The Time for Sacrifice Has Arrived
Firearms Act, chapter 39, Statues of Canada -1995; p. 54
The Governor in Council may make regulations
(a) regarding the issuance of licenses, authorization certificates and
authorizations, including regulation respecting the purposes for which
they may be issued ... and prescribing the circumstances in which persons
are or are not eligible to hold licences; ...
(c) prescribing the circumstances in which an individual does or does
not need firearms
to protect the life of that individual, ... .
In 1995 the Liberal Government of Prime Minister Jean
Chrétien presumed the authority to tell Canadian citizens whether
or not they could possess a firearm to protect themselves, their family,
or their property. In unprecedented, massive opposition responsible
firearms owners invested seventeen years of their time, money, and efforts
in electing a majority Conservative Government. Yet having acquired
his long-sought goal, Prime Minister Harper now refuses to adhere to
his own personal promise or to the Party’s Constitution and Policy.(1)
Mr. Harper now proudly endorses the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms
Act licencing scheme.(2)
Our political attempts to repeal the Firearms Act
by political persuasion have failed. Under Mr. Harper’s Conservative
Government the mere possession of a firearm without Government permission
is still a crime.
If we – the older generation of firearms owners
who grew up owning a .22 rifle - do not lead the fight to affect the
repeal of this unjust law our children and grandchildren will grow up
as subjects of the government instead of citizens.
In 1862 as the terrible slaughter of the American War
Between the States was under way, John Stuart Mill wrote:
A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight
for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal
safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless
made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.(3)
Our time to fight has arrived.
We must place our own personal safety in harm’s
way to save our Liberty.
We call on you to join us in refusing to submit to this
But, paradoxically, in this fight to protect our Right
to have ‘Armes for their Defense’, we call on you to fight
our Government, not with your arms, but with your open, honest, peaceful,
non-violent civil disobedience.
We call on you to join us in burning your firearms licence.
We also call on you to be prepared to sacrifice:
When you burn your licence you will be subject to
Your home will be subject to police invasion.
You will be subject to having your firearms confiscated.
And you will be subject to imprisonment.
In using peaceful civil disobedience to demand the repeal
of the Firearms Act,
you will need:
You will also have to demonstrate:
- the courage of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani school student
and education activist shot by the Taliban.
- the fearlessness of the young boy Hamza Ali al-Khateeb who was tortured
and killed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- the steadfastness of the Viet Nam Draft Resistors, young men like
Richard M. Boardman and Tom Jarrell who were willing to go to prison.
- the resolve of the Egyptian demonstrators who flooded into Tahrir
Square during the Arab Spring.
You will have to exercise:
- the devotion of Mahatma Gandhi who the British imprisoned three times
during India’s thirty year battle for independence.
- the doggedness of Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a
white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
- the grit of the three young men who challenged Chinese communist authority
in Tinnamen Square by throwing eggs on a picture of Mao Tse-tung.
- the seriousness of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov who
were sent to the gulag and internal exile in the Soviet Union.
- the obstinacy of the women's suffragists in the United Kingdom who
endured forced feeding while in prison.
And more importantly, you will have to display:
the chutzpah of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
and Maria Alyokhina, who dared to challenge Vladimir Putin’s iron
rule in Russia.
The time for Sacrifice has now arrived here in Canada.
We implore you to join with us in defending our Rights
Committed Unlicenced Participants
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Westbridge, British Columbia
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Christopher di Armani.com
Lytton, British Columbia
1. The Conservatives’ Promises to Firearms Owners
2. The Conservatives’ Statements in Praise of the
Licencing Mandate?of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, Bill C-68
3. John Stuart Mill, The Contest in America
Fraser’s Magazine (February 1862); later published in Dissertations
and Discussions (1868), vol.1 p. 26
(a) Mahatma Gandhi - India
(b) Martin Luther King, Jr. – USA
(c) Rosa Parks - USA
(d) Malala Yousafzai - Pakistan
(e) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - USSR
(f) Andrei Sakharov - USSR
(g) Aung San Suu Kyi- Burma
(h) Viet Nam Draft Resistors – USA
Richard M. Boardman, Letter to Local Board No. 114 ;
Tom Jarrell, Confessions of a Two-Time Draft Card Burner
- reprinted in Civil Disobedience, Theory and Practice, ed. Hugo Adam
Bedau, Pegasus, New York, 1969. p. 178 and p. 193
(i) Nelson Mandela – South Africa
(j) Buddist Monks – Tibet
(k) Tinnamen Square, The men who threw egg on Mao –
(l) Pussy Riot - Russia
(m) Women suffrage – UK
(n) Torture of the child martyr - Syria -
(o) Egyptian women protest Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood in
Cairo - Egypt