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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: 50 calibre rifle found in Mountie shooting suspect’s truck

It’s a shame that the Harper Tories don’t think that rifles like the one described in this story need to be registered: The rifle was hidden inside, police say. It was not loaded, but a police dog team found a loaded .50-calibre magazine a short distance away. That type of rifle is considered to have . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: 50 calibre rifle found in Mountie shooting suspect’s truck

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: As the Harper Tories prepare to deep six the life saving long gun registry

A couple of readings on law abidingness:

Police use the long gun registry

Police use the long gun registry

Gun collectors don’t always use the long gun registry

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: We stand with Irwin Cotler

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When CPC MPs lie to Parliament

On Tuesday during the debate on the life saving long gun registry, Harper Tory MP Larry Miller compared gun control supporters to Hitler.

Shortly after Question Period that day, Miller stood up in the House and apologized for naming the “this evil guy”. Opposition MPs were less than satisfied, but the Harper Tories were quick . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: When CPC MPs lie to Parliament

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: Long gun registry helps police solve $250 000 theft from west coast business

Victoria Times Colonist “Access to the long-gun registry has been critical to advancing the speed of this investigation,” Jantzen said, who added it all went down in a matter of 24 hours.Saanich News “Long-gun registry checks were at the forefront of this investigation,” he said. “We support these accessible databases … when we’re investigating instances . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Long gun registry helps police solve $250 000 theft from west coast business

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: Also worth reading

Long time crime victims’ advocate Steve Sullivan writes about the long gun registry. I believe the DNA Databank has saved lives and prevented abuses. I believe the long gun registry has done the same. If I am wrong about the later, duck hunters and farmer will have to fill out some forms (which I admit . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Also worth reading

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: More worthwhile #gunregistry reading

The “just another duck gun” myth is exploded.

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: So what exactly is a sniper rifle?

When bloggers write about the wrong headed Harper Tory plan to repeal the life saving long gun, self annointed gun language cops leap on any perceived diversion from their world view.

For whatever reason, they seem especially put out by the use of the term sniper rifle.

There must be a simple way to solve . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: So what exactly is a sniper rifle?

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: The Mulroneyesque Thomas Mulcair

There are many things that we could say about Brian Mulroney.

Many of them are bad. But he did have the gift of blarney.

At his best, Mulroney could charm a snake charmer out of his cobras and then go on to convince his opponents that cobras were a thoughtful gift.

But that gift came . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: The Mulroneyesque Thomas Mulcair

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Another good #gunregistry read

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Cowboys for Social Responsibility: That was then. This is now. We liked then better.

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

At the time, the government emphasized how the bill would help keep guns out of the hands of “individuals who should not have them, such as convicted criminals,” and how making businesses keep transaction records would assist . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: That was then. This is now. We liked then better.

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: 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: Someone should ask a Minister

Canadian Press reports today that the government knows that repeal of the long gun registry means that "Canada would no longer meet its international commitments relating to firearms tracing and record keeping." If only the opposition had an opportunity to ask the Minister of Public Safety why he is undercutting Canada’s international commitments to fight gun trafficking. Oh right. They do. . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Someone should ask a Minister

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Credit where credit is due and darts where they are deserved

It’s nice to see the NDP taking a principled stand on the life saving long gun registry. Well, most of them anyway. Who does Nathan Cullen think he’s playing to by slinking away from the vote hoping nobody would notice? That’s not leadership. . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Credit where credit is due and darts where they are deserved