Friday, 06 March 2015
Ms. Kelly block, MP, CPC, Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Dear Mrs. Block,
I refer to your eMail message of 05 March 2015 (copied below) asking that I "chip in $55" to the Conservative Government's effort keep criminals behind bars.
I cannot support this so-called effort "to protect Canadians". The previous legislative actions of this Government make a mockery of this campaign. You personally have worked to destroy our ability to protect ourselves. You have endorsed licencing, the very worst part of the Liberals’ Bill C-68, the 1995 Firearms Act. Please note section 117:
The Governor in Council may make regulations
(a) regarding the issuance of licenses ... 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, ... .(1)
Mrs. Block, you and Mr. Harper have betrayed responsible gun owner with your endorsement of licencing. You have declared:
That is why the government is investing $7 million annually to strengthen front-end screening of first-time firearms licence applicants.
Canada's gun control laws, including very important licensing requirements, are robust and effective.(2)
You ask for money so that murderers "who sexually assault or kidnap and confine their victims" will be "kept off our streets." Yet you support a law that purports to tell me if, and under what circumstances, I may have a firearm to defend my family, my home, and myself.
Mrs. Block, putting a person in prison after he has killed someone is not the answer to violent crime. Armed, personal self-defense is what prevents the murderer from killing, sexually assaulting, kidnapping, and confining their victims. We have a natural right of self-defense against such depredations. No human law can take away this natural right.(3) In my home, I will make those decisions for myself.
The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration as approved by the CPC Montréal Convention, 19 March 2005, clearly recognizes the wisdom of armed self-defense. Our Conservative Policy states that a Conservative Government will repeal Canada’s costly gun registry legislation and respect "the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly."(4)
Honour demands that Mr. Harper uphold the Conservative Party Policy and keep his personal promise to responsible firearms owners.(5) Mr. Harper must repeal all of the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code provisions that make the mere possession of a firearm for self-protection a crime. Until he does so, Mr. Harper and this Government are a bigger threat to our safety than a criminal on the street.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
1. The Firearms Act, chapter 39, Statues of Canada - 1995; p. 54
2. The Conservatives’ Statements in Praise of the Licencing Mandate of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, Bill C-68
3. Brian Tierney, The Idea of Natural Rights, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2001, p. 232
"A pope who committed arson or rape was still a pope. But nothing prohibited the injured individuals from exercising the natural right of self-defense against such depredations. No human law could take away this natural right. It was based on the title of natural existence conferred by God himself."
4. The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration, as approved by the CPC Montréal Convention, 19 March 2005
5. Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis
402 Skeena Court Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4H2
From: "Kelly Block, MP"
Date: March 5, 2015
To: "Edward Hudson"
Subject: They don’t deserve freedom
Some criminals don’t deserve to ever see the light of day again.
Our new “Life Means Life” law will make sure that when the most heinous and barbaric criminals get a life sentence they stay behind bars for life.
Who would be affected by this?
1. People who kill a police officer or prison guard.
2. People who commit murder as part of an act of terrorism.
3. Murderers who sexually assault or kidnap and confine their victims.
4. The most brutal murderers in the country.
If you agree that these people should be kept off our streets for life, support our next campaign with a $55 donation today.
Justin Trudeau has said plainly, he “wouldn’t rule out repealing mandatory minimums for anyone” (SUN News, Nov. 20, 2013) because he disagrees with the Conservative approach to tackling crime.
He doesn’t agree that certain crimes are so heinous that the public has a right to demand a minimum penalty.
With our new Life Means Life legislation, we can keep these violent offenders behind bars and away from Canadian families and communities for the rest of their lives.
But Justin Trudeau won’t rule out scrapping all of our progress.
Support our efforts to protect Canadians from violent murderers – chip in $55 today.