Category: gun control


In a recent article posted on 1310 News’ Facebook page, Ottawa police have seen a rise in gun violence in Canada’s capital. During a Crime Prevention meeting, Acting Superintendent Chris Renwick said police officers were seeing more shootings that were not related to gang activity, but they suspect it is a sign of a growing “gun culture” in Ottawa.

One of the comments in reply to the story was that it was a good idea for people to carry weapons, and that there should be a CCW, or “Carrying a Concealed Weapon” law in Canada.

My initial reaction to this comment was that this person was a frickin’ idiot, and that Canada didn’t want the same kind of crap that Americans were dealing with.

In Canada, CCW is generally prohibited. But people can be authorized under the Firearms Act. Section 20 of the Firearms Act allows issuance of an Authorization to Carry, or ATC in limited circumstances. Concealment of a firearm is allowed only if it is specifically stipulated in the conditions of the ATC. So, technically, if someone goes through the red tape, they could potentially be allowed to carry a concealed weapon. But just skimming through the basics of it makes it seem like a huge deal for criminals, or cowardly assholes to bother with.

Which brings me to my thoughts on this idea of a “gun culture” coming to Ottawa, and maybe, Canada.

First off, I’m not a fan of guns in general. I’ve only fired a rifle once or twice in my life. Guns and gun-pay in movies and TV shows may be cool, but since that is escapist entertainment, I don;t have a problem with that. But when its real, it usually ends in pain, suffering and death. I’m not a fan of hunting, but it is still legal to kill defenseless animals, and responsible hunters follow the rules to ensure they and others don’t get hurt… at least that’s what I hope.

But the idea of people walking around you at the shopping mall, in the grocery store, or passing you on the street, carrying a gun, for no other reason that they are cowardly assholes (you sensing a theme here?) is a little worrisome.

Sure people will talk about the whole “good guy with a gun” excuse used in the States, but I’ve read a few stories where those “good guys with a gun” high-tailed it when the shooting started, or accidentally killed an innocent bystandard. They also say that people carrying guns publicly get proper training and will react accordingly when needed. But with the recent increase in police unnecessarily shooting unarmed black men, it seems training is only part of it. People also have to be mentally stable, and not cowardly assholes.

I’ve used that term, “cowardly assholes” three times now. That’s because people who feel the need to carry a weapon for protection are cowards. I don’t know what the hell they are afraid of, but apparently, they feel the need to carry a gun. These are also the people who, because of their phobia, will probably over-react in situations that may lead to their weapon being drawn and someone being unnecessarily wounded or killed. Afterwards, they use whatever law that is in place to cover their ass. They try to justify seriously hurting or killing someone by repeating that they were allowed to carry that weapon, and that their life felt threatened. All of that makes them assholes.

Up here in Canada, only three types of people carry concealed weapons. Someone who is legally authorized to do so, right-wing nutjobs who think homos, ragheads, and women should know their place, and criminals.

In America, depending on what State you are in, you can conceal carry or even open carry, which means you can go to your local Walmart with a AR-15 slung over your shoulder. There is also something called “Constitutional Carry”, which allows people to legally carry a handgun openly, or concealed, without the requirement of a government-issued permit. This is allowed because of that antiquated, and severely out-dated Second Amendment.

Now, which country, when populations are evened out via ratios, has seen more gun deaths? Easy answer, America. I won’t go into a rant as to why this is, because it is pretty much a fact.

Up here in Canada, I’m pretty sure I speak for the majority when I say we do NOT want to have the kind of mentality that allows for more people to carry any kind of gun with them, concealed, open, or Constitutional. Sure we have people who come across like cowardly assholes, afraid of change, or different people, beliefs, and ideals. All nations have them. So keeping guns away from them is probably a good idea.

The majority of Canadians aren’t always afraid. And even when terrible things happen, we don’t automatically grab for a gun to protect ourselves. We try to understand it, find the root cause of such events, and what we can do, as a society, to ensure something like that doesn’t happen again.

Hey, it’s not always like that. But at least the good, average, law-abiding Canadian citizen, doesn’t need a gun to protect themselves.

The majority of us don’t want to be one of those cowardly assholes.

 

 

 

Sadly, I posted this a little over three years ago, after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 6 staff members, and 20 children were gunned down. I say “Sadly” because with such a horrific loss of innocent life, you would think America would wake up and realize there is something wrong with it.

But it didn’t… since I feel the need to repost this. 

 

“Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?” V from “V for Vendetta

 

I’d say what happened in Newtown, Connecticut was a tragedy, that it was heart-breaking and… well, no words could truly describe it, or how those families feel. It is beyond words.

But this kind of thing has happened before. Aurora. Columbine. Virgina State. Someone with weapons, made solely to kill other people, enters a place and start shooting at innocent people, teens, children, families.

I’m a big fan of America. But thankfully, I don’t live there. As the quote from “V for Vendetta” states, there is something terribly wrong with you, America. Your allies see it, but you don’t. So, this is my simple attempt to show you what we, your allies, see. It may not amount to much, but it’s how people deal with these kind of events. They talk with hopes of understanding. But more importantly, they listen.

Adam Lanza was just a kid himself. 20 years old. Yet something within him was wrong. He was angry, frustrated, possessed? We may never know. Yet to take his mother’s guns, kill her, then drive to a school and gun-down children who had nothing to do with him is monstrous. But the cold, hard truth of it is, if his mother didn’t have those weapons, he may have only killed her and himself.

Reports and interviews with people who knew Adam tell of an intelligent kid, if a little quiet, fidgety, and not a fan of attention. He was socially uncomfortable, but, according to the bus driver, he was really nice and well-behaved. Most of those traits describe me as a teen, as they probably do for millions of other kids across North America. Yet, something in his life drove him to kill.

Reports also indicate that Adam’s mother, Nancy, was a “survivalist”. News reports state she was stockpiling food and weapons for the eventual collapse of the economy. Perhaps her mentality had an effect on Adam, as he was home-schooled after she pulled him out of Newtown School because she was unhappy with school district’s plans for her son. Perhaps if he had remained in the school system, he may have turned out differently, received help that might have prevented the shootings.

It is all conjecture at this point. The truth may never come out. But Adam’s methods, his means to the end, were concrete.

Adam used a Bushmaster .223, a semi-automatic rifle. He also had two automatic pistols on him, but he preferred the rifle, because it was made to kill people. It holds 30 rounds/ bullets, and authorities reported he had a “very large quantity of unused ammunition at the school”. According to the website that has a great deal on The Bushmaster, it is “… great for 3 Gun Match shooting, home defense and law enforcement use.” Home defense?! Against who? A horde of zombies?! A rogue biker gang terrorizing your town?! What the fuck!

Although I’m not a fan of hunting, there is a huge difference between a hunting rifle, and a semi-automatic assault rifle. How such functioning weapons are accessible for public purchase and use is mind-boggling.

Wait. Can you hear that? The sound of the NRA, the gun-lobbyists, and dumbass rednecks touting the 2nd Amendment? Well, let’s just look at that shall we…

According to the current wording of the 2nd Amendment, it states…

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Now remember when this amendment was originally put into the Bill of Rights, back in 1791, 221 years ago! A few things have changed since the 2nd Amendment was passed. Originally, it was heavily influenced by the English Bill of Rights from 1689, which was derived from conflicts between Catholics and Protestants. American settlers believed such an amendment was important for numerous reasons, including: Deterring undemocratic government, repelling invasion, suppressing insurrection, facilitating a natural right of self-defense, participating in law enforcement, and enabling the people to organize a militia system.

Now, lets look at those reason through the lens of time shall we…

“Deterring undemocratic government”: Back then, America had just become free and didn’t want to repeat what Britain had done to them. These days, Joe and Jane Q. Public have more problems with employment and debt than a government being undemocratic.

“Repelling Invasions”: All the guns in America didn’t stop 9/11 now did it. Thus, this reason is out-dated, since a land invasion is highly unlikely, unless it’s in a movie (Red Dawn, Invasion U.S.A.).

“Suppressing Insurrection”: Well, since those Occupy New York people are still alive, you can scratch that reason, cause that’s the closest to insurrection this country is gonna get.

“Facilitating a Natural Right of Self-Defense”: Back then, that meant a musket, or a flint-lock rifle. And they were protecting themselves from bandits and natives. They had no concept of a single rifle that could shoot 30 rounds, or even pistols! Out-dated.

“Participating in Law-Enforcement”: It ain’t the old West anymore folks. No one deputizes farmers to go after a bandit or natives. Out-dated.

“Enabling the People to Organize a Militia System”: Really? A country that has the largest military might in the world needs to enable people to organize a militia system? Sooo out-dated!

Believe it or not, I’m not anti-gun. There are people out there who know the seriousness of owning a gun. True gun collectors, who know the dangers of such a hobby, and take all the necessary precautions to ensure their guns are stored safely. Nor am I talking about hunters who have a handful, or less, of rifles, and have been taught from a young age to respect the power of a rifle.

Let me make myself perfectly clear…

This blog is directed at the people clinging to the 2nd Amendment, despite its antiquated purpose. It is just an excuse for ignorant, frightened people to own mini weapons of mass destruction as a form of “protection” against make-believe, or potential threat that lurks within all people, according to fear-mongering media outlets (IE: Fox News). These are the people who have no concept of the power they possess, or the harm that can be done. The same people who would rather lose their homes and die penniless than use a socialist system of healthcare, are the same close-minded, out-dated people who keep spouting off about the right to bear arms like it still means something. It doesn’t, not like it did 200-plus years ago.  They are the same people who say “What happened is a tragedy, BUT…”. Anyone who says that has an agenda that goes against the rights of the families who lost loved ones for no reason, and every other person who doesn’t want to get shot dead. The people this blog is directed at only care about themselves. If there was a group of people who should be kicked out of a country, it is them. They don’t give a shit about anyone, especially a bunch of kids gunned down in a school in Connecticut.

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