Firearms Owners Association
Sunday, 19 April 2009
The Honourable Pamela Wallin
Dear Senator Wallin,
Re: Protecting our Right to have ‘Armes for their Defense’
My colleague in the Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association and I enjoyed meeting you at the dinner in Saskatoon on Wednesday, 15 April 2009. We appreciated your encouraging remarks, and especially your reminding us of the vital importance of our relationship with our “neighbor to the south”.
We were, however, very disappointed in what you had to say on the subject of “law and order”. You mentioned that Mr. Harper has just recently introduced Senate Bill S-5 to “do away with the long-gun registry”. This bill falls far short of the Conservative’s promise that motivated the members of CUFOA to work so hard in the winter of 2006 to help elect a “new” Conservative government. We laboured in the cold and snow to expel an arrogant Liberal government that had neither understanding nor respect for our unique Canadian heritage and culture of the responsible ownership and use of firearms. We worked to elect a moral, accountable Conservative government that would recognize our Right to have ‘Armes for their Defense’.
For over twelve years your fellow Saskatchewan colleague in Caucus, Garry Breitkreuz, was the Conservative critic of the Firearms Act. Whenever we talked to our Conservative Members of Parliament they all referred us to Mr. Breitkreuz. Mr. Breitkreuz was steadfast and unequivocal in his promise that the Conservatives would repeal the entire Firearms Act. Mr. Breitkreuz’s mantra, “Register criminals, NOT duck hunters”, puts the emphasis on the problem – the criminals - which the Liberals’ Firearms Act perversely ignores.
At the Conservative’s National Convention in Montreal in March 2005, firearms owners from all across Canada ensured that the Conservatives’ Policy acknowledged “the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly”. Yet neither Senate Bill S-5 nor Mr. Breitkreuz’s private member’s Bill C-301 repeal the worst part of the Firearms Act – licensing.
We have accepted the challenge to defend our unique Canadian heritage and culture. We have declared publically in every provincial capitol across Canada that we resolutely refuse to submit to the licensing mandate of the Firearms Act. And we have worked hard. We have researched and filed our affidavits and legal factums in appearances before the three courts of Saskatchewan. We have documented how licensing destroys our Right to own firearms and turns the ownership of firearms into a mere privilege.
We understand the limitations of a minority government. If, as Senator Tkachuk suggests, we have to wait until Liberal Senator Grafstein retires on 02 January 2010 for the balance of power in the Senate to shift to the Conservatives, we will be patient. But we will not be satisfied with, nor do we want, vain political half-measures that do nothing to address the real problem, especially not when the Office of the Prime Minister blandly declares, “Firearm owners will still be required to hold a valid license”.
We urge you to advise Mr. Harper to recognize the Right of honest, responsible citizens to acquire, possess, and use firearms. But, Ms. Wallin, please help Mr. Harper to understand that we do not ask him, nor the courts, to grant us a Right we already possess as the natural right of self-preservation. We simply ask Mr. Harper to declare what is already ours and to repeal the entire Firearms Act.
CC: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association