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From the Ottawa Sun: Tories step up gun registry fight

Posted by cgccanada on October 26, 2009

By KATHLEEN HARRIS, NATIONAL BUREAU CHIEF
Last Updated: 24th October 2009, 7:10pm
Ottawa Sun

Conservatives are ramping up their fight to kill the gun registry with a series of hard-hitting ads targeting a dozen or more opposition MPs, Sun Media has learned.

The series of radio spots to hit airwaves Monday will directly call on Liberal and NDP MPs in designated rural ridings to stand up for their constituents in a Nov. 4 vote to repeal the registry.

Conservatives expect the vote on C-391, a private member’s bill sponsored by Manitoba Tory MP Candice Hoeppner, will be “very close” due to vacancies in the House of Commons.

While the objective of the ad buy is to twist the arms of some MPs, Conservatives also warn the recorded votes will be fodder for the next election campaign if C-391 is defeated.

“The Conservative party recognizes that the road to a majority government is going to be paved, in part, through some of these rural ridings. And these are some of the ridings being targeted,” said a Conservative source.

The ads will run in ridings where a large portion of the constituency is known to oppose the registry. Some of the MPs targeted are Liberals Anthony Rota (Nipissing-Temiskaming) and Todd Russell (Labrador) and New Democrats Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic), Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) and Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley.) If the member publicly offers support for the bill to abolish the registry, Conservatives say they will pull the ad in that riding.

“On Nov. 4th there will be a vote in Ottawa to scrap the long-gun registry and protect our local way of life. The vote will be close. Every vote will matter,” says one sample ad. “Our MP, Anthony Rota, could make the difference. But his political bosses in Ottawa want him to vote to keep the long-gun registry.”

The ad recites the phone number of the MP’s constituency office and urges residents to call and encourage a vote to abolish the registry.

As Sun Media reported last week, Conservatives will also be distributing household flyers called “10-percenters” to drum up support in opposition ridings. Hoeppner said it’s important for every MP to have a “free, open” opportunity to stand up and vote.

The gun registry, dubbed the “$2-billion boondoggle” by its opponents, has been dogged by emotional debate since it was brought in 14 years ago. The Nov. 4 vote would move the bill into committee and bring the registry one step closer to abolishment.

“It might surprise some political observers there are a number of rural seats which are held by opposition parties that Conservative strategists believe could be picked up in a general election. A number of these ridings being targeted in this campaign,” said the Conservative source. “It’s designed to put pressure on MPs who in their own riding say they support the repeal of the gun registry yet when they are in Ottawa don’t make those views known under the weight of their political masters.”

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From Advocacynet: Elizabeth Mandelman talks about the treatment she received from the pro-gun community

Posted by cgccanada on August 17, 2009

While reflecting on the Firearms Act and my time in Canada, I feel the need to address the treatment I received from the pro-gun community this summer, specifically from members of CanadianGunNutz.com, described as Canada’s largest firearm trade and discussion forum.

According to the pro-gun community, I was in Canada trying to take away their rights.  The gunnutz community repeatedly accused me of attacking their personal freedoms, namely their freedom to carry firearms with them at all times, no matter where they are or what they are doing.  If they want to carry their gun with them to run errands or even just to buy a pack of a smokes, this should be their prerogative, is what they argued.

They told me I should be ashamed of myself based on my ‘sickening’ attempt of emotional appeal when linking gun control and domestic violence.  Newsflash, Gunnutz: Domestic violence is emotional.  It is horrifying and it is unfair.  Pretending the issue does not exist does nothing to help make it go away.

Not only did the pro-gun community constantly try attacking the legitimacy of my work and research, but they also attacked me personally; I have never experienced such degrading language or inappropriate behavior by people who claim to be adults… more

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Guns in the News: Friday Roundup

Posted by cgccanada on July 27, 2009

1. The Red Deer Advocate, July 24, 2009, Lawyer takes on gun charges

By Jack Wilson

TO RESPOND :  editorial@reddeeradvocate.com

A lawyer who specializes in defending firearms owners across Canada is acting for a Red Deer small businessman charged with several firearms charges.  Richard Fritze of Red Deer reserved his client David Glenn Elliott’s plea on 16 charges until July 30 during a brief provincial court appearance on Thursday. Lawyer Kevin Sproule acted as Fritze’s agent.  Fritze has defended numerous Canadians charged with various firearms offences.  Elliott wasn’t present on Thursday.  Elliott, 46, who owns Hempnstuff Exotic Boutique, is charged with one count of uttering threats, two counts of possession of marijuana and 13 counts of unsafe storage of a firearm.  He was charged on July 2 after RCMP officers found more than 100 firearms, comprised of pistols, rifles, shotguns and antique guns. Police said they also seized 500,000 to one million rounds of live ammunition, an undisclosed amount of marijuana and other property from the business.  Elliott’s website suggests a downtown storefront would soon be opening to sell the firearms.  The website shows Elliott as a contact and lists antique firearms in prices of up to $10,000 for a Colt 1873 with pearl handles or a Mauser c96, an antique semi-automatic pistol created from the late 1800s until the late 1930s in Germany.  Fritze is also acting for a Quebec man who has launched a constitutional challenge against Canadian gun control regulations. Fritze has also handled gun control charges for defendants in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  He also defended Bruce Hutton, founder of the Law-abiding Unregistered Firearms Association of Rocky Mountain House.

2. Abbotsford Mission Times, July 24, 2009, U.S. traveller facing five charges for loaded gun

The man who tried to get through the Huntingdon border crossing with a loaded handgun will face five counts of firearms offences when he appears in Abbotsford Provincial Court on July 30. Gary Michael Donske was arrested July 10 at the border crossing at Abbotsford when Canada Border Services Agency officers found a cocked and loaded 32-calibre Derringer handgun under the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Border officers decided to have a closer look at a family who were travelling from the United States into Canada, and found the handgun during a vehicle check. Donske was immediately arrested and the others in the vehicle returned to the U.S. Donske is charged with smuggling goods into Canada, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, storage contrary to regulations, and careless use of a firearm. Donske was released on bail into CBSA’s custody and returned to the U.S.

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The Gun Lobby Spares No Expense

Posted by cgccanada on June 4, 2009

The Gun Lobbyists are working hard to influence the outcome of the bills which challenge gun control in Canada.  This ad was recently posted in the Hill times in an effort to sway the votes of MPs.

An advertisment that the Gun Lobby recently posted in the Hill Times

An advertisment that the Gun Lobby recently posted in the Hill Times

In the Coalition for Gun Control blog, and on our website, we’ve repeatedly challenged the claims made in this ad, but maybe we can all do more.  Anti-gun control lobbyists are spending time and money getting their message out. We can get our message out too.  What can you do?  Support the CGC here, Write your MP and let them know you support the gun registry.  Follow us on Twitter in English and French, and start blogging on your own website or twitter page about this issue.  Link back to us, and link to other supporters.  Together we can let our government know we support gun control.

The Gun Lobby Does NOT Speak for Me:

“The long- gun registry does not make Canadians any safer”

FACTS: Firearms death, injury and crime have decreased since the controls were introduced. Police use it almost 10,000 times a day.

“Criminals do not register their guns”

FACTS: Legal guns are often diverted to criminal markets through theft and illegal sales. Controls over legal guns help stem the flow of guns to criminals.

“Guns don’t kill, people kill”

FACTS: People with guns kill more efficiently. Where there are more guns there are more deaths.

“’Duck guns’ are not a problem, just handguns”

FACTS:  Rifles and shotguns kill just as dead as handguns. These are the guns most used in domestic violence and to kill police officers. The gun used to kill 14 young women at Polytechnique is still sold as an unrestricted hunting rifle.

“Guns are only a problem in big cities”

FACTS:  The rates of gun death are higher in rural areas and the west where there are more guns. Domestic violence and youth suicide are particular problems. Police officers are more likely to be murdered with guns in smaller communities than big cities.

“The law “punishes” law abiding gun owners”
FACTS: There is a human cost to gun violence and survivors feel the “punishment” every day. Licensing gun owners and registering guns does not prevent them from being used for lawful purposes.

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