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Does the new Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee suffer from
Stockholm Syndrome?

"Registration is bad, but licensing is worse. Licensing will kill us."
- Dr. Gary Mauser, Professor at Simon Fraser University(1)

"The Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers rejects support of the Firearms Act Bill C-68, the registration and licensing sections as they pose ... no measurable effect on the criminal element."
- Sergeant Murray Grismer, Saskatoon Police Force(2)

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage who shows feelings of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger in which the hostage has been placed. Stockholm syndrome is similar to battered person syndrome, rape, child abuse, and bride kidnapping.

On 23 August 1973, a convicted bank robber on leave from prison, walked into a bank in central Stockholm, opened fire injuring a police officer, took four bank employees hostage, kept them imprisoned in the bank’s vault for a week, and threatened to kill them if the police did not meet his demands. When finally rescued by police action, the hostages expressed more sympathy to their captor than to the police. Thus was born the expression “Stockholm Syndrome.”(3)

Jerrold Lundgard, President of the Responsible Firearms Owners of Alberta, thinks that some very prominent firearms owners are suffering the effects of Stockholm Syndrome. Mr. Lundgard points to the members of the newly inaugurated Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee (CFAC) as prime examples. He may be right.

Please consider:

Public Safety Minister Day formed the new CFAC in August 2006. They had their first meeting by teleconference on 24 August. By the conclusion of their second meeting on 24 October 2006 they announced:

"We would like to thank the Minister for the opportunity to contribute to the public safety of Canada ... It is the recommendation of this Committee to enhance the existing licensing system by merging ... into the Continuous Firearms License."

In less than one month, this committee that is composed of some of the strongest advocates for the total repeal of the Firearms Act repudiated their long-held beliefs. They not only accepted licensing, they had the temerity to add:

We feel licensing will be welcomed by Canadians.

What else besides the Stockholm Syndrome could explain such a total betrayal of our twelve-year fight for our Right to possess firearms without a government license?

Police Sergeant Murray Grismer probably understands the feelings of inadequacy and dependency on the Government of his fellow CFAC members. He once described firearms owners as, “young abused children who are desperately looking for any friend.” Sgt Grismer continued:

"Firearms owners are desperately seeking approval. They will accept any amount of abuse to receive recognition."

There seems to be something about going to Ottawa that causes otherwise good, sane people to become benighted. Welcome to the Stockholm Syndrome.

Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
18 April 2007


1. Dr. Gary Mauser, Professor at Simon Fraser University, Boiling Frogs – and Gun Owners

2. Sergeant Murray Grismer, Saskatoon Police Force, Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers, FED UP II Rally, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, 1998 September 22

3. Stockholm Syndrome

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