Firearms Owners Association
Monday, 27 April 2009
The Honounable Vic Toews
Dear Mr. Toews,
Re: “We think licensing serves a valid social policy purpose"
I was extremely disappointed on 26 April 2009 to read in the Winnipeg Sun that you stated, “We think licensing serves a valid social policy purpose".
If this quote does indeed accurately reflect your position vis-à-vis the licensing mandate of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, I would first like to know who is “we”? Then I would like to know:
If this quote does not accurately reflect your position vis-à-vis the licensing mandate of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, I pray that you forthwith clarify your true position.
If, Mr. Toews, you and your fellow cabinet ministers of our “new” Conservative government truly believe that “licensing serves a valid social policy purpose", are you willing to send the RCMP to arrest honest, responsible, peaceful Canadian citizens who steadfastly refuse to submit to the licensing mandate of this unjust law? That is the question you need to address, because many Canadians are totally unwilling to be political pawns to a vain “social policy” that ignores Canadian history, destroys our unique culture, denies our Right to self-protection, and does nothing to address the real problem in Canada – the violent criminals and drug dealers who are not in the least affected by the licensing requirement of the Firearms Act.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
(1) Personal firearm permit to stand, The Winnipeg Sun, 26 April 2009
(2) The Whole Firearms Act Has To Go – Not Just The Gun Registry
(3) Mr. Harper’s Promise to Firearms Owners - Garry Breitkreuz
(4) The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration
(5) The Canadian Right of ‘Armes for their Defense’ –
CC: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
THE WINNIPEG SUN
There are currently two bills in Ottawa that are meant to scrap the gun registry, but neither proposes to stop licensing individuals.
The gun registration system is similar to vehicle registration. Just as all vehicles must be registered, all firearms must be registered too, while gun owners must take a course on responsible use and pass background checks to possess or use a gun, just as drivers must hold a licence. "We think licensing serves a valid social policy purpose," said Vic Toews, Manitoba's senior cabinet minister. "Those who are qualified and trained are not a danger."
Saskatchewan Tory backbencher MP Garry Breitkreuz currently has a private member's bill before Parliament proposing to eliminate the gun registry for all but prohibited and restricted weapons. But it also contains other gun-related proposals that Toews said have caused some to back away from the bill.
A few weeks ago, the government introduced a bill in the Senate that deals only with scrapping the same portion of the registry. "The idea was we might as well put it in the Senate and find out where the Liberal senators are on the issue before it comes to the House," Toews said. "I'm personally very concerned about the chances of either bill."
Neither bill has been voted on yet.