In case you didn’t see it, the Liberal Party of Canada under Justin Trudeau finally released its party’s position on firearms.
Predictably, we had a few emails sent our way stating that despite the policy document, “the Liberals wouldn’t actually do that,” as well as the standard “don’t tell me who to vote for,” and the “why is this so partisan?”
So before we delve into the quagmire of the Liberal’s campaign promises, let’s address these concerns.
“The Liberals wouldn’t actually do that.” Really? They did it last time. The Liberal Policy Convention Resolution 151 brought forward several gun control proposals designed to ban firearms. It was tempered only by M.P. Wayne Easter’s passionate admonition that their first round of gun control cost them 60 seats in the 2011 federal election and that Liberals should shut up about further gun control measures until after winning an election.
Just last spring, a Liberal Senator introduced a Senate bill that would ban almost half the guns in Canada. Still think they wouldn’t do it?
“Don’t tell me who to vote for.” Once again, we ADVISE you on firearms issues. We do not tell you who to vote for. It’s our job to inform you, even if it isn’t what you may want to hear.
“Why is this so partisan?” Simple answer: there is only one federal party that respects firearm owners and supports your right to own your legally-acquired property. Find another mainstream party that does this, and we will publish it. Honest.
Now on to this week’s commentary …
Commentary: Liberal lies about guns, Part 75
As is standard procedure for Liberals when talking about guns, they torque the truth to its breaking point. The party’s 2015 election policy on guns illustrates that the contempt shown to our community has not changed.
Let’s break down the latest in a long line of Liberal lies about guns in Canada…
LIBERAL LIE: Over the last decade, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has steadily weakened our gun laws in ways that make Canadians more vulnerable and communities more dangerous.
FACT: Firearm owner licensing, one of the few parts of the Firearms Act that offers any value for public safety, has not changed. No part of the licensing process or ongoing licensing checks has been diminished. In fact, they have been enhanced under Stephen Harper. However, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals know there’s no vote to be had in telling this truth.
LIBERALS WILL repeal changes made by Bill C-42 that allow restricted and prohibited weapons to be freely transported without a permit.
FACT: At no time can restricted or prohibited firearms be transported without an Authorization to Transport. All transport regulations remain fully in effect and in force. The Authorization to Transport is now an mandatory electronic condition placed on each firearm owner’s Firearms license. The benefit to firearms owners is less paperwork. The benefit to police is that ATT’s are now available on CPIC (they thought they were being very clever, and we didn’t notice) and the benefit to the Liberals is that no trees are harmed and that climate change no longer affects ATTs. (Sorry, that was sarcastic.)
LIBERALS WILL put decision-making about weapons restrictions back in the hands of police, not politicians.
FACT: Actually, we could save a billion dollars a year if we simply dissolve Parliament and let the police establishment make all of the laws. After all, if the people we elect to create laws aren’t considered intelligent and responsible enough to do so, why bother electing them? (sorry, sarcastic again.)
That such drivel could even emanate from the Liberals shows the most profound misunderstanding of Democracy 101, enormous disrespect to Canadians and very poor judgement.
They also forget that this provision of Bill C-42 was added because the RCMP insisted on playing politics with the classification process. For example, interpreting the AK-47 variant clause to include .22 calibre plinking rifles is patently absurd.
LIBERALS WILL require enhanced background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a handgun or other restricted firearm.
FACT: Too late! This procedure is already in place, and its the Conservative government that did this. Inferring that applicants for restricted firearm licenses are NOT thoroughly screened is ludicrous and disingenuous, if not a flat-out lie.
LIBERALS WILL require purchasers of firearms to show a license when they buy a gun, and require all sellers of firearms to confirm that the license is valid before completing the sale.
FACT: It is already a requirement, and has been since 1979, for every purchaser of a firearm to show his or her firearm license when purchasing a firearm. Sellers have also, since 1979, been required to confirm that firearm licenses are valid prior to completing sales.
LIBERALS WILL immediately implement the United Nations’ imported gun marking regulations that have been repeatedly delayed by Stephen Harper.
FACT: Uh, the Liberals postponed implementation of the U.N. gun marking regulations for a few years themselves because these regulations would permanently shut down much of the Canadian firearm industry and put hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Canadians out of work. Every level of government involved knows the destruction these regulations will wreak. Still Canada’s Chiefs of Police continue to lobby HARD to implement them.
LIBERALS WILL ensure that Canada becomes a party to the International Arms Trade Treaty.
FACT: The amendment process of the Arms Trade Treaty dissolves Canada’s sovereignty to a 75 per cent majority vote on ANY amendment made to the treaty by other countries. The United Nations should not get to decide Canada’s laws. That’s the RCMP’s job! (OK, that was REALLY sarcastic.)
It’s very clear: Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada cannot be trusted when it comes to the lawful possession of firearms by ordinary, decent Canadians. Indeed, it appears that Trudeau’s Liberals cannot be trusted to uphold even the most basic tenants of Canadian democracy.
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