Excuse me, Yert… er, Steve:


Terrapins, dyspepsia and the Firearms Act

Dennis E. Florianby Dennis E. Florian
Gun Owners’ Resource

As most of you already know by now, last Tuesday the Ontario Court of Appeal declared that the Tories’ much-vaunted mandatory minimum sentences for gun possession were unconstitutional because they constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” as prohibited under the Charter.  As much as I loathe (usually Liberal-appointed) judges who bugger about with the will of the elected Parliament, even a blind squirrel finds a nut sooner or later.  And in this case, Justice David Doherty and the rest of the panel got it right.

On the far-away Island
of Sala-ma-Sond,
Yertle the Turtle
was king of the pond. 

What the hell is this, you say?  Aren’t all gun owners supposed to be small-c conservatives?  And doesn’t that mean that they’re all big on law and order? No, it doesn’t.  While law and order is all fine and good, the thing that we’re “big on” is justice, and there’s none of that to be found in the Lieberal golden calf that is the Firearms Act.

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Gun owners, both licensed and not (yes, you read that right) busted their collective hump to make the current Conservative majority government a reality.  We gave our money, we gave our time, we argued the merits of a Conservative government to anybody that would (or wouldn’t, for that matter) listen, we nagged everyone we knew to get out the vote; the list is endless.  All in good faith that Mr. Harper would stay true to his words when he was running for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance (remember them?) back in 2002:

I was and still am in total agreement with the statement made in the House of Commons by former Reform Leader Preston Manning on 13 June 1995. “Bill C-68, if passed into law will not be a good law. It will be a blight on the legislative record of the government, a law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of democratic consent of the governed. What should be the fate of a bad a law? It should be repealed…” Bill C-68 (The Firearms Act) has proven to be a bad law and has created a bureaucratic nightmare for both gun owners and the government. As leader of the official opposition, I will use all powers afforded to me as leader and continue our party’s fight to repeal Bill C-68 and replace it with a firearms control system that is cost effective and respects the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”  – Stephen Harper, January 2002.

Thanks for your vote – now get your ass to jail

And now it seems as though the Tories think the best way they can thank us is to throw us in prison, just like the gun grabbers want them to.  Ever since C-68 came into force, millions (yes, millions) of Canadians have had to live under the constant threat of arrest, prosecution and theft of their property by the state.  Rather than rid those people of that plague, the Tories have instead chosen to simply hang one more sword on the thread.

It takes either a special kind of stupid, or a monumental arrogance to bugger about with your base like that.  And it’s not like I’m the only one who’s noticed the Tories taking aim at their own metatarsi.

It’s almost as though, now that they find themselves at the top, they have either forgotten how they got there or just don’t give a damn anymore.  The formerly freedom loving Mr. Harper seems to be turning a deaf ear to the plight of those the law abuses and who have all but broken their backs for him.  Sound familiar?

“SILENCE!” the King of
the Turtles barked back,
I’m King, and you’re only
a turtle named Mack.”

Well, yer majesty, a couple million turtles with a persistent case of grumbleguts would like a word or two with you.  The NFA has applied for intervener status when the case goes to the SCC (and it will), the CSSA’s cases over ATTs and against the Ontario CFO grind on, and the abuses against Canadians who just happen to own guns (and some who don’t) just keep on piling up.  And you somehow have the gall to wonder just why it is that so few people could give a damn that the wheels came loose on your Tough On Crime™ bandwagon (because really, we’re coming to the conclusion that that’s all it is)??  Responsible, respectable, otherwise law-abiding gun owners will not rest until every last shred of this onerous and draconian law is obliterated.

You want our support?  Stop charging people under laws that shouldn’t exist in the first damn place!

Oh, and don’t even bother trying any of that “and just what do you think it should be replaced with hmm?” bullcrap with me.  If you go to a doctor with a malignant tumor you need removed and he says, “but what would I replace it with?” you Goddamn well get yourself another doctor.

Dennis E. FlorianWhile his stuff does get syndicated every now and then, Dennis E. Florian only writes for Gun Owners’ Resource — which is probably just as well, because he isn’t all that good (although he can recite Yertle the Turtle from memory).

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