Some folks believe they have a constitutional right to posses military type weapons

Dear Editor,

I see where the gun lobby, including Mr. NRA and conceal weapons supporter) has decided that Canada is persecuting gun owners. Nonsense!

Many democratic countries, such as New Zealand, Australia, GB, France, Germany, etc., have banned certain types of weapons for the protection of their citizens. Owning a weapon is a privilege, not a right. Some folks believe, incorrectly, that they have a constitutional right to posses military type weapons. No they don’t! They’re confused because they think that Canada has an amendment to its constitution, like the one in America, that grants a “right” to possess military weapons.

Every day we see what is happening in America over the issue of gun rights. We see armed civilians parading in the streets and on the grounds of state legislatures. Is that a situation that we want for our country? Masked, armed thugs (pretending to be warriors and patriots) threatening to use force if they don’t get their way?

No one is suggesting eliminating pistols, rifles, and shotguns for hunting purposes, target shooting, or for competitions. The majority of law-abiding citizens don’t want a “minority” possessing weapons that were created for mass killings.

Most Canadians believe in certain values that are different from the Americans. For example, most of us believe in “law, order, and good gov’t” vs American values of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. We see, for example, in America where some folks believe, like in the case of the pandemic, that they’re “entitled” to do whatever they want regardless of the consequences to the rest of society. Those are not the values shared by most Canadians.

For those folks who admire American values, especially gun values, may I suggest the following solutions: One, move to the states where a person can openly walk around carrying assault rifles and 50 cal. sniper rifles and become a member of an armed, unregulated militia.

Two: Join the military or the police forces so they can have access to all kinds of high powered weapons.

Three: Join the US military, as thousands of Canadians did during the Vietnam War, to experience the “jollies” of using all kinds of war toys.

Four: Enlist in armies fighting extremists in Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, CAR, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, or against Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine, where they too can experience the joys of wars.

By the way, one of the armed men arrested by Venezuelan authorities last week in a botched invasion was a Canadian mercenary who had served with US Special Forces.

PS: To the person alluding to banishing “pick-me-ups”, I say that he used an incorrect analogy. Yes, such vehicles have been involved in tragic accidents (by speeders; by distracted drivers, or by drunk drivers), but they are not weapons nor weapons of mass destruction.

George Thatcher