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Canadian State-sponsored Terror;
Licensing is Just the Beginning

Hungarian-born Canadian writer George Jonas was a nine-year-old boy when he first encountered state-sponsored terror in German-occupied Hungary. As his neighbors were being transported to extermination camps, Jonas and his family escaped the Holocaust by hiding. And as a young man Jonas again experienced tyranny firsthand when the Soviets crushed Hungry in 1956.1 When Jonas talks of state-sponsored terror he knows the signs.

So can any Canadian firearms owner read George Jonas’s essay “The bomb is just the beginning” 2 and not recognize that we have entered a state of “asymmetric” terror within Canada?

What else could explain why our “democratically elected” Conservative federal government - while pretending to “scrap the long-gun registry” - continues to demand that every responsible firearms owner surrender their natural, innate (God-given) Right of armed self-protection and ask the federal government for permission to defend themselves, their family, and their property within their own home?3

For 12 years Garry Breitkreuz, Conservative MP for Yorkton-Melville, the Firearms Critic for the Conservatives, promised to “Scrap C-68” and pledged that the Conservatives would repeal the entire Firearms Act.4 Yet the Conservatives now vehemently deny that historical fact.5 And the Conservative now totally ignore their stated policy - a policy drafted by firearms owners - to:

work with the provinces and territories on cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.6

Note very well, licensing is:

The permission granted by competent authority to exercise a certain privilege that, without such authorization, would constitute an illegal act.7

What aspect of licensing – government permission to do what would otherwise be a criminal offense – do the Conservatives and Mr. Harper not understand?

Licensing turns our Right to acquire, own, and possess firearms into a mere privilege. As Dr. Gary Mauser of Simon Fraser University says:

Registration is bad, but licensing is worse.
Licensing will eventually kill the Canadian tradition of owning firearms.8

Yet many firearms owners - and many leaders of firearms organizations that should know better - are so literally wetting their pants with happiness that Mr. Harper has “kept his promise to firearms owners and scraped the registry” that they cannot see that they have been sold-out.9, 10

As Jonas says:

No one likes to think of himself as a coward. People resist admitting that they’re afraid ... People prefer to think they end up yielding to what the terrorists demand, not because it’s safer or more convenient, but because it’s the right thing.

How many firearms owners and how many firearms organizations now talk and write about the “value” of licensing? How many firearms owners and how many firearms organizations now inappropriately compare the 1977 FAC to the PAL without ever truly considering the major difference between a “police background check” for a “certificate” and the Right-destroying licensing requirement of the Firearms Act? Do they submit to licensing because it “is the right thing”? Granted, licensing is the “law”, but is that law just? Is that law sane, or even remotely sensible?

Why did so many otherwise sensible firearms owners apply for their licences? Has the Canadian Government persuaded “the terror-stricken that they’re acting out of an abundance of goodwill rather than abundance of caution”?

Jonas advices us that, “Ultimately, asymmetric terror triumphs when it allows perpetrators to masquerade as victims.” Has not the Government’s chief shill, Wendy Cukier, turned herself into a victim of “the power of the gun lobby in Canada”11? Would we not cry tears of joy if the largest “gun lobby” organizations were actively opposed to licensing?

Jonas quotes the popular saying: “Grab ‘em by the short hairs, and their hearts and minds will follow.” The many thousands of handgun owners who say, “My pistol was registered so I had to get a licence” clearly prove that demeaning axiom.

But the main thing we need to learn from Jonas is:

Terrorism’s great achievement isn’t hijacking jetliners, but hijacking the debate … Successful terrorism persuades the terrorized that if they do terror’s bidding, it’s not because they’re terrified but because they’re socially concerned.

The Conservatives have hijacked the debate, and now want us to accept licensing as good “law abiding citizens”.

George Jonas has shown us the subtle face of state-sponsored terror and the obstacles we face in defending our Freedom. We must reclaim the moral high ground while as responsible citizens we defend our Right to have the means to protect ourselves, our families, and our property.

If you have been listening to George Jonas, now would be a good time to burn your firearms licence.


Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS




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