Americans and guns
Letter-writer Mahmood Elahi purports to understand the thought processes of the American founding fathers when he infers that Second Amendment rights apply only to single shot “muskets.” I would point out that the British regulars were equipped with the Brown Bess musket, a smooth bore muzzle loader with an effective accurate range limited to about 150 metres. As a result, the troops were organized to provide “volley” fire at the opposition, and hope that some of the rounds hit home. The Americans, on the other hand, were frequently equipped with a rifled firearm (Kentucky rifle) that provided accurate fire to several hundred metres, and provided a huge stand-off advantage against the “oppressors.”
The founding fathers both recognized and appreciated the technological superiority of the rebel firearms that gave them the ultimate advantage and won the day. I suspect that the Second Amendment would be applied today to the same firearms used by military forces, and were civilians equipped with better, then those ownership rights would also be preserved. Every genocide in the 20th century was conducted by state agents of an erstwhile legitimate government, and the Second Amendment was a reasonable mitigation against such atrocities. It remains as important today as it was in 1777. Mr. Robson brings focus to the claim that the Texas assailant was prohibited from owning guns. He uses this as an argument against the need for further gun control laws suggesting, what’s the point if bad people who are not allowed to own guns can get them anyway? That is like suggesting that we don’t need to licence drivers because some people drive without licences anyway.
To obtain my possession and acquisition licence in Canada it took me a year and only after robust background and reference checks, and perhaps most importantly, after a twoday gun-safety handling and storage course was completed. The U.S. lacks a national firearms program like we have in Canada. Aside from that, one can bypass inadequate and varied state requirements by simply walking into one of the estimated 5,000 gun shows held annually and walking out armed.
The fact is that you don’t have to go to France to see what impact effective gun ownership laws have on death rates: The U.S. has more than nine times the gun homicides per capita (using data from 2013/14) than we have in Canada. No wonder most Americans want more robust background checks. Who is missing the point? games before 1920; for the rest of his career as a Yankee he won five.
For the Red Sox he hit 49 home runs; after 1920 for the Yankees he hit 665.
And this was before coastto-coast travel and racial desegregation, which made the game a much easier proposition.
So Otani’s an unlikely saviour. That would be too easy, for building a baseball team is a complicated process. Yet, it makes you wonder if a rise to the top will ever happen in Toronto with a management team that’s so unaware of baseball history and so delusional about the talent in the marketplace. I myself have to admit that I had no knowledge of this battle until I visited the incredible display at our war museum. Sweeney’s article helped me to understand the importance and sacrifices endured by our soldiers. How can we remember this important battle when do many have no knowledge of it? Half the country gets Nov. 11 off to reflect on their ancestors who served or perished making Canada what it is today, while the rest of us have to work like nothing happened.
It’s a disgrace the provincial and federal governments don’t do anything to make the day a national holiday. I’m tired of paying my taxes for some people to have the day off as a bank holiday, then thumb their noses at the rest of us who do not. No wonder resentment exists in this, of all places, Canada.