Gun lobby does exist
To The Editor:
Regarding “Harper is listening” by Jennifer Dadson in your letters section May 13, she writes that, “There is no ‘gun lobby’ in Canada.”
Is she spreading misinformation?
Surely she must be aware of Canadian GunNutz (www.canadiangunnutz.com).
This highly organized gun-lobby group, with 61,080 paranoid members, is not “a grassroots” movement made up of millions of concerned citizens, as Dadson claims! It is the Canadian “cousin” of the U.S. National Rifle Association and is responsible for 95 per cent of all anti-gun registry letters to editors and e-mails to MPs.
They do this because they oppose all gun control and believe anyone should be able to acquire as many firearms as they wish and law enforcement, whom they inherently mistrust, should not have any way of knowing how many firearms they own or what type they are.
If Dadson and her gun lobby friends succeed in making us more like the gun-happy U.S.A. it will be very good for firearm manufacturers but very bad for Canadians!
“Paranoia” is a clinical definition of a mental condition as defined in the DSM-IV (Phychiatrist’s Reference Manual). Gordon Steel is not an MD or other person qualified to label anyone definitively with that clinical definition.
For all intents and purposes, Mr. Steele is slandering 60 000 people and creating and acknowledging an identifiable group of people in Canada.
60 000 people is a minority of 33 000 000 people in Canada. So, following that thought; 66 000 people out of 2 000 000 licensed firearms owners is a minority of a minority.
Mr Steele has a track record in recent weeks of being published in many papers and other media. His innuendoes, assertions and fabrications could be construed as “hate speech”.
Mr. Steele does not accept dissent or opposing opinions to his position and he supports those of groups like the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Coalition for Gun Control and the international group IANSA.
His letters work in conjunction with the aforementioned groups to seek to squelch other Canadian’s opinion, views and reasonable, responsible and unobstructed enjoyment of their lives.
His tactics mimic those of CACP, CFGC, Mayor David Miller and others by utilizing fear-mongering, smear, disinformation, and deceptive language (lies) to the public and our elected representatives. If any of them were to be required to make those same comments under Oath and under penalty of perjury? They could be charged with an offence for their “evidence and testimony”.
Deceptive language, misleading information and falsehoods brought about the Firearms Act and the Registry.
Mr. Steele, it could be further argued, behaves in and supports undemocratic behaviours in Canada that are quite contrary to reasonably accepted and cherished Canadian values.
Do other Canadian citizens wish for people of Mr. Steele’s calibre and sterling qualities to determine how they lead their lives?
Perhaps that’s why a minority group of Canadians has come together informally and sought to work against his un-Canadian attitudes and prejudices. There is no “structure” or money involved. They are mutually concerned citizens participating in democracy and self-determination without the infringment of foreign entities or agents who’s actions and intentions undermine the sovereignty of a damn fine country.
Their Right to Freedom of Association and Expression as guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is conducted in that informal setting.
Maybe that’s why they support the passage of Bill C-391. It’s a proper fix to a bad law.
P.S. You can’t be “paranoid” if legislators have come out and said the purpose of the Registry is to confiscate and seize firearms and police agencies have admittedly used the Registry in the past to perfom confiscations and seizures of private property.
Merriam-Webster 2010 online dictionary:
Main Entry: para·noia
Pronunciation: \ˌper-ə-ˈnȯi-ə, ˌpa-rə-\
Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, madness, from paranous demented, from para- + nous mind
Date: circa 1811
1 : a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations
2 : a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others
Who’s “paranoid” Gordon? You might want to get yourself checked out by a certified practitioner…
Enjoy your May longweekend folks.