One thing I get very sick of hearing from the left when they're pushing their agendas-"other countries think we're_____________". Just fill in the blank.
Pretty long read, but interesting.
In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., letters editor Paul Russell last week asked readers: Do Canadian gun laws need to change? A clear majority of readers said yes, arguing that gun owners are unfairly targeted under the current legislation.
– As a group of the most law abiding people in the country, Canadian gun owners, who have already submitted to police screening and invasive personal questions to obtain firearms licences, are again facing the prospect of confiscation of their legally owned and purchased personal property without compensation. So we have to ask ourselves whether we want this country to go down the road of confiscating property from responsible adults, without compensation, to solve a problem that doesn’t exist in this country. Mike Kovacs, London, Ont.
– The Firearms Act tramples the rights of peaceful Canadians: it provides for warrantless searches, presumption of guilt, invasion of personal privacy, arbitrary property seizures, and Kafkaesque subjugation by vindictive bureaucrats. Ironically, these nightmares are visited mostly upon people who try to comply with the law, but not the gang members and drug dealers who own guns ‘off the grid.’ The act must be totally flushed and rewritten from scratch. Tricia Simmons, Toronto.
– Gun laws certainly need to change in Canada. The whole firearm classification system needs to go — either you can own firearms legally, or you can’t. Magazine limits need to goas well as Authorization To Transport permits. And we should be allowed to use safety equipment such as sound suppressors, to protect our hearing and make less noise for those who happen to live near a gun range. Peter Kristolaitis, Ottawa.
– As a teacher and parent it’s extremely difficult to hear about another school shooting. Equally disturbing is using tragedy to promote gun control. In China, lunatics use knives and in America fertilizer once killed many children too. It’s terrifying that only criminals carry guns and the lawful must cower in fear. J. Commons, Montreal.
– Perhaps American laws need to be beefed up in regards to storing firearms away from unstable people, but in Canada, we are over-regulated as it is. If anything, we need to stop being so vindictive against gun owners. Peter Zupan, Edmonton.
– Our current gun laws need to be changed but in a way that does not make every gun owner in canada a criminal. Our storage laws are a joke that could make any gun owner a criminal at any given time. Our government needs to sit down with members of the firearm community and find laws that keep people safe and that are fair to gun owners. Les Gibbs, Portage la Prairie, Man.
– Do Canada’s gun laws need to be changed? Absolutely. There is a lot of redundancy and bureaucratic duplication for the sake of bias, stoked by misinformation. George Fritz, Toronto.
– I’ve never understood the logic behind Canada’s gun laws. Why are police called when there’s danger? Because they have guns. They can safely and quickly stop crazy people. The problem is many people are killed before the police come. I’ll never forget that Dawson shooting. So many people could have been saved if just one of those professors or students had a handgun to fight back with. Nailah Elerksoussi, Montreal.