Our Right to Self Defense – Canada Needs Concealed Carry
The ‘Right’ to Bear Arms in Canada
How the Firearms Act (Bill C-68) Violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Summary of the study prepared by Dr. Ted Morton for:
the Responsible Firearm Owners of Alberta,
the Responsible Firearm Owners Coalition of British Columbia
and the Recreational Firearms Community of Saskatchewan.
First presented in Saskatoon, October 5, 2002
In 1995 the federal government introduced Bill C-68, a bill to change firearms legislation in Canada. After passage it is correctly identified as “Statutes of Canada 1995, Chapter 39.” It incorporates two parts: the new Firearms Act and changes to the existing Criminal Code. Throughout this paper the legislation will be referred to by it’s short title The Firearms Act.
In 1999 when the Supreme Court rejected Alberta’s (and seven other government’s) constitutional challenge that the Firearms Act was outside of the federal government’s jurisdiction, the Supreme Court began by declaring that:
“The issue before this Court is not whether gun control is good or bad, whether the law is fair or unfair to gun owners, or whether it will be effective or ineffective in reducing the harm caused by the misuse of firearms.”
Concealed Carry Permit Holders Are The Most Law-Abiding People In The Country
A newly-released report suggests that concealed carry permit holders are the most law-abiding citizens in the U.S.
The report, written by Crime Prevention Research Center president John Lott, notes that it is “very rare for permit holders to violate the law” and compares the crimes committed by permit holders to police officers and the general population. The police committed 103 crimes per 100,000 officers, while the general population committed 3,813 per 100,000 people, 37 times as much as the police crime rate.
And yet, the same metric shows an even lower crime rate for permit holders.
Disarming Realities: As Gun Sales Soar, Gun Crimes Plummet
A couple of new studies reveal the gun-control hypesters’ worst nightmare…more people are buying firearms, while firearm-related homicides and suicides are steadily diminishing. What crackpots came up with these conclusions? One set of statistics was compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice. The other was reported by the Pew Research Center.
According to DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. gun-related homicides dropped 39 percent over the course of 18 years, from 18,253 during 1993, to 11,101 in 2011. During the same period, non-fatal firearm crimes decreased even more, a whopping 69 percent. The majority of those declines in both categories occurred during the first 10 years of that time frame. Firearm homicides declined from 1993 to 1999, rose through 2006, and then declined again through 2011. Non-fatal firearm violence declined from 1993 through 2004, then fluctuated in the mid-to-late 2000s.
Harvard Gun Study: The More Guns, The Less Criminal Activity
However, according to a recently resurfaced 2007 study published by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, such actions would be counter-productive, with the study concluding, “The more guns a nation has, the less criminal activity.”
The study, titled “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?”, was conducted by Don Kates, a criminologist and constitutional lawyer, and Gary Mauser, a criminologist and professor at Simon Fraser University, and cites the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations International Study on Firearms Regulation.Share on Facebook Tweet about this