Andrew Scheer on Firearms

You won’t find this TODAY on Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s website … it was ERASED … or I’d bet you won’t see it either on his upcoming 2019 election platform.

However, back in 2017, when Scheer was running for the Tory leadership, HIS position was one I believe would trouble many Canadians today … especially in light of the three recent shooting deaths in BC …. as well as the several other shootings in the country in recent months.

Read it for yourself … obtained through the Internet Archive WayBack Machine … and let me know what YOU think:

Common Sense on Firearms by Andrew Scheer

“In my mind, a successful firearms policy should do two things. It should deter criminal activity and should respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners. For too long, laws in this country have had it backwards. Bills crafted in downtown offices by people who often had no first-hand experience using firearms have put undue restrictions on those who respect and follow the law while doing virtually nothing to stop the criminals who ignore it.

“I’ll never forget the first time I went hunting.  I went with a group of friends up to Northern Saskatchewan for whitetail deer.  The first thing that struck me was how safety-oriented everyone was. I must have been told a dozen times how to handle my rifle safely. I quickly realized that gun owners are sticklers for safety because they are the ones affected if something goes wrong.  The people I was with knew and followed all the rules, whether it was safe transport or minimum distances from dwellings, because they knew and took seriously the responsibilities that go along with firearm ownerships.

“I won’t go into all the details about the trip (except to say that I dropped a buck from 400 metres away using a friend’s .308 precision rifle! And the jerky tasted terrific).

“It is abundantly clear to me that there are several things that need to change in order for us to have a more balanced, effective firearms system in Canada.

“When I am Prime Minister I will:

“Launch a review of the criminal code and repeal all federal regulations pertaining to firearms ownership, usage and transportation which do not do the following: ensure that Canada’s firearms laws respect the rights of honest firearms owners, recognize the fact that hunting and sports shooting are an important part of Canadian culture and history, and empower police to concentrate on real criminals who are a threat to the public.

“More specifically, I will:

  • Remove the power of the RCMP to arbitrarily make reclassifications. Too often, certain types of firearms are reclassified and made illegal simply because of how they look, and not because of any safety concerns. I will enact legislation that removes the subjective authority of the RCMP to reclassify based on aesthetics.
  • Define terms in legislation – The legislation that my government will enact will specify actual legal definitions for variants to ensure that those unfamiliar with firearms cannot decide on the legality of a gun based on how it looks. They will instead be required to make determinations based on the actual mechanics of firearms.
  • Repeal restrictions on magazines like the 10/22 – Like firearms classifications, magazines are also subject to arbitrary rule changes from RCMP bureaucrats. Many of the rules are not based on common sense. I will replace these rules with a system based on advice and input from firearms associations.
  • Repeal the UN Firearms-Marking Regulations – The Liberals are threatening to submit to the UN markings protocol. This will have a devastating effect on the Canadian firearms market and impose new and undue burdens on law-abiding firearms owners. As well, according to law-enforcement experts, there is zero evidence that it will have any positive effect on fighting criminals. I will repeal these regulations and ensure that they do not come into force.
  • Strengthen the Firearms Advisory Council – I will ensure that this group of firearms experts has meaningful input on government policy decisions. I will also ensure that the members of the council include representatives from the stakeholder groups who would be affected by those decisions.
  • Decriminalize administrative infractions such as late renewal of a recently-expired firearms licence. — As the regulations currently stand, a person becomes a criminal for allowing their licence to expire. That is a complete waste of government and police resources. I will institute a grace period for lapsed five-year permits, wherein you won’t be able to purchase anything new, but you will not be subject to criminal prosecution or face the possibility of a jail sentence.
  • Create a Firearms Ombudsman – In order to ensure that any new Government proposals and initiatives are always seen through the lens of honest firearms owners, I will create an Ombudsman to advocate on behalf of the firearms community. This person will have the authority to review any proposed regulation and interact with the Public Safety Minister on behalf of individual firearms owners and the various firearms organizations.

“Law-abiding Canadians should not have to justify to the government why they need a firearm. You can be assured that I will always be on the side of law-abiding gun owners. No drug dealer has ever stopped to get an ATT before he went about committing his crimes. We need laws that will empower police in their efforts to keep our streets safe. The policy I am proposing will ensure that law enforcement officers aren’t forced to waste their time policing those who follow the laws, and can concentrate their efforts on actual criminal activity with regards to guns. 

“I have worked to fight ridiculous and wasteful laws since being first elected in 2004.  I am proud to have the endorsement of former Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz, who famously exposed the waste in the long-gun registry and who worked tirelessly to scrap it.”

You can see the actual now-deleted Scheer campaign paper here: https://web.archive.org/web/20170525150610/http://www.andrewscheer.com/common_sense_on_firearms

Not a policy I would want to see in MY Canada!

I am fearful enough when I vacation in the US …where more than 14,400 people were murdered using guns in 2016 (plus 22,900 suicides) … and where firearm shooting sprees are now a regular occurrence.

I respect … although I would never do it … that some people like to hunt or even shoot at targets as sport.

However, Scheer’s firearms position is too “liberal” … if I can use that word referring to Tory policy.

Hopefully the media will wake up … and ask them about his STATED policy … and then watch him squirm.

Harv Oberfeld

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India Spending $1.8 BILLION This Year Alone on Moon Project: So Why Did Canada Give Them $64 MILLION in Foreign Aid?

India is VERY determined: it is moving FULL SPEED AHEAD to join, by this September, the United States, Russia and China in achieving a Moon landing.

The Chandrayaan-2 space mission blasted off July 22 from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre to the Moon … 200,000 miles away. It’s stated goal: to land a lunar rover, ostensibly to explore water deposits at the south pole.

India sure needs LOTS of clean water … but not from the Moon!

Its REAL goal is a major EGO trip: a flashy foray into Space to unite its elites and masses in a nationalistic orgy of pride and performance; to pretend it is now a major world power; and, to show its arch-enemy Pakistan it can do what they cannot.

However, according to the World Bank, 21.9% of India’s population …. 275 MILLION people … live BELOW the national “poverty line” … which itself is appalling low … purchasing power of $1.25 US a day.

And an estimated 60% of the country’s 1.3 billion people live on less than $3.10 a day. Let me repeat that: an estimated 60% (that’s 763 MILLION people) of the country’s total 1.3 billion population live on less than $3.10 a day!!!

“Unemployment is high, there are disparities in standards of living, and minorities continue to suffer from a disproportionate lack of basic services, such as elementary education, primary healthcare, or safe drinking water,” reports the European Union’s International Co-operation and Development Agency.

Does that sound to you like a country that should be spending BILLIONS on a space program?

Not to me.

True … India has been making some progress over the past decade, lifting people out of poverty. “India has been the biggest contributor to poverty reduction between 2008 and 2011, with around 140 million or so lifted out of absolute poverty,” according to Wikipedia.

But India still accounts for a staggering one-third of the world’s entire population still living in poverty.

That’s not good enough to justify such a poor country, that regularly collects foreign aid from so many others, spending BILLIONS on any space project.

Canada in 2018 alone provided more than $64 MILLION in Foreign Aid to India; the US gave them $102 Million; and, the European Union (2007-2019) more than 12.8 Billion Euros.

Think of the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars Canada has given to “aid” India over the past decade, while India has spent BILLIONS on its Satish Dhawan Centre and its toys … so it play in the sandbox of space on the Moon with the Big Powers.

India should use ALL of its precious revenues to provide the very basics of life (clean water, housing, health) to ALL of its citizens. … and to help raise more out of extreme poverty.

And Canada should re-direct OUR aid funds to other more deserving needy countries or to struggling communities here at home … where recipients do not waste Billions of dollars.

Instead of rewarding India for wasting money … literally, on Ego-trips.

Harv Oberfeld

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