Firearms Owners Association
Friday, 01 May 2009
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Dear Mr. Harper,
Re: Remembering the Holocaust and ‘Armes for their Defense’
Last Sunday, 26 April 2009, The Honourable Lynne Yelich presented your greetings to the Congregation Agudas Israel Yom Ha Shoah Holocaust Memorial Service. In her remarks, Ms. Yelich stated that you “pledged to continue to fight so that the Government would ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are taught and remembered.”
One of the most basic lessons of the Holocaust is that the Nazi round-up of their political enemies was possible only because the German government possessed an effective method to disarm the population. But “gun control” was not an device invented by Adolf Hitler or Heinrich Himmler. The Weimar Republic had passed the Law on Firearms and Ammunition in 1928 - a law that mandated a license to possess firearms.(1) Thus the Nazis knew who owned firearms and where to look to confiscate all the firearms in Germany.
Learning “the lessons of the Holocaust” certainly must also mean learning to apply the lessons learned. Conservative Party MP Gary Breitkreuz, the former Firearms Critic for twelve years while you were in Opposition, condemned the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act as thoroughly unjust and totally ineffective in reducing violent crime.(2) This egregious law contains the same licensing device that the Nazis employed to disarm their victims. Therefore, I find it inexplicable, Mr. Harper, now that the Conservatives form the Government, the Office of the Prime Minister endorses the Liberals’ licensing scheme by stating, “Firearm owners will still be required to hold a valid license.”(3) Do you expect responsible, honest Canadian citizens to submit to the same evil firearms licensing strategy that foretold the murder of over six millions innocent men, women, and children?
In her address Ms. Yelich also quoted the Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Abella, who was born to Holocaust survivors in a displaced persons camp in Germany, has said:
We see no “democracy” in the Firearms Act. But we do see a severe violation of our Right to have ‘Armes for their Defense’. We see “no tolerance” in the Firearms Act, except for the violent criminals and drug dealers who ignore the law. And we certainly see no “justice” in the Firearms Act that allows for the confiscation of our legally acquired and responsibly owned property without benefit of either trial or conviction. But paradoxically, we do see hope. We see hope in the many individuals who have earnestly resolved to defend their innate Right of self-protection.
As Madam Justice Abella has also said, "it's not just what you stand for, it's what you stand up for."(4) We are, in a totally peaceful, non-violent manner, standing up for the Right of honest, responsible Canadian citizens to have the means to defend themselves.(5) We do this openly against a government that displays contempt for honest, responsible firearms owners.
In honour of the memory of all those persons who have been crushed and destroyed by a despotic State, we trust you will once again join us in this fight to repeal the entire Firearms Act.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
CC: The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association