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Boy Scouts vs Homosexuals – Gestapo RCMP

Boy Scouts vs Homosexuals – Gestapo RCMP

The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 per cent of its membership after a year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time.

The organization’s national leadership voted in May to make that change, while continuing to exclude gay leaders. That angered conservatives and some members who consider homosexuality a sin and a violation of Scouting values.

BSA spokesman Deron Smith said Wednesday that the 2013 decline could partially be attributed to that change.

“There are many factors that go into a family’s decision to join Scouting, and it’s impossible to point to any single factor that influences our membership numbers,” Smith said in an email. “This includes, but is not limited to, the limited amount of discretional time and parents wanting relevant programs for their kids.”

With nearly 2.5 million youth and almost 1 million adults, Scouting remains a significant force in communities across the United States, even though its membership has slowly but steadily declined over the last decade.

Boy Scouts of America losing members after deciding to accept openly gay youth

Disband RCMP

Ever since the radio days of Sergeant Preston of the Yukon over half a century ago, I’ve been a fan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

When my wife and I became Canadian citizens in 1973, we were thrilled to see a strapping Mountie in red serge attending the ceremony. In my few encounters with the Mounties since then, I’ve found them superbly competent and professional cops, and really nice people.

But it’s time to disband the RCMP, and to build a whole new police culture in this country.

The grotesque killing of Robert Dziekanski is just the proverbial straw on the camel’s back. Now that most of us have seen that poor man welcomed to Canada with multiple Taser shocks, we need to look again at the RCMP’s last few decades.

Swiss Army Rifle

Gun enthusiasts were livid Thursday over the RCMP’s decision to reclassify as prohibited a line of Swiss-imported firearms, which have been legal in Canada since 2001.

Whether owners of those guns, which cost between $3,000 to $4,000, will receive compensation is unclear. Shawn Bevins, executive vice-president of the National Firearms Association, said he spoke to a senior government official on Wednesday and was told that there would be none.

But Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, said Thursday via email that “all options are on the table” and that the minister was looking into the matter “on an urgent basis.”

He added that Blaney “wasn’t consulted” on the decision to re-classify the guns.

As Postmedia News reported last month, the RCMP spent the better part of a year reviewing the status of the rifles, frustrating gun enthusiasts and sellers who said the case highlighted deep flaws and lack of transparency in the gun-classification system.

Decision to reclassify Swiss firearms angers gun owners

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