September 09, 2016

Here’s the misfire in Crime Stoppers' latest billboard campaign

Andrew LawtonRebel Commentator

Gun owners are one of the few groups that it is acceptable to stigmatize in Canada.

The latest instance comes from a billboard campaign launched by the southwestern Ontario division of Crime Stoppers, covering my city of London, as well as Elgin and Middlesex counties.

The campaign, which is accompanied by a fear-mongering video depicting an image of a masked assailant pointing a gun at the viewer through a car window, proudly boasts the statement “Guns are the problem.”

Gun-related crime in London is negligible. The city has had three homicides in all of 2016—and none of them have been reported as being by firearm.

The city’s police department makes a number of drug seizures, but few that involve firearms.

So guns aren’t the problem at all, but that hasn’t stopped London-Elgin-Middlesex Crime Stoppers from vowing to get “illegal guns off the street” by showing pictures of guns that aren’t actually illegal.

In fact, in order to make the depicted guns illegal, the owners would have to be unlawfully in position of them, which would mean that criminalsnot guns—are the actual problem.

The response from the gun community has been swift with people withdrawing support from Crime Stoppers after the group’s alienation of gun owners.

One commenter noted that the campaign “will promote reporting typical hunters and sport shooters” to authorities.

WE need to remind Crime Stoppers—and all other anti-gun groups—that crime and those who commit it are the real problem.

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commented 2016-09-11 10:01:44 -0400
Sue Diotte – the government counts on the paranoid to report this type of activity. I would guarantee that someone will show up at your door.
commented 2016-09-11 08:38:44 -0400
I cannot believe how fearful many Canadians are about guns. I had a neighbor having a hissy fit a few months back that my son who is a Master Corporal in Cadets was seen targeting shooting in our backyard. He was practicing for marksmanship with his pellet gun. This crazy paranoid woman banned her children from walking by our house and spread words through the neighborhood that we had a bunch of guns in our home, that my kids were thieves and drug users. I am just waiting for the cops to show up one day so I can make a fool out of her.
commented 2016-09-11 06:04:10 -0400
The government does not want to continue their financial and civil rape of its’ citizens if they are armed. That is one of the reasons Hillary will not get in. Her first priority is to disarm the citizens removing any power they have to revolt effectively. Canadians, know worldwide for their foolishness, have eagerly surrendered this right on the falsehoods condemning the legal firearm owners as the problem. Chretien, the grandfather of this act, actually commented on a Port Perry bank robbery that gun control would have prevented it. As if the criminals are concerned about using an unregistered firearm which could have been traced quite easily. Canadians echoed Chretien’s comments across the country. Drugs, street gangs, and lack of employment is the problem. Nothing more and nothing less.
commented 2016-09-10 23:06:26 -0400
LEVITICUS 2013 commented 11 hours ago
“Guns have never been the problem… Criminals are the problem and the problem with criminals today is that our society has allowed crime to pay and criminals to get away with it…
I just got back from a camping trip and mine fell out of the canoe when it capsized…
Yup… Lost everything”

I take it you lost your gun(s) in that capsized canoe. That is tragic…
I had to sell a Winchester Model 94 Lever action in .30-30, commemorative edition once to buy food and gas, it was my first lever action – I still grieve over that loss!
commented 2016-09-10 18:34:13 -0400
“Gun owners are one of the few groups that it is acceptable to stigmatize in Canada”, along with
pro-lifers, Christians, smokers, fat people, Stephen Harper the list goes on, and will continue to do so.
Divide and ‘ridicule out of existence’ seems the modus operandi of the Left.
commented 2016-09-10 15:15:38 -0400
@ Al Peterson commented 13 mins ago
Right you are Bill. There has STILL been no one held accountable for the High River gun grab
There never will be an accounting – not with fag boy in power

This is only one small example of why the police are the enemy of the people

I would never consider stopping to help an officer in trouble.

If I had to use violence I would likely be arrested

Far better to walk away and let him or her take their lumps.

Never trust the police – even in casual conversation.
commented 2016-09-10 14:59:34 -0400
Right you are Bill. There has STILL been no one held accountable for the High River gun grab. Harper had its of time to do it but didn’t. Can you imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth if the cops in Hogtown had broken into houses and taken everyone’s computers for safe keeping?
commented 2016-09-10 12:18:32 -0400
Brent Horton commented – “The London Office of Crime Stoppers is the architect of this bullshit, in collusion with the Ontario Liberals who donated the extremely expensive billboard.”

Great sleuthing Brent – you have to dig into the networks with these craven fascists. So the Police were not directly involved in this anti-firearms ownership subliminal messaging – not that they didn’t wish they could be.

Your experience with conservatives reps is identical to mine, It’s why I wrote the party off – this is a litmus test issue which defines how willing a government/politician is willing to stand up for principle 0 PCs fail this test with their wimpy dithering and the other two parties we know have no ethical principles to begin with.
commented 2016-09-10 12:08:53 -0400
Hey Dan …. Please go into detail how you mourn my loss.
I would like to know why you feel bad for me and what I have lost
commented 2016-09-10 11:35:26 -0400
I mourn for your loss…
commented 2016-09-10 10:01:02 -0400
Speaking of billboards…….we get turned down a bill board that illustrates the truth. Oh wait …..different Country. (Quebec). Guess we’ll need to use Pattison.
commented 2016-09-10 01:33:21 -0400
The west desperately needs to separate and secede from the rest of Canada in order to survive
commented 2016-09-10 00:37:09 -0400
Here’s what I learned after making a few calls…….
The London Office of Crime Stoppers is the architect of this bullshit, in collusion with the Ontario Liberals who donated the extremely expensive billboard.
The CSSA is all over this, as is the NFA.
I called Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek’s office, and they spent twenty minutes trying not to get involved, I also called the Provincial Conservative MPP, Critic for Justice, and he was somewhat receptive.
I was greatly unimpressed with both reactions.
If the Ontario Conservatives want to form government in the next election, they better start thrashing these liberal assholes, openly to the public.
There is an old saying in business, " An educated consumer is our best customer "
The Right needs to educate the general voting public at large, right now!
commented 2016-09-10 00:31:20 -0400
Guns have never been the problem… Criminals are the problem and the problem with criminals today is that our society has allowed crime to pay and criminals to get away with it…
I just got back from a camping trip and mine fell out of the canoe when it capsized…
Yup… Lost everything
commented 2016-09-09 21:58:51 -0400
Yeah that is the problem, crime was unheard of before guns came into existence. Everyone got along swimmingly and war had never ever happened.
commented 2016-09-09 21:54:39 -0400
commented 2016-09-09 20:29:21 -0400
Makes me want to buy a gun or maybe two, hell why not a dirty dozen. Legally of course. Anything I can do to piss off the leftists and SJW gives me real pleasure. Watching and listening to these babies cry and throw tantrums when people exercise their rights is better than, well there is not much better.
commented 2016-09-09 19:35:55 -0400
Blaming guns for criminal activities is like blaming cars for injuries from drunk drivers.
commented 2016-09-09 18:46:55 -0400
From my cold dead hands!!!! Notice how there are more and more stories coming out about guns? Hunting? Land being set aside for faux wildlife protection ? Hell we can no longer use a spear! Soon they will outlaw the sharp sticks. I’m getting to old to beat my elk to death with a rock. I think it’s time to fence in all the cities in North America off, in order to protect what’s left of the rural areas, citizens of the cities will have to apply for travel visas to leave . Now you can ban all the guns you want in the most populous areas and leave me the hell alone.
commented 2016-09-09 17:03:39 -0400
No, criminals are the problem.
commented 2016-09-09 16:20:06 -0400
Every single time in history, when a government sought means to disarm the people, they slaughtered them within the following years.
Historical FACT.
These morons pushing for gun control – already too much of it in Canada – are committing “prophetic” suicide.
Idiots run the country and idiots elected them.
commented 2016-09-09 15:02:46 -0400
Andrew asks:
“When you look around in your community what is the biggest risk as far as crime is concerned?”
For me it’s politicians/unelected bureaucrats/MSM collusion!
The Globalist conspiracy to steal the guns and rights of the law abiding, responsible firearms owner in order to take away our right and ability to defend ourselves against criminals, invaders and state sponsored tyranny, is being stepped up, in Canada and America. All organs of the government have been co-opted…
Look at the multitude of examples the economist John Lott uses, in his most recent book, “WAR ON GUNS: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies”, of misinformation, sins of omission, outright lies and even the twisting of the FBI Uniform Crime statistics for the purpose of anti-gun propaganda, by the anti-2nd Amendment criminal and traitor, Obama and fellow travelers.
Recall the many examples of that war against responsible, law abiding firearms owners, in Canada – by one of the only disseminators of truth in the media today – or exposers of the anti-gun-establishment lies – here at THEREBEL!
We are facing only two alternatives today: The Globalists win, or the system breaks down completely into anarchy and pain…either way, I have my guns…and I’m keeping them!
commented 2016-09-09 14:13:40 -0400
Crime Stoppers is just another bought and paid for propaganda tool for the one world agenda. I will know longer support them by reporting any crime that I witness either.
commented 2016-09-09 13:56:51 -0400
Way to go Al, you just precipitated the formation of registries for all those weapons, especially the paper clip registry.
commented 2016-09-09 13:42:02 -0400
So I take it that criminals without guns would not be a problem? We certainly know they would never use a knife or a bat or acid or a tree branch or an automobile or a stone, or screw driver or a fist or a pipe or a tire iron or a chain or a 2×4 or a bomb or a fence picket or a chunk of rebar or a chair or bottle or a “point-ed stick” or a “banahner” or a brick or a hammer or a chainsaw or a wire or a scarf or golf club or a rope or a croquet mallet or a box cutter or an airplane or a a bathtub or a flower pot or a….

The last support I give Crime Stoppers.
commented 2016-09-09 13:36:02 -0400
They also spelled their name wrong on the URL london"crine" ?
commented 2016-09-09 13:28:56 -0400
Robert, I don’t believe it is an act of ignorance but a favour to politicians by someone who has political aspirations in the near future. Last time I checked none of my guns has ever walked out of storage and shot someone.
commented 2016-09-09 13:19:35 -0400
An act of unbelievable ignorance by Crimestoppers.
commented 2016-09-09 12:44:34 -0400
All advocacy groups should be removed from charitable or organization status.