Buy back of assault rifles won’t work
Justin Trudeau’s plan to ban and ultimately buy back assault rifle (AR) style weapons and allow municipalities to ban handguns is simply a non-starter. According to a recent news report, in 2018, there was precisely one reported incident in Canada involving an AR weapon. There are approximately one-million restricted (handguns and AR-type) and prohibited (small handguns and fully automatic) weapons legally registered in Canada. AR weapons are clearly not a problem in Canada. If New Zealand’s buy-back plan is estimated to cost $200 million, ours will cost considerably more based on population.
As for a handgun ban, if such a ban were to become law, what guns would they be able to seize? Legally registered guns would be easy, but what about unregistered ones? As a person with more than 40 years experience in law enforcement and security and a lifelong gun owner, I have some suggestions for what politicians should be doing to make us all safer.
The government should enact and enforce mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes committed using a firearm, prohibit release while a trial’s pending for those crimes, create legislation to allow police to crackdown on gangs, step up border security, and media should downplay coverage of shooting events since it gives criminals seeking attention too much publicity.
They should also strengthen firearms storage requirements to minimize theft and create legislation to allow police to do quick pat down searches without reasonable and probable grounds.
Canada had 266 firearm homicides in 2017, an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 impaired driving related deaths, 2,750 deaths in hospital where alcohol was a major cause and about 45,000 deaths from smoking.
One death from any of these is too many, but we have to acknowledge there’s no magic solution. I ask instead of trying to win votes by doing something we know won’t work, we ask you put your efforts and our money into things that will work.
Looking for Ontario veterans
I’d like to inform your readers about two special medals available for our veterans. These are the National Order of the Legion of Honour from France and the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea.
Our veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War have fought hard and made tremendous sacrifices. They’ve won the greatest level of respect and thanks we can give them. The French government’s awarding their highest medal to living Canadian veterans who directly helped to liberate their country between June 6 and August 30, 1944.
The Republic of Korea’s presenting its Ambassador for Peace Medal to all Canadian veterans who participated in the Korean War and its peacekeeping operations between 1950 and 1955. Living veterans or the families of veterans who have passed away may be eligible to receive this special medal from Korea.
If you’re a veteran or know someone and who might be eligible for one of these medals, please contact me. I’m an unofficial volunteer who’s willing to help you with your application and a recipient of the Minister of Veterans Affairs commendation and the Sovereign’s medal for volunteers.
For more information, please contact Mr. Guy Black at C/O 515; 95 Moody St.; Port Moody, B.C.; V3H0H2 or email Korea19501953@yahoo.com and include the subject “Veterans Medals.”
Port Moody, B.C.