Gun owner challenges MP on registry
The following is an edited version of an open etter to Liberal MP Scott Andrews (Avalon) Dear Mr. Andrews,
I am a constituent, as well as a responsible firearms owner. I’ve done extensive research on the issue of guns, violence and our current Liberal-penned Firearms Act. Your refusal, and that of your fellow Newfoundland MPs to even respond to previous, politely written letters on the issue of gun control and the long gun registry has forced me to take a more public tact in hopes that a real debate can take place on the issue and that the rights of tens of thousands of law-abiding Newfoundland gun owners will be properly represented.
You may not know this, but Newfoundland has the highest rate of firearms ownership, on a per capita basis, in the country. The vast majority of these firearms are non-restricted long guns; hunting rifles and shotguns, along with target rifles and similar firearms.
Recently, your party switched tactics and is now arguing that instead of hand guns and so-called “assault rifles” being the root-of-all-evil; now it is long guns that are the problem and must be controlled for the sake of public safety. This is a completely facetious argument.
If firearms, in particular long guns, were at the root of firearms violence in Canada, why does Newfoundland enjoy one of the lowest violent crime rates and homicide rates in the country?
Other arguments proposed by your party are equally frivolous, such as the claim that the registry is responsible for lowering the incidence of spousal homicide. Professor Gary Mauser, of Simon Fraser University, in several peer-reviewed academic papers, clearly disproved such claims. His research revealed that such homicides have been decreasing steadily since the 1970s, decades before the Liberal’s much vaunted gun control program was ever conceived of, let alone put into actual operation. In fact, the long gun registry didn’t begin operation until 2001 and the requirement for universal registration of firearms did not enter into force until 2003. Yet female spousal murder rates fell by more than 50 per cent from 1979 to 2000. This is a fact that Statistics Canada records can easily verify.
How can you, as my Member of Parliament, explain this discrepancy then? I would very much like for you to produce equally well-regarded and peer-reviewed academic papers to support the opposing contentions made by your party and your leader, Michael Ignatieff.
Forget anything prepared by the Coalition for Gun Control, as their rabidly antigun agenda is well known. If I wanted to be exposed to more propaganda, I’d simply turn on the CBC News for patently false “ news” articles alleging that the American National Rifle Association is somehow behind the movement to kill the long gun registry.
As a hunter, competitive target shooter, and law-abiding citizen, I am offended by such blatantly manufactured “news” and your party’s active part in perpetuating this fabrication.
Obviously, anti-gun elements within your party and the CBC are students of history, since it was Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels who once said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” This is politics of the lowest order and as a constituent, campaign volunteer, and now former member of the Liberal Party, I am disgusted and dismayed that this is the best the Liberals have to offer informed and intelligent voters today.