57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 6C2
31 March 2009
An open Letter from Project Ploughshares
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Liberal Party
Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democrat Party
Gilles Duceppe, Leader of the Bloc Québécois
On behalf of Project Ploughshares, I am writing to urge you to carefully consider the potential international implications of Private Member’s Bill C-301, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act (registration of firearms), introduced for First Reading on February 9, 2009 and scheduled for Second Reading on April 1, 2009.
Project Ploughshares has worked since 1976 to advance policies and actions that prevent armed violence and build peace. It is a sad fact that the violence in many of the world’s current armed conflicts is made worse by the ready availability of small arms. We are encouraged that Canada has been a leading proponent of a global instrument to control the spread and misuse of small arms, the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UN PoA). Appropriate domestic regulation over the sale, possession and use of civilian weapons is integral to Canada meeting its obligations under the UN PoA.
If passed in its original form, parts of Bill C-301 will reverse important parts of Canada’s commitment to international norms as embodied in the UN PoA. Currently we are waiting to see what if any amendments are being proposed for Bill C-301 when it comes up for second reading.
As originally presented, Bill C-301 proposes to end the registration of long guns such as rifles and shotguns. It also proposes to extend the term of gun licenses from the current five years to 10-12 years for all gun owners, including those who own handguns and assault weapons, thereby reducing the opportunities for screening and ensuring that information is up to date and accurate. These measures would seriously weaken the effectiveness of Canada’s current firearms control regime.
The proposed changes also would undermine Canadian commitment to the UN PoA, which calls for measures at the national level including, in Paragraph II.9, an undertaking by States “to ensure that comprehensive and accurate records are kept for as long as possible on the manufacture, holding and transfer of small arms and light weapons under their jurisdiction” (emphasis added). The erosion of Canada’s domestic firearms standards would weaken the impact of Canada’s calls for improved national standards elsewhere.
The gun registry is a tool to monitor gun ownership, not punish gun ownership. It enables policeto take preventative actions and remove firearms where there is a risk. It assists police investigations and reduces the diversion of legal guns to illegal markets. (Most illegal guns start out as legal guns.) In a 9 March 2009 letter to the Prime Minister, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police states its opposition to Bill C-301 in its current form. It takes the position that all gun owners need to be licensed, all guns need to be registered, and gun owners need to be accountable for their firearms.
We urge you and the elected members of your parties to consider these concerns when amending or voting on Bill C-301.
“and they shall beat their
swords into ploughshares,
and spears into pruning
hooks; nation shall not lift
up sword against nation;
neither shall they learn war
any more.” (Isaiah 2:4)
Those who beat their swords into ploughs will plow for those who don’t.
Luke 22:36 – Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
I’ll make this as easy for you to get as I can…
A Non-Governmental Organization that gets your tax money to advocate wasting tax money through a system that doesn’t work. That was created by lies and does nothing to keep people safer. An NGO with ties to the “original” lobbyist (Wendy Cukier) and supports the Chiefs of Police (political association) who have recently been noted as having questionable ethical problems concerning sponsorships over things like the Taser and the company that was contracted concerning the Registry.
An NGO that receives your tax money from CIDA and then uses that money for things such as those related to Ms. Cukier.
In case you didn’t know? Ms. Cukier will not engage in an open public debate against the facts of Canada’s Firearm’s organizations. If I recall correctly, she was recently scheduled to appear on TV with Tony Bernardo of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association. At the last minute she did not appear.
(05-2) The Feasibility of Increased Restrictions on the Civilian Possession of Military Assault Weapons at the Global Level
Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD (English) (French)
This paper was prepared for the Small Arms Working Group of the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee in support of the Peace-building and Human Security: Development of Policy Capacity in the Voluntary Sector Project.
“…About the Author
Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (HC) LLD (HC) M.S.C. (civilian), is the Coordinator of the Small
Arms/Firearms Education and Research Network (www.ryerson.ca/SAFER-Net).
About this Paper
Special thanks to Alison Kooistra, Karen Poetker, Emily Schroeder, Justyna Susla for their assistance on this project.
Special thanks also to Lynne Griffiths-Fulton, Ed Laurence, David Jackman, and Rebecca Peters who offered comments on
early versions of this paper. Much of the material used in this report comes from W. Cukier and V. Sidel, The Global Gun
Epidemic: from Saturday Night Specials to AK-47s, New York: Praeger, forthcoming.
This paper was prepared for the Peacebuilding and Human Security: Development of Policy Capacity of the Voluntary Sector project of
the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee, with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided
through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)…”
Interesting…Wendy Cukier used her own writings as a source for that paper. Hardly objective. I wonder if it would stand up against scrutiny?
If you looked at it as merely propaganda to push an agenda? It wouldn’t.
Also interesting is in her writings regarding taxpayer money via CIDA.
If I could do one thing? I would advise the addressees of that open letter to seriously question it. It seems to have Ms. Cukier’s fingerprints all over it.
The only thing missing is her signature.
Besides the Registry and associated-to-gun-control taxpayer money waste? What other departments are complicit in wasting tax dollars in round about ways related to the Registry and the fallacy of “effective gun people control” in Canada?
Gun Control via the Registry in Canada is appearing to be more and more the giant black hole of Canadian taxpayer dollars.
There is no way to accurately quantify the dollar equivalent of the misery and suffering of Canadians, the villainization, discrimination, criminalization and persecution of peaceable Canadian citizens that participate in the shooting sports, hunt, collect or otherwise recreationally use and own firearms.
Are you starting to smell a scam?
A Liberal government and domestic socialist ideology perpetrated scam that uses NGO’s, victims and others as “useful idiots” as the “means to an end” and is wholly “justifiable” in their eyes contrary to the inalienable rights of individual persons…?
Foreign Socialist thugs influencing domestic affairs, laws and policies scam…?
My opinion? I do.