Mar 032009
 

Gun-grabbing goodness goes back to the board

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

Well, boys and girls, it’s that time again. Controller Gina Barber, of the London ON board of control, gets yet another kick at the gun-grabbing can once again in tomorrow’s meeting of the board. This will make it the third time the issue has come up at London’s City Hall, despite the fact that Barber has yet to find anyone who is so much as willing to even second the motion.

Perhaps other members are mindful of the costs Toronto Mayor David Miller is currently running up on the taxpayer’s tab, trying to defend his own gun ban buffoonery. Maybe they just know a nonstarter idea when they see one. Whatever their reasoning, none of them seem to want to be in the room whenever Gina takes the defibrillator to her twitching little misbegotten wretch of a social engineering project.

Be there or be square

The City of London’s board of control is set to meet again tomorrow, with Barber’s little Frankenstein on the menu once again. A few quick details (taken from this London City Council document) of what they’ll be up to can be found at the bottom of this article. More important, though, is what you can do tomorrow if you live in London or the surrounding area.

I know that I’ve written about this before, but here’s a primer for those who may have missed it:
Would-be social engineers love nothing more than to be able to go about their Machiavellian machinations whilst the rest of the world’s back is turned. This is why as many London area gun owners as possible, not just handgun owners (be mindful of the words of Martin Niemöller), should show up at tomorrow’s 10:00am meting. You can attend the meeting at City Hall by accessing the public gallery via the 3rd floor. Be orderly; be nice… but be visible.

As you can see from the image below, nothing bums a gun-grabber out like having the Dreaded Gun Lobby® show up and spoil one of their little end-runs around the rights of others.

London Board of Control member Gina Barber studiously ignores a presentation by CSSA/EESA rep John Evers during the first debate.

London Board of Control member Gina Barber studiously ignores a presentation by CSSA/EESA rep John Evers during the first debate.

Make no mistake about it, lest you think that this is just about handguns and means nothing to you as a rifle/shotgun owner: if allowed to gain traction this will be just the thin end of the wedge.

And now, here are those details I promised you earlier, recreated in full in case something should happen to fall down the memory hole:


Agenda Item 22 Page # 147

TO: CHAIR AND MEMBERS
BOARD OF CONTROL
MEETING ON MARCH 4, 2009
 FROM: JAMES P. BARBER
CITY SOLICITOR
 SUBJECT:  PROPOSED HANDGUN BAN
RECOMMENDATION

That, on the recommendation of the City Solicitor, the following report BE RECEIVED for information.

PREVIOUS REPORTS PERTINENT TO THIS MATTER

None,

BACKGROUND

At its meeting of 2009-2-23, City Council received the report of the Board of Control as follows:

19. (16) That the Board of Control (BC) received the attached presentation from J. Evers, Director, Media and Public Relations, East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association, T. Bernardo, Director, Canadian Institute for Legislative Action, and S. Evers, East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association, with respect to a communication from the Mayor of Toronto requesting support for a proposed handgun ban across Canada. The BC referred the matter to the City Solicitor to draft motions for the following two options with respect to this matter:

(a) a motion which would support a total ban on handguns: and
(b) a motion which would support a ban on handguns with exceptions for registered gun clubs, for sporting events and for training purposes.

The executive committee of the City of Toronto adopted a recommendation as follows which would involve a total prohibition on handguns in accordance with (a) above except for police officers and military personnel:

That City Council request the Parliament of Canada to prohibit all handguns in Canada, including the sale or purchase and/or possession of any handgun by any Canadian citizen or any person within Canada (excluding police officers and military personnel).

A motion in accordance with (b) above which would support a ban on handguns with exceptions for registered gun clubs, for sporting events and for training purposes could be worded in a similar fashion to the total ban as follows:

That City Council request the Parliament of Canada to amend the Firearms Act and Regulations to prohibit the storage, display, transportation and handling of all handguns in Canada, including the sale or purchase or possession of any handgun by any Canadian citizen or any person within Canada except for police officers and military personnel and individuals permitted under the Firearms Act to use handguns in registered gun clubs, sporting events and for training purposes.


Agenda Item 22 Page # 148

Further to item (b) of the Board of Control’s direction, handguns are extensively regulated under the Firearms Act and regulations. The Firearms Act and regulations address the storage, display, transportation and handling of firearms by individuals and businesses, gun shows, shooting clubs and shooting ranges and the import and export of firearms. Those regulations would have to be written in such a manner as to address the sale, possession, storage, display, transportation and handling of firearms to enable the handguns to be used in registered gun clubs, sporting events and for training purposes as set out in the exception above.


As an aside, it does seem rather interesting to note that the City Solicitor’s name is James P. Barber. I wonder… naw, it couldn’t be.

Could it?

Sound off

Don’t forget to contact members of London City Council and Board of Control to let them know that Barber’s is not the only opinion on this subject.  Here’s a few suggested talking points from the CSSA to help everyone stay on message:

  1. I do not support a handgun ban in any form.
  2. Hanguns are strictly regulated by the Federal government under the Criminal Code.
  3. Get rid of the drugs on the street that is causing all the crime.
  4. Most Police Chiefs do not support a handgun ban.
  5. Criminals do not follow the law, you are just going after law abiding citizens.
  6. Handgun bans failed to reduce gun crime in Great Britan and Australia. Why do you expect it to work in Canada?
  7. Shooting is part of my heritage as a Canadian.
  8. Sport shooting teaches discipline.

Compose your message — politely worded, of course — and send it to each of the following London City bigwigs:

London Board of Control
Anne Marie DeCicco-Best Mayor adecicco@london.ca
Tom Gosnel Deputy Mayor tgosnell@london.ca
Gina Barber Controller   gbarber@london.ca
Gord Hume Controller ghume@london.ca
Bud Polhill Controller bpolhill@london.ca
City Councillors
Roger Caranci Ward 1 rcaranci@london.ca
Bill Armstrong Ward 2 barmstro@london.ca
Bernie MacDonald Ward 3 bmacdona@london.ca
Stephen Orser Ward 4 sorser@london.ca
Joni Baechler Ward 5 jbaechle@london.ca
Nancy Branscombe Ward 6 nbransco@london.ca
Walter Lonc Ward 7 wlonc@london.ca
Paul Hubert Ward 8 phubert@london.ca
Susan Eagle Ward 9 seagle@london.ca
Paul Van Meerbergen Ward 10 pvanmeer@london.ca
David Winninger Ward 11 dwinning@london.ca
Harold Usher Ward 12 husher@london.ca
Judy Bryant Ward 13 jbryant@london.ca
Cheryl Miller Ward 14 cmiller@london.ca

 

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