A new order paper shows the Liberals aren’t interested in studying both sides of the firearms debate before they grab your guns.
Bill C71 makes it harder for lawful people to get and then keep their gun license, bans rifles already in circulation, and tracks license holders when they buy, sell, contemplate selling or give away their guns.
And while the Liberals claim Bill C71 doesn’t technically create another gun registry, it does require gun stores to track buyers and guns.
The bill, already passed in the House of Commons. is making its way through Senate committee hearings where Conservative senators are doing their best to gut it and make it toothless.
The Liberals tout this legislation is a “balanced” approach to public safety. But did Trudeau’s Liberals actually ponder any real evidence, in the form on an existing parliamentary study, that examines the benefits of gun ownership and the dangers of restricting gun access to lawful Canadians?
Saskatchewan Conservative MP Brad Trost asked the government these questions in the form of an order paper question:
“With regard to firearms policy, has the government analyzed the benefits of gun ownership and if so, what are the details of such an analysis, including whether the government has analyzed the topics cited in the Library of Parliament Parliamentary Research Branch paper entitled the Benefits of Gun Ownership, prepared by Lynn Casavant, political and social affairs division, and Antony G Jackson, economic division, dated April 2nd 2004.”
The Liberals have not looked at that study. They instead are relying on direction from their hand selected Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee, a panel heavily weighted in favor of gun control.
I dug up that 2004 study and read through it. Today I’ll show you why the Liberals are pretending that study doesn’t exist. It “provides an inventory of perceived individual, societal and economic benefits of gun ownership for Canadians" and cites facts dangerous to the Liberals preconceived notions about gun ownership in Canada.
“Since firearms are used in Canada around 66,000 times each year to defend against either human or animal threats, and more importantly, approximately 30,000 times annually to protect against criminal violence. This implies that the private ownership of firearms contributes significantly to public safety.”
We know through the tireless work of the folks at the Gun Blog, who obtained details of the government's C71 consultation sessions last year, the government has failed to engage with atleast seven members of the firearms community listed as stakeholders while reporting that these excluded groups and stakeholders were involved in meetings.
The Liberals aren’t interested in balance, facts or statistics. They want to scapegoat the lawful for crimes that others commit.