Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime — He got his hands on a gun smuggled in from the United States, stole the handgun from a law-abiding gun owner, got the handgun from someone else who did.
Charge: Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose — he, while in illegal possession of a stolen handgun, behaved poorly and made himself a threat to others.
Charge: Breach of Probation — This ain’t his first run-in with the law, and he doesn’t care about complying with the rules of “polite society”.
The 16-year-old that shot him has been charged as well. The 16-year-old was also under a firearms prohibition order, which tells us he’s also been in some serious trouble before.
And it tells us the most important thing of all: Canada’s Firearms Act is a complete and utter failure when it comes to violent criminals.
Write your MP today and demand they vote in favour of Bill C-391. Don’t worry, it won’t affect Jeremy’s stolen handgun, or any other criminal’s handgun. Handguns have been registered since 1934, and Bill C-39 isn’t going to change that.
Even if it should.