July 20, 2015

"We have to denormalize the attitude that says gun owners' rights don't matter"

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder

This past weekend activists marked the two year anniversary of the High River Gun Grab by gathering in that Alberta town to discuss what happened and to call for changes to make sure it never happens again. 

Among the  speakers was The Rebel's own Brian Lilley. Watch as Brian explains why what happened in High River is about more than guns, it is about fundamental freedoms. 


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The High River gun grab violated every Canadian's civil liberties, and must never be repeated.
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commented 2015-07-23 19:26:23 -0400
I heard this was orchestrated by Danielle Smyth. How was she involved?
commented 2015-07-21 15:43:31 -0400
After a news conference in high river one of Redfords cabinet ministers , I’ll be darned if I can remember his name, came down from the podium and was confronted by a resident that in his mind was threatened by the resident. It was only aired once on the news. But if I where a betting man I would say he was the one that got the ball rolling with the rcmp. Which makes no difference cause it was still illegal and they would still have to get permission from the rcmp higher higher.
commented 2015-07-21 14:02:33 -0400
The RCMP would have us remember the “Fallen Four” in Mayerthorpe (though that was a RCMP fiasco from the word “Go”). The RCMP would have us forget the Polish immigrant they tasered to death in Vancouver and then lied about. The RCMP would have us forget this gun grab (it was for our own safety, don’t you know?).

And then they want us to trust them?

I know several police officers, personally. I respect the job they do. I respect these individuals. The job is hard, and often thankless. I have serious and major issues with “head office”, the RCMP as an institution. This “gun grab” was not the idea of individual officers; it was ordered from higher up. Who ordered it? We were given a rationale for this action; what was the real reason? Why does the RCMP feel it’s allowed to break the law?

Given this history (and this is just recent years — one should read the history of the RCMP and its branching into CSIS!), the citizenry is perfectly justified for saying “Never again!” and taking measures to protect themselves.

We used to be governed by British Common Law, which said that a man was allowed, legally, to defend his home and land, even with force, if necessary. Trudeau Sr repatriated the Constitution, and therefore nullified this allowance. (Why else are break-in artists allowed to sue their victims because the criminal got injured on a “job”?) The criminals and fringe groups and special interest groups and lobbyists now have all the rights. Maybe it’s time to take those rights back…
commented 2015-07-21 12:46:38 -0400
High River. A truly sad tale… and one that should never be forgotten. It reminds me of a speech I once heard. And I’ll try to recall it. " Our rights as a free people are slowly being snuffed out one by one, and it’s getting to the point where the voices of the masses are being silenced by fear, subversion, and bribes. Our convictions to do what is right should never waver. Never bend, nor break. If we are to be a free and prosperous people once again, we must unite as one voice and let the corrupted leaders know that their control mechanisms will not work, that their ways are not for us at all! We must take our fight to our “leaders” and remind them that those elected are our “PUBLIC SERVANTS”! If we are to hold true to the ideals of our fore-bearers, then we must rise up and fight for those ideals and principles. The struggle for liberty and independence are never over. We have become too complacent as a people and must be woken up and reminded that, that complacency came at too high a price! We must struggle against the yoke that has been placed around our necks, and never yield, no matter the cost! The future of our society is of too great importance to just let die. These incidents of control are just the beginning. Corruption is at the heart of our country and must be purged to save ourselves. Let us rise as one powerful force and show these parasites we elected that we are taking our country back!

That’s about all I can remember… And not clearly, so I may have gotten some lines wrong, but the meaning is definitely clear. Who agrees?
commented 2015-07-21 11:09:33 -0400
All those that are asking for a public or judicial inquiry have to stand in line behind the Indians in the call for a inquiry of the missing and murdered aboriginal women. That’s all the 2 left leaning parties talk about! Nothing about a person’s rights, unless it’s one they agree with!
commented 2015-07-21 11:06:06 -0400
That is bang on Brian! I’ve always lived by the moto, well all have equal rights are none of us have any! But sadly we have too many special interest groups that seem to have the ear of certain politicians that in turn push that agenda of making some have more rights then others. This is very sad and is not what I democratic in any way shape or form!
commented 2015-07-21 10:47:48 -0400
Kudos Brian – gun rights have always been about systemic rights discrimination by both media and government – IT HAS TO STOP!! The best way to accomplish that is with a full judicial enquiry and incarceration of the guilty – I suspect the source of this civil abomination is so far up the command chain the enquiry will be looking at government.

The real question is does that passion for justice, equity in rule of law and loathing of official corruption still abides in the bowels of our democratic watch dog institutions? I think not – corruption percolates down from the top and the whole system is infected. I suspect those who suffered breech of rights here will have to get a civil action going – gawd knows Harper is totally uninterested – even Notley is uninterested in investigating her opponents – strange that.
commented 2015-07-21 10:09:42 -0400
More and more people are realizing that gun control is not about guns. Not really. It’s about control.
Gun owners are a canary in the coal mine…..that is why this matters to all of us. This sorry episode needs a judicial inquiry. Just as we would never have found out what happened to a Polish immigrant in the Vancouver airport without the Braidwood Inquiry, we’ll never find out what really happened in High River without an inquiry.
commented 2015-07-21 02:08:35 -0400
Brian, enjoyed your speech. I have and am doing exactly as you say, that is I have and I am trying to educate everyone within my circle of influence.
Thank you for doing a great job as always. I’m glad we have people like you and Ezra and the rest of the Rebel crew on our side.
commented 2015-07-20 22:37:25 -0400
Good speech Brian, thank you
commented 2015-07-20 20:32:07 -0400
Sort of like the memorials for the victims of Mark Lepine. Or holocaust survivors – “never again”.

Not to make too fine a point, atrocities occur on a continuum, they start somewhere. Like a gun grab.

Good work, Brian. Don’t let it go to your head, though. Your pate is already big enough to fry an egg on. (-: