Firearms Owners Association
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Ms. Kelly Block
Dear Ms. Block,
Re: The Conservatives' Promises to Firearms Owners
I enjoyed meeting you at your fund raising Luncheon with the Honourable Rona Ambrose on Wednesday, 16 July 2008. I look forward to our being able to meet with you to discuss some of the aspects of your campaign where we might be able to offer some tangible assistance. I believe Maurice Vellacott and Josh Boyes will attest to our proven abilities in pounding campaign signs into the frozen earth.
But as I mentioned in my letter to Minister Ambrose (copy enclosed), I have developed some serious doubts about the commitment of our Prime Minister to keeping his word to firearms owners.
During all the years when the Conservatives (and their predecessors the Reform and the Canadian Alliance were in Opposition), all Conservative MP's deferred to Mr. Gary Breitkreuz when we asked about the firearms issue. "Whatever Gary says is what we are going to do" was the standard reply. Even your MP sponsor, The Honourable Ms. Skelton, used to answer us in that manner. And we liked what Mr. Breitkreuz said, "We will repeal the entire Firearms Act" (please see enclosed promise).
However, when we awoke exhausted on 24 January 2006 after the last election, the reality very quickly began to change. For starters, Mr. Harper did not appoint Mr. Breitkreuz to any position of responsibility in any way remotely related to the firearms issue. Even more telling, on 16 May 2006 when Ms. Sheila Fraser tabled her second, and very revealing Auditor General's Report on the Firearms Act, all Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day announced was a worthless amnesty to give us "more time to come into the licensing system." Subsequently Minster Day has introduced Bills C-21 and C-24 which would delete the requirement to carry a registration certificate for each firearm, and the Conservative mantra became, "We need a Conservative majority to help you." But Mr. Day's proposal would do absolutely nothing to respect Canadian's Right to acquire and possess firearms without a federal license. In fact, if either of these bills had been passed, Mr. Day would have done more hard than good as they would have signaled the end of the fight on the firearms issue and would have left licensing - the worst part of the Firearms Act - firmly entrench as law.
Ms. Block, what I hope I can impress upon you is that the members of our Association do not want "to come in to the licensing system". We do not want the 'half a loaf' that Mr. Day has proposed. We want the Conservatives to keep their promises and repeal the entire Firearms Act - not simply firearms registration, but especially the firearms licensing system. Until the government removes the licensing mandate the government continues to hold firearms owners in contempt.
Members of our Association would like to be able once again to work for the Conservatives in the next election. But we face serious jail time if this unjust law is not repealed. We need more that mere rhetoric. We need to know that the candidate that we support will, in his or her turn, stand with us. We need to know that we can depend on our elected representative to help us to preserve our most basic Right and Freedom, our Right of armed self-protection.
I look forward to discussing these issues with you in person.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Encl.: (2) A/S
Firearms Owners Association