When the British daily newspaper The Telegraph asked readers which of six suggested measures they would like to see introduced in the House of Commons, reader response was surprisingly tilted toward one significant proposal, but you probably won’t hear about it from the U.S. media.
Of the six suggestions that included setting a flat tax and placing a term limit on the office of Prime Minister, what drew more than 86 percent of the reader support was a proposal to repeal the handgun ban of 1997. Because this is an unscientific poll, the results will be doomed to a media black hole, but it should send a clear signal to gun prohibitionists in the United States that their habitual use of the United Kingdom as an example of domestic tranquility where guns are concerned just took a direct hit in the credibility department.
At last check, more than 20,400 people had responded to the on-line poll. Support for ending the handgun ban was at 86.4 percent, leaving all other proposals in the political dust.
I have heard from dozens of NRA members from all over the country about the conditions where they live and seek ammunition. It varies greatly. Some said they are not having trouble, while others said there isn’t a single round of .22 Long Rifle within 50 miles of where they live. Some called me a liar—or worse—some reported “scores” or long lines waiting for empty trucks. One guy told me his quest to find ammo is akin to hunting “Bigfoot”—and just about as successful.
With the racetrack dust having barely settled after this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and with the final leg of the Triple Crown–the Belmont Stakes–scheduled for this weekend, we can’t help but marvel at the incredible ability of a horse, with 120 pounds on its back, to sustain better than a 35 mph pace over up to 1½ miles, often topping 40 mph in the home stretch.
But no matter how big an appetite the world’s fastest three-year-old Thoroughbreds work up during “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” they haven’t got a thing on gun control supporters in the public health field, when it comes to jockeying for position at the feeding trough.Continue reading »
CSSA: Court case against CFO moves at glacial speed
The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) is building its case against the Ontario Chief Firearms Office, but the process is bogging down while the legal system decides whether the CFO is fish or fowl.
CSSA Acting Executive Director Tony Bernardo and senior firearms lawyer Edward Burlew LL.B. made their second appearance in court in Oshawa with the CFO on May 28. For the second consecutive time, the courtroom echoed with jurisdictional wrangling to determine which court should hear the case.
It comes as no surprise that the venue for this hearing is unclear – it reflects the enduring lack of clarity about where CFOs fit into Canada’s pecking order of authority. But one thing is clear – the federal government seems reluctant to rein in the CFOs when they step out of line. If the feds that appoint CFOs aren’t their boss, then who is? When folks like Ontario CFO Chris Wyatt invent their own rules, it appears that special interest groups like the CSSA have to step up.Continue reading »