Sunday, 25 October 2015
Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Dear Mr. Trudeau,
Congratulations on a well-run election campaign. In your victory speech on Monday evening, 19 October 2015, you stated a very profound truth. Concerning the Government's relationship with Canadians you declared:
"You want a Prime Minister who knows that if Canadians are to trust their Government, their Government needs to trust Canadians."(1)
You have indeed expressed my sentiments exactly.
For the past two decades I have not been able to trust my Government. In 1995 the Liberal Government of Jean Chrétien passed the Firearms Act (Bill C-68). That unjust Act made the mere possession of a firearm a criminal offence. But much worse, by that Act, the federal Government presumed the authority to decide whether responsible Canadians could possess a firearm to defend themselves.(2)
Yet the Firearms Act and the concurrent firearms changes to the Criminal Code do nothing to make Canadians safer. As Simon Frasier University Professor Emeritus Garry Mauser has ably demonstrated:
"reducing gun ownership by the law-abiding citizenry - the only ones who obey gun laws - does not reduce violence or murder."(3)
In a subsequent study Dr. Mauser concluded:
"No international study of firearm laws by criminologists or economists has found support for the claim that restricting access to firearms by civilians reduces criminal violence."(4)
Thus there is no need to continue the charade perpetrated by the Firearms Act.
Since the firearms licensing mandate came into effect in 2001, I have continued to possess my firearms without a licence. I previously informed the Government of Stephen Harper of my peaceful, civil disobedience. I now respectfully inform you that I possess firearms for self-defense without a federal firearms licence. I do so in the sincere hope that you will very soon make it possible for me once again to be able to trust my Government, in the full faith and knowledge that my Government once again trusts me, and all responsible firearms owners.
I look forward to the day you restore our faith in Government by repealing the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code provisions that make the mere possession of a firearm illegal.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
1) Justin Trudeau, for the record: ‘We beat fear with hope’
Justin Trudeau, for the record: ‘We beat fear with hope’
1. Justin Trudeau’s victory speech after leading the Liberals to a majority, macleans.ca. 20 October 2015
2. The Firearms Act, section 117:
The Governor in Council may make regulations
(a) regarding the issuance of licenses, authorization certificates and authorizations, including regulation respecting the purposes for which they may be issued ... and 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
(1) to protect the life of that individual, ... .
The Firearms Act, chapter 39, Statues of Canada - 1995; p. 54
3. Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser, Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder Suicide
4. Gary Mauser, Why the long-gun registry doesn’t work — and never did, Special to National Post, 11 December 2012
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis
402 Skeena Court Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4H2
(306) 242-2379 (306) 230-8929