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Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

PHOTOS: Retired Quebec Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette (Alchetron.com), whose Senate bill would make a sensible model for government gun-control legislation. Below: Conservative British Columbia MP Bob Zimmer, an advocate of lifting all Canadi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: A federal by-election in Cowboy Country

TweetEarlier this week, I wrote about the interesting by-election in Fort McMurray-Athabasca, today I look at the other federal by-election in Alberta that will take place on June 30, 2014. Situated on the eastern slopes of of the Rocky Mountains, the Conservative machine appears strong in southern Alberta’s Macleod riding. Although growth in the communities . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: A federal by-election in Cowboy Country

Politics and its Discontents: Depraved Indifference – UPDATED

The term ‘cultural divide’ does not begin to explain this. Depraved indifference, on the part of both the company and the parents, perhaps does.

UPDATE: This piece on Slate, which includes a ‘charming’ video on ‘My First Rifle,’ is well worth a look. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Depraved Indifference – UPDATED

Politics and its Discontents: And Now, A Word From America’s Most Powerful Lobby

Such unctuous and pious hypocrisy I have rarely seen or heard:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Law and Order Government That Loves Guns

Anyone still harbouring doubts about whose interests the Harper regime is governing on behalf of would be well-advised to read this story in today’s Star. Entitled RCMP concerned as Conservatives consider loosening firearms restrictions, it reveals the latest legislative considerations of a government that claims to be tough on crime, but sees little . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Law and Order Government That Loves Guns

Politics and its Discontents: Another Thing Americans Have To Worry About

Think how much worse things could be if guns killed people. But as we all know, thanks to the reassurance offered by the NRA, guns don’t kill people; people kill people.

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Cowboys for Social Responsibility: What Vic Toews doesn’t know might hurt you

As the Conservative caucus wanders off tonight to celebrate their modest victory against the continuation of the life saving long gun registry by drinking the blood of gun violence victims with the gun lobby, we would be remiss if we did not point out how little Public Safety Minister Vic Toews knows about the bill . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: What Vic Toews doesn’t know might hurt you

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: We’re surprised that anybody is surprised by Larry Miller’s comparison of gun control supporters to Hitler

Following gun control issues as we do, we’re not really surprised that Conservative MP Larry Miller chose to compare gun registry supporters to Hitler.

After all, Miller is just reflecting a common point view among gun control opponents.

And he isn’t even the first person associated with Harper Tories to get into trouble with Nazi . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: We’re surprised that anybody is surprised by Larry Miller’s comparison of gun control supporters to Hitler

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Giving credit where credit is due

Yesterday, the Harper Tory government was finally forced to announce the membership of its radical anti-gun control committee (Question 364).

It’s only five or six years after the committee was established that a written Parliamentary question shone some light on the rocks under which the committee lives.

Review of the new list shows some . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Giving credit where credit is due

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Harper Tories release suppressed gun control report: Report leaves more questions than answers

Five days after the Minister of Public Safety tabled the overdue 2010 report of the Commissioner of Firearms, the government finally got around to providing it to the rest of the country.

Sensible Canadians should be concerned that the report took so long to be made available.

Judging from it’s contents, preparation was only partly . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Harper Tories release suppressed gun control report: Report leaves more questions than answers

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Harper Tories still suppressing critical firearms reports

Two months ago, we wrote about the Harper Tory government’s penchant for suppressing RCMP reports on the life saving long gun registry.

At the time, the House of Commons Public Safety committee was studying the most recent long gun registry repeal bill and another favourable report would have again undermined the credibility on the . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Harper Tories still suppressing critical firearms reports

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Alberta supports Quebec long gun registry

Last week while we were busy doing other things, Alberta Premier Alison Redford visited Quebec.

Over the course of the visit, the Premier was asked about her views on the life saving long gun registry.

Redford told reporters that she respects Quebec’s decision to establish its own long gun registry and does not oppose transfer . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Alberta supports Quebec long gun registry

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Tories lying about gun registry bill

According to Western Canada’s gun lobby.

Maybe that’s why the NFA didn’t get invited to the House of Commons Committee review of the radical bill to repeal the life saving long gun registry.

Let’s hope the Tory majority lets the NFA appear when the Senate considers the Bill.

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Three posts on guns worth reading

Every now and then, we see things which will likely interest our regular readers and, as a bonus, engage and/or enrage our trolls.

Here are three that speak of the community to which the Harper government is pandering in its incremental war on Canada’s gun laws. Reflecting on the Right-Wing Response to Violence Against Women . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Three posts on guns worth reading

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Ringing in the new year with a bang

A couple of days before the new year a letter appeared in the Calgary Herald outlining the writer’s concern about the deaths caused by another formerly law abiding gun owner.

The writer likely wondered how a young man who treated his guns like “babies”could legally acquire and keep the weapon he used to kill three . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Ringing in the new year with a bang

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Next stop, tiger blood

Today we learned that the stable Harper majority government has launched yet another round of ads trumpeting the Conservative Party’s unfulfilled commitment to repeal the life saving long gun registry.

But why now, right before Christmas?

They have a majority in the House of Commons. They could have passed their radical Bill before leaving on . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Next stop, tiger blood

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When is OK to compare Canadian police to the SS?

In April 2011, a handpicked member of the Harper government’s radical anti-gun control advisory committee, compared Canadian cops to Hitler’s notorious SS.

In the midst of an election campaign, such comments had the potential to be explosive and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews former Director of Parliamentary Affairs lept bravely into the fray: “Due to . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When is OK to compare Canadian police to the SS?

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When unicorns are as real as Tory spin lines

In June 2006, Stockwell Day tabled the Harper government’s first bill to repeal the long gun registry.

As this blog pointed out a couple of days ago, Day’s bill required gun sellers to actually check whether the buyer was licensed before selling a long gun.

At the time, the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, Canada’s . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When unicorns are as real as Tory spin lines

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When you don’t know what your talking about, you should just stop talking

On Thursday, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security heard from Canadian Shooting Sports Association spokesman Tony Bernardo.

Just before 36 minutes into the committee meeting, Bernardo starts to list all of the things he believes governs the import of firearms by licensed Canadian firearms business in response to a . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When you don’t know what your talking about, you should just stop talking

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: It is like giving a machine gun to a monkey *

Watching gun registry opponents on twitter over the past few days has been nothing short of amusing.

One guy thinks we work for George Soros.

Another posted a photo of his small daughter hugging a sniper rifle.

And another decided that homophobia would strengthen his argument.

* We can’t take credit for this . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: It is like giving a machine gun to a monkey *

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: The factualy flawed and incorrect Vic Toews

If I was the Minister of Public Safety, I would want to make sure that my answers to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security were well rooted in fact.

Others, it seems may not share that passion.

Responding to a question from Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia about how police . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: The factualy flawed and incorrect Vic Toews

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: How can you tell when Vic Toews is making shit up?

This morning, Canadian Press reported that repeal of the gun registry would increase the risk of illegal gun smuggling and trafficking.

At the Parliamentary Committee this morning, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews downplayed the risk. He maintained the bill will not result in any changes to the way border officials track guns.

Of course, he’s . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: How can you tell when Vic Toews is making shit up?

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: More gun registry news

On November 2, the UK House of Commons European Security Committee considered EU Regulations that would implement the United Nations Firearms Protocol, a treaty designed to fight illicit firearms trafficking.

Following its review of additional information provided by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, the Committee cleared the document.

That means that the United Kingdom . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: More gun registry news

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Is OFAH lowering its standards to dance with the Tories on the long gun registry?

In 2004, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters wrote a letter to then Prime Minister Paul Martin on behalf of the National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Wildlife Federations setting out their views of what a post gun registry world sh… . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Is OFAH lowering its standards to dance with the Tories on the long gun registry?

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Gun lobby wrong…again

St. Catharines Standard November 14, 2011 Letters to the Editor ‘GOPHER GUN’ DESIGNED TO SHOOT PEOPLE Tony Bernardo of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (who commented in a QMI Agency story in The Standard, Nov. 2) is incorrect in calling the Mini-14 rifle a "gopher gun … designed to shoot varmints on a farm." The Mini-14 is designed to shoot people, being a version of the M-14, a . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Gun lobby wrong…again