07 July 2015

If a government bureaucrat went out...

...and banned hoodies... there would be bloody rioting in the streets of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

So how can the RCMP, without any justification, turn this .22 calibre rifle into a prohibited weapon?

Don't take my word for it. Walk up to any cop and ask them if they'd be more worried about facing a nutjob with a .22 calibre Blaze 47 or virtually ANY non-prohibited, commercially available 30 calibre deer rifle that can currently be bought at Canadian Tire.

This firearm has been banned, not for any legitimate reason, but because Canada's national police force thinks it looks "dangerous."

guns kill people like pencils write poetry

You’d be forgiven for assuming that the rifles were fundamentally different in some way; that the Blaze-47 was somehow more deadly or more easily concealed than the standard Blaze. But it isn’t. It’s the same unremarkable .22-calibre plinking gun, virtually identical in all technical aspects to the unrestricted Blaze. The Blaze-47, however, comes with hand grips and shoulder stocks that give it a superficial similarity to the AK-47 rifle made famous by the bad guys in ’80s action movies.
Think about all the things you personally dislike. Should you have the power to ban them from "polite" society? Yet, you're willing to bestow that power on some faceless pencil-pushing functionary at the RCMP?

Ever been to Scarborough? Think of those ubiquitous chopped, lowered Civics & Camrys sporting unpacked mufflers and fibreglas whaletails you see at every second intersection.

Confiscating fake racing cars from all those Vin Diesel wannabes would invariably save more lives than banning firearms based solely on their grips and stocks. Best of all, with this RCMP precedent, we don't need to rely on any expensive, time consuming legislation... we'll just base it on whether some civil servant at the Ministry of Transportation doesn't like the looks (or sound) of any particular car. Hells bells, there's some ugly ass lifted monster tucks that spoil the ambiance of the picture postcard suburbs... let's put them on the list too. While we're at it, maybe we could start to dictate what colours people can paint their houses.

You think I'm being silly? Just think about the precedent here. I'm not saying the elected government doesn't have the right to legislate on firearms. Think about what is happening here. The Blaze 47 breaks no laws or even technicalities. The same gun, with a different stock and fore-end is completely legal in Canada.

If you let this happen you're ceding power to the civil service to capriciously shape your lives. That's wrong.

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UPDATE: We're not a Police State... yet...thats my prime ministerThank goodness for the Conservative government. They're the only party remotely concerned with personal civil rights.

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LAST WORD: Couldn't happen here... right?
"And so in April 1933 it would be easy to say, if you were a middle-class German seeking nothing other than a quiet life, that, yes, these National Socialist chappies are a bit uncouth, but the checks and balances are still just about working. What's the worst they can do?"
Don't bet on it.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

until the RCMP are elected to make law I would suggest telling them to stuff it. oldwhiteguy.

Neo Conservative said...

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under tommy trotsky or emperor justinian, the rcmp would probably receive commendations and financing to ramp up their actions against legitimate firearms owners. imagine high river" on steroids.

the harper government saw what was happening and decided to take action...

"The federal cabinet recently acquired expanded powers that allow it to override RCMP gun-classification decisions after Bill C-42, The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, received royal assent.

Under the new law, the cabinet now has the authority to remove restrictions on guns after getting “independent expert advice.”


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Eric Doll said...

"I'm not saying the elected government doesn't have the right to legislate on firearms." I suppose this is true if qualified by, ", as well as rakes, bats, pancake flippers and slippers." What the govt can do and what it is constituted to do are totally different things and the test of how conservative our govt is lies in how much it interferes in matters that are properly the citizens' to manage.

Neo Conservative said...

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eric... in this particular case the government has had to react to a faceless, unelected bureaucrat embedded in the bowels of the national police force deciding that he or she can usurp the power to legislate from parliamentarians.

i trust you see the difference.

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