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Psychologists from Abraham Maslow to Anthony Robbins teach us all human behaviour is driven by six core needs, listed in their order of importance and power in our lives – certainty, variety, significance, love and connection, personal growth and contribution.

What Drives Us

The first four –– certainty, variety, significance, love and connection ––make up our basic physical and psychological needs. We all need food, water, a job, interests that excite us, and someone to love and to love us. The last two – our need for personal growth and contribution to society – reveal themselves only after our more pressing needs are met.

Gun Control Advocates

Gun control advocates are driven by their certainty that if guns were banned, people would not kill each other. Failed logic of course –– an emotional response driven by wishful thinking. Humans kill each other with a wide variety of implements and methods, and with stunning regularity. It’s been happening since Cain killed Abel.

If laws stopped crime, our murder rate would be zero, as would the rate of all other violent crimes. Sadly, human beings respond to sticks more often than carrots, so our judicial system punishes offenders rather than reward law-abiders.

Gun Owners

Firearm owners are driven to defence by their certainty they didn’t kill anyone, yet are blamed for every mass shooting, drug dealer killing, organized crime hit and gang murder. Ordinary people, guilty of nothing, bear the blame for the crimes of the few. This is not justice, hence the righteous indignation we feel every time someone blames us for a murder we did not commit.

Again, this is an emotional response driven by wishful thinking. “If only those gun banners would go after criminals and leave us alone, everything will be right with the world.” All our facts and indignation fail to make a dent in the emotionally-charged drive of our gun-banning fellow citizens.

Both sides must take a look at themselves and determine what outcome they truly desire, and be honest about that goal.

Our belief is both sides want the same thing – an end to the killing, regardless of the tool used to commit the crime. To that end, we must first understand what drives those who kill and address the root causes.

Murderers and Other Criminals

Mass murderers are typically driven by a combination of significance and certainty. Once they commit their heinous crimes, the perpetrator’s name will be written in history books for all time.

Drug dealers kill to ensure their significance as someone “not to be messed with,” while certainty drives their need to control the drug trade in their turf.

Organized crime members murder one another to ensure their significance, “even the score” with rivals and control their territory.

Gangs murder one another, with innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, to ensure their significance in gang hierarchy.

Mass murderers, drug dealers, organized crime and gangs essentially all kill for the same reason – to meet their core need for significance and certainty.

No wonder the thousands of laws already in existence can’t stop them.

What Lesson Can We Learn From This?

As we stated earlier, firearm owners want the same thing anti-gun advocates want –– an end to shooting deaths.

Where we differ is in our approach, and that’s why these two sets of people advocating for the same result –– an end to shooting deaths –– are so polarized against one another.

The murderer’s heinous act fulfills one or more of his four primary core needs. We owe it to ourselves to figure out which of those core needs are met by this bad behaviour and offer real, tangible solutions to meet those core needs in a healthier way.

Only when we replace murder as a means of meeting those core needs will we ever stem the tide of violence despised by gun owners and gun banners alike.

Both groups jump into action in the wake of the latest tragedy.

Those who despise firearms use the tragedy as “evidence” they are correct; that guns must be banned to prevent future tragedies.

Firearm owners rightly feel attacked by this attitude, since they didn’t kill anyone, yet are held accountable for the actions of every criminal or deranged individual that uses a firearm to kill people.

We all want the same result. We’re all focused on the same goal –– ending the violence –– but until these two, currently polar opposites can meet in the middle and discuss rational solutions, nothing will change.

Instead of pushing for civilian disarmament, gun banners are far better served –– if their goal is truly to prevent future tragedies –– by seeking solutions for why a person chooses to kill and to resolve the issue of why murder fulfills their core needs.

Banning Guns is Not the Solution

If banning guns was the solution, prisons would be the safest place on earth. They’re not.

In November, a Latino gang member died after smuggling the barrel of an M-16 into the California State Prison of Los Angeles County.[i]

In 2014, two criminals smuggled a pistol into the Columbia Correction Institution in Lake City and shot themselves with it in a deluded attempt to sue the Department of Corrections. They regularly smuggled drugs and cell phones into the facility as well.[ii]

In 2012, a man stuffed a .38 calibre pistol into his rectum and smuggled it into a North Carolina prison. Guards found the handgun in the toilet in his cell after fellow inmates reported him.[iii]

We cannot keep guns out of the most secure buildings in the nation, our prisons, yet some insist banning guns from civilians will do what our prisons cannot – keep guns out of the hands of murderers.

The issue is both sides use the same core need to validate their position. Anti-gunners insist banning guns will meet their core need for safety, while gun owners insist their right to own firearms is necessary to meet their core need for safety.

Both sides cannot be correct at the same time.

While we cannot claim to know all the answers, we’re certain of one thing –– whatever the solution, it must fully respect the rights of ordinary, law-abiding citizens to own firearms and the anti-gun advocates’ need to keep society safe.

Violating the civil rights of one group to disingenuously assuage the needs of another, is not the answer.

All parties must put aside their partisan ways and seek an evidence-based solution to this issue. Until then, we’ll keep going around in circles without accomplishing a thing.




Will gun control advocates ever seek an evidence-based approach?



Not sure
Results from last week’s question:

Do you think gun control advocates and firearm enthusiasts will ever find common ground?

YES: 8.3%  NO: 80.3%  Not Sure 11.4%


Announcing a new member benefit to all CSSA Members

The CSSA are pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with the Outdoor Specialties Publications Group that produce Canada’s foremost digital Hunting and Fishing Magazines.

In addition to your current subscription to Calibre Magazine, you will receive a digital subscription to Canadian Outdoorsman, Western Woods and Waters and North American Deer Hunter Magazine. This is an new bonus FREE member benefit.

We will use these quality publications to share the news of the CSSA with both our members and the 394,000 Outdoor Specialties Publication Groups subscribers who have a vested interest in ensuring that our rights as lawful firearms owners are protected.

To view the current issues please follow the links below. As each new issue is uploaded you will be advised by an e-mail and a link. Initially, you will need to register with your e-mail address.

5th Annual SHOT Show Canadian Reception

With the start of the new year, many members of the Canadian firearms industry will be traveling to Las Vegas to attend the 2018 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). A gathering of the world’s firearms industry, the SHOT Show is the largest show of its kind and features nearly 1,900 exhibitors, filling booth space covering 630,000 net square feet. The show, which is a trade-only event, attracts in excess of 65,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries.

The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) and the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) are holding the 5th Annual Canadian SHOT Show reception on the evening of Wednesday, January 24, 2018. This event has grown to become the largest single gathering of Canada’s firearms industry and provides a unique networking opportunity to our industry members.

This event is possible through the kind sponsorship of the following companies:

  • Calgary Shooting Centre
  • Bushnell/Federal Premium Ammunition
  • North Sylva Co.
  • Benelli Canada
  • Trigger Wholesale Inc.
  • Calibre Magazine
  • Think Insure!
  • CamPro
  • Nordic Marksman Inc.
  • T.E.C. Trade Ex Canada
  • Bowmac Gunpar Inc.
  • Browning Canada
  • Double Tap Sports
  • Firearms Legal Defence
  • Holosun Technologies Inc.
  • Korth Group
  • Outdoor Canada
  • Shooter’s Choice
  • Vault Distribution
  • WGT Consulting
  • Wolverine Supplies
  • Xmetal Targets
  • Tactical Ordinance

The CSSA and CSAAA wish to thank each of these companies for their generous support of the 5th Annual Canadian SHOT Show reception, and we strongly encourage our firearms community to patronize these industry-leading businesses and explore the excellent products they offer!

For those businesses who are interested in attending but have not yet registered, please Register Here or email Mike Duynhoven at [email protected] and include your company name and the names of attendees.





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46th Annual Chilliwack 2-Day Gun Show

–– March 17-18, 2018 ––



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Study Shows Dramatic Upswing in Women’s Participation in Shooting Sports

The Outdoor Wire | By January 17, 2018

Athens, AL – – New research on Women’s participation in shooting sports shows significant increase from previous reports.

Shoot Like A Girl, the leader in growing the number of women in shooting sports, conducted an intensive study on participation of women in the shooting sports industry. They studied several disciplines including pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting, archery and hunting. Noteworthy, women are choosing to spend their recreational time in shooting sports, as the study showed, target shooting for fun was the leading activity across all disciplines.

“It is a known fact that women have been the fastest growing demographic for several years now, and we continue to grow. There is a chance that our data is a course correction for the industry, too, based on the responses received after our query of a sizeable number of women.” stated Karen Butler, President/Founder of Shoot Like A Girl. “We have the unique opportunity with our social media and email lists to reach over 146,000 women who participate and/or are interested in shooting sports, and they were enthusiastic to provide their input.” Butler went on to say.

Survey data was compiled from more than 2,600 women in a three-day period from a population reached of 76,890. The total number of women who completed this survey enabled generalization to the entire population of women shooters, with a 99% confidence level and a 2.6% margin of error.  The study found the current growth in participation since reported in 2015 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation has increased by as much 189% in some disciplines.

This substantial increase in the number of women participating in shooting sports sends a strong signal to manufacturers and businesses alike. In times where overall retail numbers and hunting licenses are on a decline, women’s growth is nourishing sales in both and also impacting their families spending. Women control 85% of every consumer purchase in the United States and if they are participating in shooting activities, studies show, their children participate at a higher rate than households where just the man participates.

Butler stated that she conducted the survey to show the magnitude of the impact and importance of women participating in shooting sports. Staying true to Shoot Like A Girl’s mission, Butler wanted to provide the industry with hard facts so manufacturers and businesses will continue to increase products and opportunities for female participation in the shooting sports industry.

The full report from Shoot Like A Girl breaks down activities by discipline, hunting by animal species hunted and gives information on club and organization memberships, as well as equipment used.

For more information email [email protected]

Contact: Jeanine Sayre [email protected] or 256-206-2460

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Paul Beasley is on a very special hunt this week as he’s taking his wife Chrissy on her very first bear hunt with ‘Lost Lake Lodge’ in Northern Ontario. Join us for an exciting and emotional hunting adventure.

*Airing January 21, 2018.

See the trailer: Lost Lake Black Bears

Swedish Police Officer Admits Hand Grenades Are Easy to Find for Criminals

By Chris Tomlinson | January 14, 2018

Grenade attacks in Sweden are becoming increasingly more common and, according to a police officer and a former criminal, the small explosive weapons are readily available and inexpensive.

Police officer Gunnar Appelgren, the coordinator of the Stockholm police force’s gang conflict programme, has admitted that hand grenades are easy to find in Sweden and that many young men involved in organised crime buy them to “shock” their rivals, Expressen reports.

“In 2017, until the end of November, 22 hand grenades were found in Stockholm, of which 12 had exploded,” Appelgren said, and added that criminal networks who employ deadly violence often have easy access to hand grenades.

Appelgren said the reason for the demand for hand grenades was due to the fact that gangs often wanted whatever their rivals could purchase.

“Some groups initially estimated that hand grenades are good for scaring or attacking another group. Then you are in a spiral, where hand grenades become part of the weapons used in these gang conflicts,” he said.

A former criminal and member of an organised criminal gang from the Stockholm suburbs, which are often referred to as No Go Zones, also claimed that hand grenades could be purchased for as little as 1,000 Swedish Krona (£91/$123).

“When I was in, there were still some codes. You did not go to anyone in their homes, but now they do not care about their families. It does not matter anymore,” the former criminal said.

The latest hand grenade death occurred over the weekend after a 60-year-old Swede discovered a hand grenade in the Stockholm suburb of Vårby. He picked up the grenade just outside the Vårby Gard metro station thinking it was a toy, after which it exploded, injuring him fatally.

Some studies have revealed that Sweden is on par with Mexico when it comes to hand grenade attacks.

The problem has reached such a scale that Swedish authorities have even proposed a temporary general amnesty for criminals to hand in their grenades without fear of prosecution.

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Simone, Savage lead biathletes

By Scott Lockhart | | January 14, 2017
Two days of biathlon races were held at Falcon Lake January 6 & 7, 2018, with several Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club athletes attending.

Race format on Saturday was an individual, which requires four trips into the range to shoot and skiing five circuits on the trails. A one-minute time penalty was added to racers time for every shot missed in the range. Course conditions were excellent, although wind chills were high.

Race format on Sunday was a mass start, which requires four trips into the range to shoot, as well as skiing five circuits on the trails. Racers had to ski an extra penalty loop for every missed shot.

Kenora athletes put to good use the training received on the range this fall at the Lake of the Woods Gun Club (

Provisional results for Kenora athletes:


Saturday Individual Event:

Carl Peever 1st place in the Developmental Men 19+ age category, skiing 7.5km total;

Jennifer Findlay 1st place and Michelle Simone 2nd place in the Masters Women 35+ age category, skiing 7.5km total;

Tim Wehner 1st place in the Masters Men 35+ age category, skiing 10km total.


Sunday Mass Start:

Chris Savage  1st place in the Developmental Men 19+ Category, skiing 7.5km total. This was Chris’ first biathlon race;

Jennifer Findlay 1st place and Michelle Simone 2nd place in the Masters Women 35+ age category, skiing 7.5km total;

Tim Wehner 1st place in the Masters Men 35+ age category, skiing 7.5km total.

The next races at Falcon Lake are scheduled for January 28, 2018. For further information contact Scott Lockhart at 807 407-4903, or Biathlon Manitoba at

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Henley leads Kenora biathletes

By Scott Lockhart | | December 17, 2017
The first biathlon race of the 2017-18 season was held at Falcon Lake Saturday, with seven Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club athletes attending.

The race format was a sprint, which requires two trips into the range to shoot, as well as skiing three circuits on the trails. Conditions were excellent with the early snow received across the region.

Kenora athletes put to good use the training received on the range this fall at the Lake of the Woods Gun Club (

Provisional results for Kenora athletes:

Ella Henley 1st place in the Developmental Girls 11-14 age category, skiing 3.75 km total;

Jennifer Cano 3rd place in the Developmental Women 19+ age category, skiing 6km total;

Jake Bennett 2nd place and Carl Peever 3rd place in the Developmental Men 19+ age category, skiing 6km total;

Jennifer Findlay 1st place and Michelle Simone 2nd place in the Masters Women 35+ age category, skiing 6km total;

Tim Wehner 1st place in the Masters Men 35+ age categoryy, skiing 6km total.

The next races at Falcon Lake are scheduled for January 6 & 7, 2018.

For further information:

Contact Scott Lockhart at 807 407-4903, or

Biathlon Manitoba at

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