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Inside this issue Regulars From the Editor’s Desk ...............................................................6 Christopher di Armani President’s Column .....................................................................8 Blair Hagen Vice President’s Column ...........................................................10 Sean Penney Letters to the Editor ..................................................................12 Gun Culture - Katey Montague, Growing up Guns ..................14 Christopher di Armani The International Front - Disarming Civilians & Political Stability 16 Dr. Gary Mauser Legal Corner - The “Police Function” in Canada .....................18 Youth Development - Why wasn’t shool like this?...................21 David Chappelle Self-Defence .............................................................................29 Clive Edwards Preserving Our Firearms Heritage ............................................30 Gary Kangas
On the Cover The names on the cover of this edition of Canadian Firearms Journal are just the highprofile examples of the “police function” in action. Can you imagine your name on the list?
Women & Guns.........................................................................31 Kim Page Politics & Guns - Gang Control Through Gun Control ............32 Bruce Gold Old West Armoury - Vaya Con Dios .........................................34 Jesse L. Hardin The Bruce Montague Case Update ...........................................40 Christopher di Armani
Mission Statement Canada’s National Firearms Association exists to promote, support and protect all safe firearms activities, including the right of self defence; firearms education for all Canadians; freedom and justice for Canada’s firearms community, and to advocate for legislative change to ensure the right of all Canadians to own and use firearms is protected.
The Last Word ..........................................................................62 Christopher di Armani
Features The Heinous Case of Jeremy Swanson .....................................24 Christopher di Armani BC IDPA Championships..........................................................38 Christopher di Armani Why Shooters are Fat part 2......................................................42 David Chappelle
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by Christopher di Armani
elcome to another edition of Canadian Firearms Journal! This edition digs into the meat of a few issues and traces them back to an old one, and then looks to the future to see what we gun owners can expect if things keep moving forward on the same path they are now. We’ve received a lot of questions about the Bruce Montague case, and what becomes obvious from the framing of some of those questions is that most people don’t really know what the Montague case is all about, or why it is important to them. We’ll address that in depth in this issue. In “Gun Culture”, we take a look at Bruce Montague’s daughter Katey in a column titled “Growing Up Guns”. If anyone has done that, it’s Katey! In Legal Corner we take a look back to 1978 and something most gun owners have never heard of: “The Police Function”. We’ll take a look at what it is, why it is important, and how it’s being implemented today. The thrust of the “police function” was to confiscate firearms whenever possible and force gun owners to fight in court to get them back. It’s been going strong ever since, and indeed gaining momentum.
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In the past few years high-profile police actions have become common against people whose “crime” is not renewing their license in time. Bruce Gold examines “gang control through gun control”, debunking myths the police and politicians promote about gangs and guns. The conclusions from the RCMP’s own reports really will surprise you in the wake of their ongoing efforts against lawabiding Canadians. The Ottawa YMCA is a long way from his lofty days as “Employee of the Year” at the Canadian War Museum. Jeremy Swanson is a man whose life has been destroyed by a wife who used the firearms act and the police as a sledgehammer to bludgeon him into submission. It’s repulsive, but his case is a stark reminder that some police officers will do whatever they can to destroy anyone who gets in their way. The second installment of Dave Chappelle’s article “Why Shooters Are Fat” is in this issue, and an indepth interview with one of North America’s premier trainers. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of him. He prefers it that way. Women and Guns takes a look at “Ladies Night”, a shooting event designed by women to bring more women into our shooting fraternity. Kim
Page, the owner of Packing In Pink (www.PackingInPink.com) wants you to start a Ladies Night at your local shooting club, and she’s willing to help you any way she can. Dave Chappelle looks at a remarkable program for young people in Nunavut. Can you believe that hunting and fishing are actually part of the school curriculum? It’s fantastic! Jesse Hardin brings us another installment of Old West Armoury. As he does regularly in these pages, Jesse brings the old west to life in ways only he can. Thank you Jesse! Gary Kangas’ column “Preserving Our Firearms Heritage” takes a look at the not-too-distant past, and shows us what life was like in Victoria, BC not too long ago. Given today’s political climate, you’d think it was another universe, however. I hope you enjoy the magazine, as always, and if you’re of a mind, contact your local MP and MLA and let them know how you think they are doing their job. They are, after all, our employees, and they need a constant reminder of that fact. Yours in Liberty,
by: Blair Hagen, National President
President’s Column The summer days of 2009 will be anything but lazy for the firearms issue in Canada. We come out of this just past parliamentary session with a new bill. Bill C-391 courtesy of Manitoba MP Candace Hoeppner.
of universal firearms registration, yet how can they get elected if they simply parrot the party line on gun control?
This bill is an attempt to keep the firearms issue on the table, in the wake of long time stalwart MP Garry Breitkreuz’s Bill C-301 being blocked by the opposition and the gun control lobby.
They can’t. So they have adopted the tactic that served former U.S. President Bill Clinton so well. “I Feel your Pain”.
But what is clearly evident is that these private member’s bills have little to do with definitively fixing Canada’s broken firearms laws, and a lot to do with forcing certain opposition members of parliament out of their comfortable positions of publicly supporting firearms law reform, but privately campaigning against it. What does that mean? It means that in the wake of the failure of the C68 Firearms Act, certain MP’s of the Liberal and NDP parties have gotten elected in their ridings by claiming that they understand the burden C68 and the firearms registry has put on their constituents, and that they want to see firearms law reform. This is in stark contrast to official Liberal and NDP party policies that dictate that the firearms registry must not only be maintained, but expanded with more useless red tape, paperwork and finally bans on handguns and semi automatic rifles. Those policies have put Liberal and NDP candidates and MP’s in certain ridings between a rock and a hard place. They know gun control is not popular in their ridings. They’ve heard and seen the litany of horrors perpetrated by the firearms bureaucracy, they’ve seen the failure
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I feel your pain. However, the way these MP’s want to ease the pain of their firearms owning constituents is to make it “easier” to comply with the current offensive and unacceptable Firearms Act regulations, and perhaps support a bill that will end some of the provisions of the long gun registry, if it meets with their full approval. They want to ease your pain, but not at the expense of feeling any pain themselves. How disingenuous. The controversy over Breitkreuz’s Bill C-301 has shown a very disturbing trend among these opposition MP’s. As soon as the gun control lobby manufactured this controversy, they conveniently withdrew their support for firearms law reform. It seems that if the Coalition for Gun Control and the political police chief’s association says that a bill will put “machine guns on the street” and make it “easier to get handguns” it must be true. Their stampede away from supporting Bill C-301 was deafening, but their message came through loud and clear. Gun control is controversial in the Liberal and NDP Parties. The famous urban/rural split in these two left leaning parties is real, but currently politically correct urbanites hold control of party policies on social issues
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such as gun control. I say social issues, because with the failure of the C-68 Firearms Act, gun control can no longer be considered a public safety issue.
principle; either you understand that Canada’s current Firearms Act has failed and support the reform of firearms regulations,
The Liberal and NDP parties know that they must at least pay lip service to rural ridings and ridings in western Canada wear gun control is about as popular as tax increases and rights for pedophiles. So, Liberal and NDP candidates in these ridings have been given permission to deviate from the official party line on gun control. A win/win situation for the policy wonks of the Liberals and NDP, or so they thought.
Or you do not, and instead want the current Firearms Act to continue. It’s a simple choice, and it’s a choice that certain Liberal and NDP MP’s are going to have to make. And it’s a choice that they are going to have to justify to their constituents. No equivocating over minor amendments to regulations, no by your leave to express a personal distaste for handguns or ugly black rifles. Just a choice based on principle.
With a government bill on firearms law reform unlikely to make headway in a minority parliament, a private member’s bill would not carry the same attachments or stigma in garnering support.
National Firearms Association has discussed Bill C-391 with Candace Hoeppner, has pointed out it’s failings and given the reminder that it does not fulfil government promises or policy on firearms law reform, but NFA does support the principle engendered in Canadace Hoeppner’s bill.
Breitkreuz’s Bill C’301 was such a bill. Those opposition MP’s had to seriously consider supporting it, or lose face with their long suffering constituents. The controversy manufactured by the gun control lobby gave them an out from having to make a difficult decision, and those MP’s chose to side with the status quo. It seems that firearms law reform is not such a principle or priority with them as many had claimed. Candace Hoppner’s C-391 is merely a stripped down version of Bill C-301. It contains none of the fairly substantial amendments contained in Bill C-301, reforms which would have substantially cut down of the bureaucracy and red tape that has served no purpose in securing public safety since C-68 was imposed in 1998. Even so, just before parliament broke for summer recess, opposition MP’s sought to defeat Bill C-391 through a back room procedural move, to spare their compatriots from ever having to face a vote on it.
It wasn’t a particularly easy choice for NFA to make based on our consistent demand for systemic firearms law reform. However, sometimes principle must be recognized. Many Canadians will say that there is little to be found in politics today. Will those opposition MP’s on whose vote Bill C-391 depends choose to stand on principle, or will they allow the gun control lobby once again to manufacture a convenient out for them ? If you live in a riding where your Liberal or NDP MP has promised you that they support firearms law reforms, ask them this question. Then ask them if they will publicly support Bill C-391. This is now the litmus test for the support of firearms law reform in the next seesion of parliament.
What C-391does contain is an addressing of the issue of the “long gun registry”. To the firearms community, the long gun registry is only one part of the problem of the hated C-68 Firearms Act, but to Ottawa politicians it’s the buzz word that encapsulates support or opposition to firearms law reform. C-391 essentially forces members of parliament to make a choice and to make a stand. It forces that member to either stand behind previous promises in regards to the reform of Canada’s failed firearms laws, or reverse that position. There can be no claims of “machine guns on the street” or “easy access to handguns” with C-391. C-391 does not definitively keep the Conservative government’s promise to fix Canada’s broken firearms control system, but it does establish a
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by Sean G. Penney, National VP Communications
Vice President’s Column Tearing Down the House that Rock Built “The artful and creative use of statistics is employed all the time in order to bolster weak arguments. The most recent, and significant example that comes to mind are Canadian long gun statistics. Dubious methodology was used to obfuscate the fact that a miniscule amount of violent crime could be attributed to rifles and shotguns – and even that tiny number was diminishing when compared with the ubiquitous hand gun which, we note, has been subject to firearms registration for 68 long years. All this to support the draconian, intrusive, costly (and next to useless) Government Long Gun Registry. Need one observe that the nearly billion dollar Long Gun Registry has, to date, not spared one homicide victim shot dead by illicit hand guns this year? How many added police patrols would a billion bucks have bought? Eight times more money has been spent on regulating duck hunters than on counterterrorism yet it’s reported time and again that terrorist cells exist in Canada. Lesson: Duck hunters are safer to regulate than armed killers and terrorists.” Source: Blue Line Magazine – “The toss of a coin” – The Back of the Book column by Robert Stevens, Page 38 - January 2003.
The spring 2009 session of Parliament was the most raucous in recent memory. We saw not one, not two, but three bills introduced with the express intent of dismantling the long-gun registry!
Finally, we’re left with Bill C-391, another private member’s bill introduced by Portage-Lisgar M.P. Candice Hoeppner.
First was M.P. Garry Breitkreuz’ private member’s bill, Bill C-301, which offset the many of the more onerous provisions of the Liberals Firearms Act, and would have eliminated a much needless paperwork and bureaucracy. Alas, the saving of millions of taxpayer’s dollars did not interest the opposition parties and the bill ultimately died on the vine.
We consulted directly with Ms. Hoeppner on her bill and after much debate and discussion opted to offer official NFA support for C-391. While that support is somewhat qualified and we expect the Conservatives to deliver much more, the Hoeppner bill offers the best chance to finally begin the process of dismantling the absolutely useless long-gun registry.
Bill S-5 followed. This was a poorly written piece of legislation largely penned by Liberal-appointed bureaucrats. It did not have the support of the National Firearms Association. Introduced in the heavily Liberal dominated Senate, S-5 went nowhere. Ironically, the notoriously out-of-touch coterie of Liberal Senators did all gun owners a favor when they tanked it.
What is most frustrating from my own personal perspective is the inherent lack of journalistic integrity displayed by the Canadian media today. Hearsay becomes fact and facts are to be manipulated to fit the story. All too often the media and the gun-control lobby deliberately try and confuse registration with licensing. Firearms licensing is a wholly separate issue from the registration of long-
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guns, yet the gun-grabbers use the two interchangeably. This confuses people, especially the vast majority of the non-gun owning public that resides in Canada’s large urban centers. They’ve been trained to fear and loath handguns and, by association, all gun owners. It is up to each and every one of you, Canada’s responsible gun owners, to do your part to change this perception. Write letters to your local paper, participate in local radio call-in shows, to get involved in your community and wear your National Firearms Association cap or T-Shirt with pride. We need to set the record straight! NFA members come from all walks of life. We are elementary school teachers, journeyman welders, machinists, medical doctors, dentists and lawyers, professional guides and hunters and farmers. We are not the enemy of public
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safety, nor the bogeymen that the “gun control” advocates make us out to be. As originally conceived, the Liberals gun control program was supposed to cost a mere $2 Million. Instead, CBC estimates put the figure at something over $2 Billion! Auditor General Sheila Fraser, in her report on the gun control program, found massive cost overruns and reported costs in excess of $1 Billion; however, she complained that the Liberal government had actively worked to hide millions more pumped into the program via other agencies and ministries. The actual total will probably never be fully known, however, what we do know is that Canadian taxpayers continue to waste between $80 and $115 million dollars per year just keeping the longgun registry afloat! If you ask almost any rank-and-file law enforcement officer, they will quickly confirm the bogus nature of the CACP’s statistics and most will categorically state that the CACP does not speak on behalf of the majority of serving officers in Canada today. Many officers are gun owners themselves and enjoy participating and competing in many of the same shooting sports activities that you and I do. At the same time, most will shoot down the CACP’s contention that the firearms registry somehow makes officers safer, simply because they can check the registry beforehand to see if anyone in the home is a gun owner. Historically, the registry database has suffered from a data entry error rate of over 80%. Law enforcement officers at the street level are well aware of this failing, yet CACP spokesmen attempt to make the point that police depend on this information to keep them safe? Common sense would dictate that any responding officer would approach any individual, vehicle or dwelling with the same level of caution and operate under the assumption that firearms or other weapons are present until proven otherwise. They must be prepared for anything, as their lives depend on it! Proper training, adequate resources and common sense keep officers safe, not some $2 Billion duck gun registry.
We have registered guns in Canada since 1934 and in that 75 year timeframe, there isn’t a single, verifiable case of one life actually being saved by the registration of firearms. The Hon. Herb Grey, then Liberal Deputy Prime Minister, was forced to admit as much in the House of Commons during debate over the registry some years ago. The tragedy of Dawson College simply drives home that point. Kimveer Gill’s firearms were all legally acquired and registered under the Liberal gun control system. That registration sure didn’t help Anastasia DeSousa! Registration of firearms simply does not work. The tired old gun-grabber argument that, “…if it saves just one life, it is worth it” has been proven false, just like so many more of their arguments! The registry hasn’t saved one life; in fact it has diverted hundreds of millions of taxpayer’s dollars from other projects that could have saved countless lives! Think about it. How many MRI machines would $2 Billion dollars have purchased? How many thousands of new police officers would it have hired and trained? How many new doctors and nurses hired for rural hospitals? Yet we continue to bleed taxpayer dollars into this money-pit! Almost $82 million dollars will be wasted on the long-gun registry in 2009 alone. Thousands of police officers will be diverted from their intended duty this year in order to investigate otherwise law-abiding citizens who have become “paper criminals” due to bureaucratic oversight or failure to comply with an almost incomprehensible gaggle of overly complex firearms - laws that even those tasked with enforcing them have a very imperfectly understanding. To what end, I ask? The registration of firearms in Canada has never been about improving public safety. It has always been about political correctness and the scapegoating of responsible citizens by political ideologues such as Allan Rock, Jean Chrétien, Jack Layton, Stephane Dion and now Michael Ignatieff.
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It is time we tear down the “House that Rock Built” and dismantle the long-gun registry once-and-for all! Bill C-391 will accomplish this. I urge all gun owners and NFA members to communicate their support for this bill to their Members of Parliament, as well as the Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan, and Prime Minister Steven Harper. We cannot depend on short-term amnesties to protect us. Those amnesties currently in effect exist solely due to the good offices of the Conservative Government. Ignatieff’s Liberals are already on record condemning the current amnesty and have made clear their intent to prosecute all gun owners who fail to comply with every aspect of the Firearms Act, even if their “criminal” actions are the result of a simple mistake or oversight. In closing I leave you with the story of retired RCMP Commissioner L.H. Nicholson and his personal experience with firearms registration. As reported in Outdoor Canada Back in the mid-1970s, when gun owners were fighting the sillier aspects of then justice minister Ron Basford’s gun control legislation, one of the principle speakers for common sense was the late Colonel Len Nicholson. Nicholson was the commissioner of the RCMP in the 1930s and at that time an advocate of registration of handguns. In the ‘70s, Nicholson spent much of his own time, money and effort traveling the country speaking out against registration of sporting arms. “Had I known in 1934 what I know today,” he said, “I would have had nothing to do with it. Mere registration has never solved a crime and only harasses the legitimate gun owner.” Nicholson warned gun clubs never to accept registration of their sporting rifles. “It is simply the thin edge of the wedge towards confiscation, and serves no legitimate useful purpose,” he said. Source: Outdoor Canada “REGISTER YOUR PROTEST – March 1994 Issue, Page 10.
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Letters to the Dear NFA, I have come across some .303 British ammunition via inheritance, and I don’t know much about old ammunition like this. From left to right in both images are 1) silver colored bullet with no paint on tip, markings on head are “1942 DAO” looks like two letters stamped on top of each other VII 2) silver colored bullet with pale green paint on tip, and markings on head are “K1941 QV” 3) copper colored bullet with red paint on tip, and markings on head are “DAO and what looks like two letters stamped on top of each other “VII 44” Can you tell me what the markings and tip colors mean? C.
I read the June/July 2009 Canadian Firearms Journal and was taken aback by the article “Killing You Softly”........... the ion cleanse is a well known scam....... I respect the NFA and it’s Management but I caution you and your credibility in promoting this article / practitioner ! I researched this process years ago when a friend of mine went for a ion cleanse, she was so impressed at the visible toxins (that were removed from her body) that she wanted to buy one...... a quick search of the net explained that the color/sludge that forms, is due entirely...... to electrode conversion. Attached is a link to one of many articles..... . http://www.devicewatch.org/ reports/aquadetox.shtml
The three cartridges shown are .303 British Military :
1942 DAQ VII ( the O is actually a Q with a broad arrow stamped on top) The markings indicate Manufactured in 1942 at Dominion Arsenal in Brownsburgh Quebec in 1942. The VII indicates mark seven ammunition suitable for aircraft use. K1941 QV Manufactured in 1941by Kynoch,Witton,Birmingham, U.K. Green tip indicates armour piercing bullet The QV Mark appears to indicate This cartridge is a proof load (Extremely high pressure load for testing a firearm) I would advise you NOT to fire this one as it may be unsafe to do so. DAQ 44 VII Manufactured in 1944 by Dominion Arsenal Brownsburgh Quebec. It is a tracer round suitable for Aircraft use. If you have an interest in identifying and collecting ammunition you might consider buying a copy of THE CARTRIDGE GUIDE by Ian V.Hogg from Stackpole Books isbn 0-8117-1048-3 AACR2.
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Katey Montague Growing Up Guns
Montague has spent the majority of her youth involved in the battle for
our gun rights.
Her entry into the fray was not like most of ours, however. For most of us, we entered this battle willingly, and with full knowledge of what was ahead. Not so for Katey. At age 12, her introduction to our battle was watching five large policemen arrest and drag her father out of the Dryden gun show, where he was in the middle of purchasing a saddle for her horse. The Ontario Provincial Police officers left her there. Alone and crying.
“Our rights come from God, not some stupid politician”, she says frankly. “They’re not God, and it’s up to all of us to make sure they are reminded of that fact.”
Katey was the pawn the OPP officers used to get Donna Montague, her mother, out of the family home. The officers who arrested Bruce Montague intentionally left the 12-yearold girl unattended in the gun show to ensure this.
Her grasp of her God-given rights and her intense determination to protect them has inspired people across Canada and the United States.
Since her twelfth birthday Katey Montague’s life has centered around gun rights. It wasn’t her choice, but she made a decision as a result of that traumatic event. She would fight back. When she was thirteen she made her first video on the Firearms Act. It was about the more obscene errors in the gun registry, including how they registered Brian Buckley’s soldering guns, and its first confirmed shooting victim, 15-year-old Martin Angnatok. Martin’s alleged killer, Abraham Zarpa, has never been brought to trial and most likely never will, despite the fact that everyone, including the police and Crown prosecutors, know exactly who murdered young Martin Angnatok. (http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=iJggEvIlsJ4) Katey has gone on to create dozens of videos which she publishes frequently to her own channel on YouTube, the popular video sharing site, http://www.youtube.com/ KateysFirearmsFacts. 14
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“Kate you’re an intelligent mature young adult, keep up the great work!” writes one viewer. Another writes: “I absolutely LOVE what your doing for Gun Laws in your country. Keep up the excellent work. As a Police Officer in Virginia, take it from me, you understand what the politicians never will.” Her videos cover a variety of topics, including the Ontario Provincial Government’s use of the controversial Proceeds of Crime Act to seize the Montague family home. “My dad had the audacity to challenge their stupid gun law”, she says in her video. “In retaliation they steal our home using legislation that they said would stop drug dealers and gangs.” A few of her videos deal with the murder of police officers across Canada. One of these profiles Laval Police Constable Valérie Gignac. She was murdered by a man who, despite an existing firearms prohibition order, still had
in his possession the very firearms listed in that prohibition order when he was arrested for Gignac’s murder. “If that’s not the most useless law on the books, I don’t know what is” Katey says in the video. She ends this particular video by asking, “How many more fine police officers like Valérie Gignac have to die before we start enforcing firearms prohibitions on violent criminals?”
While she speaks her mind openly and frequently online, at home in Dryden, Ontario it’s a different story. There she is very shy about her internet fame. She doesn’t talk much about it at school, and was embarrassed when friends first found her videos online.
It’s a good question, and one politicians from coast to coast so far refuse to answer.
“It’s (the videos) something I like to do, something I have a lot of fun with, but it’s a family thing. We’re all pretty passionate about our rights, about being self-reliant. School is different, and it’s just awkward seeing myself on the screen like that.”
Some of her other videos are of a more dramatic nature, and question what a woman should do when faced with an attacker. One such video, titled “Rape Prevention: Two Options”, has over 70,000 viewers alone.
University this fall is an exciting prospect for Katey. She has been accepted into three universities, but hasn’t made her choice just yet. Whichever institute of higher learning she chooses, that campus will be much richer for it.
To date her videos on Youtube have received over 950,000 views, and at the current viewing rate she will see her one millionth viewer sometime in September. That’s pretty amazing for a young woman, and a pretty powerful showing for the idea that one twelve-year-old girl had after coming face-to-face with the overwhelming power of the State.
She plans to study acting, and credits her Youtube videos and her theatre performances in many Dryden plays for inspiring her to get serious about acting as a career choice.
Katey Montague graduates high school this year, and will be off to college in the fall.
As for her immediate future? “I’m spending the summer working and hanging with my brothers before going to university in the fall. And keep an eye on my Youtube site... I’ve got lots more videos coming!” Keep up the great work Katey. There’s hope for Canada yet!
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by: Dr. Gary Mauser
Does Disarming Civilians Contribute to Political Stability?
frica drives the United Nations. Not Africans, mind you, just concern about Africans among the bien pensants. Groups like IANSA argue that the chaos and civil turmoil in Africa demonstrates that firearms must be controlled. By the UN. In this article I will first review recent developments at the UN that have the potential to disarm law-abiding civilians in countries that are stable and prosperous, and then I will examine the link between armed civilians and political instability that is used to justify international campaigns to demonize guns. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan exemplifies the UN when he argues that access to firearms “contributes to violence and political instability” which in turn damages “development prospects and imperils human security.” Ban Ki-moon has now replaced Kofi Annan as UN Secretary General but there has been no change in the UN’s approach to guns. Three programs in particular bear watching. UN Biennial Meeting on Small Arms - the Programme of Action on Small Arms
York. A variety of proposals to restrict civilian access to firearms will again be on the table for discussion. The World Forum will be active at the POA on behalf of civilian firearms owners around the world. As I’ve reported in previous issues of CFJ, every two years the “Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects” meets at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The POA last met in 2006; the next is scheduled in 2010. The World Forum will be there to defend the rights of civilian firearms owners. UN Firearms Protocol The UN disarmament think tank in Geneva, UNIDIR, has released a report on “post-manufacturing marking of firearms.” The government of Canada paid for this report. It should come as no surprise that the Foreign Affairs Department strongly supports UN initiatives to restrict civilian firearms ownership. Copies are available from UNIDIR, at http://www.unidir.org/bdd/ books_10.php?form_langue=%25. Arms Trade Treaty
(OEWG) will meet in New York, on July 14-18. The World Forum continues to monitor these meetings and will be making a public statement. Civilian Firearms Ownership and Political Instability UN disarmament initiatives can be considered to be utopian because their underlying assumptions are not grounded in reality. Consider the search for a “global, legally binding instrument” that will restrict civilian access to guns. Civilian disarmament relies upon the belief that eliminating guns will improve economic development. This is profoundly naïve. Not only does it turn a blind eye to the misuse of firearms by governments themselves, but also it presumes that increasingly restrictive legislation is the most effective way to solve basic social and economic problems. Nevertheless, many educated people share this mindset. Proving yet again Ronald Reagan’s famous aphorism, “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” The international campaign to demonize civilian firearm ownership is driven by a fundamental misunderstanding about Africa. This is illustrated by a Ghanaian example. When firearms are important enough, but difficult to obtain, people are
The UN Biennial Meeting of States on the Programme of Action (POA) is scheduled for next summer in New
Two regional meetings on the ATT have been held, one in Senegal and the latest in Mexico City, on June 18-19. The ATT Open Ended Working Group
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quite capable of making their own. Despite the ban of local gun production in Ghana, it is estimated that locals manufacture about 100,000 guns annually. The UN finds this troubling because some of these guns find their way into the hands of terrorists and criminals. The bulk of these guns are bought by local farmers who use them for hunting and for guarding their farms against pests. Unsurprisingly, many Ghanaians prefer locally manufactured guns that are durable as well as affordable. Despite recognizing the corruption and incompetence of many governments in Africa, the UN favors a complex licensing and registration scheme resembling the Canadian gun registry that has proved to be expensive and ineffective. The UN’s failure to grasp African realities is not limited to guns. A recent analysis by a Ghanaian economist, Dambisa Moyo, exposes the evils created by foreign aid, which she calls “Dead Aid.” She urges shifting the focus to economic development, since government is more of a problem than a solution. Does civilian firearms ownership contribute to political instability or does it provide a bulwark against political corruption and tyranny? Anecdotes abound. Certainly the founders of countries as diverse as Switzerland, the United States, and Israel have historically placed their faith in an armed citizenry. James Madison in the Federalist Papers argued that the United States had “the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation.” Republican theorists, such as Machiavelli, argue that the “citizen-warrior” is essential to a republic. Political theorist Robert E. Shalhope summarized this position, by saying, “To Machiavelli the economic independence of the citizen and his ability and willingness to become a warrior were the most dependable protections against corruption.” In our own times, we can see that Israel, no less than Switzerland, depends upon an armed populace for its continued existence. On the other hand, it is not hard to find countries where easy access to firearms menaces public safety and threatens
to destabilize government. Guns in the hands of warlords in the Ivory Coast or the Congo demonstrably reduce individual freedom and undermine efforts to construct stable societies. As well, arms shipments to terrorists in Gaza or Lebanon do not contribute to political stability, either within these countries or in Israel. A paper by David Kopel and two colleagues is now available (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_ id=1090441) that empirically examines the link between civilian firearms ownership and political instability in countries. What follows is a very brief review. In a very readable article, these authors, after analyzing the best available data, found three statistically significant relationships: [a] more guns = less corruption, [b] more guns = more economic freedom; and [c] more guns = more economic success. This study joins many others that refute the UN rationale for civilian disarmament. The relationship is not as simple as ideologues claim. It is still not clear what is the cause and what is effect: are guns a cause or a consequence of prosperity? Wherever the truth lies, the claim that more guns is associated with more instability found no support in this study.
Table 1: Firearms Ownership Quartiles Compared with Liberty Indices Quartile
Firearms Per 1,000 Population
Freedom in the World (1–7, lower is better)
1 2 3 4 Average 2–4
388 145 81 24 84
1.93 2.8 2.53 2.32 2.56
Corruption Perceptions Index (0 –10, higher is better) 7.09 4.35 4.75 4.31 4.47
Index of Economic Freedom (0 –100, higher is better) 69.79 63.59 62.57 63.03 63.06
source: Kopel, David B., Carlisle Moody & Howard Nemerov. Is there a Relationship between Guns and Freedom? Comparative Results from 59 Nations. TEXAS REVIEW OF LAW & POLITICS. Vol. 13, 2009. Available from SSRN, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1090441 www.nfa.ca
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Legal Corner The “Police Function” in Canada
he continued persecution of law-abiding firearms owners in this country has a long and sordid history. Allan Carlos, Dave Lind, Bruce and Donna Montague, John Rew, Jonathan Logan and Jeremy Swanson (see in-depth article later in this issue) are just a few of the thousands of men and women who have been caught in the trap of the Firearms Act.
“[T[he absence of firearms in the hands of the Public would increase the safety of a Patrolman’s work.”
None of these people deserved what they got. While it is true that Bruce Montague specifically and intentionally went out to get charged under the Firearms Act, what he wanted and what he got were two vastly different things. (He was never charged under the FA, and they seized his home under Ontario’s “Proceeds of Crime” legislation.) The current mind-set of our politicians and law-enforcement brass stems from a document issued in 1978 by Justice Minister Ron Basford to Solicitor General Jean-Jacques Blais. The document, “The Police Function in Canada as a Control and Enforcement Agency” outlined the rationale and methodology for disarming the Canadian public. (You can download a copy of the document from http://www.diarmani.com). Prior to the passage of Bill C-51, the administration’s opinion was two-fold: That in the face of mass civil disobedience the use of force had limited capabilities, and That in the face of mass civil disobedience the display of available force would not have credibility. Why not? Well, if the population is armed as well as police forces when those forces decide to show this “display of available force”, we good Citizens would scoff at them and tell them to pound sand.
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This “police function” is also the source of what today is lovingly referred to as “Officer Safety”... that little catch-phrase we hear every time there is an incident involving a civilian being shot or tazered or otherwise incapacitated by police officers.
The majority of the document deals with how Police will deal with gun owners, gun businesses and shooting clubs, and, in the case of amnesties, how the government will circumvent the amnesty and charge individuals if any firearm turned in under an amnesty was later found to have been used in a crime of any kind. At a minimum, a search warrant and firearms prohibition order would be sought. Should anything arise out of such fishing expeditions, charges would be pursued immediately. It is Part 5 of this letter, however, that is the most frightening. The second paragraph, which outlines an example of when to seize a firearm from a civilian, ends chillingly this way: “The foregoing is an example and personnel are invited to use ingenuity in this regard.” Such examples of “ingenuity” might include sending CPIP notices nation-wide in the hopes that some police officer will stop Dave and Amanda Lind as they moved their family from Ontario to Alberta. That “ingenuity” led to Dave Lind being arrested and charged for improper storage of firearms, despite the fact that he was NOT in violation of the law, and had all the paperwork required by law to own every firearm in his possession.
In the voir dir before his scheduled trial, the judge threw out the case because the actions of the police were so reprehensible. To quote the learned Judge G.B. Shaner: “Section 117.02 in the Criminal Code requires exigent circumstances to be prevailing and, of course, when the search in this case was done, any argument based on exigent circumstances is hollow since the police had already seized the vehicle and transported it to the detachment and had the defendant and his family in a position where the vehicle could not be removed therefore exigent circumstances did not exist.” “In summary, I find that a very serious violation of the accused’s Charter of Rights under section 8 has occurred and that section 24(2) of the Charter must come into play to ensure the good repute of the administration of justice and the evidence must be and is hereby excluded pursuant to section 24(2). 1 cannot and do not find that the police acted in good faith in this particular case nor that they truly felt a potentially dangerous situation existed. Neither do I find the police acted reasonably in this case by searching for registration documents on the motor vehicle but, instead, used that particular concept to perform an illegal search. The defendant, throughout, had protested the ongoing seizure and search and offered authorization papers for possession of the firearms and the operation of the bus.” Dave Lind tried to sue the police for their violation of his Constitutional Rights. He had been charged with a crime, so his case went nowhere. Naturally. Such “ingenuity” might include the case of Ontario’s Jonathan Login, who was strip-searched in his front yard in full view of his family and neighbors. To quote the judgment in his case: “Moments after arriving home, he was face down in his driveway and handcuffed. An automatic weapon was trained on him. A shotgun was pointed at him, then at his wife and children who were standing in the yard of their residence. He was frisked, arrested for a criminal offence he was never charged with and then strip-searched against the trunk of a cruiser, all while passersby and neighbours watched.” Mr. Login was finally charged with careless storage of a firearm, the favourite “catch-all” charge of police forces across the nation, especially if they’ve violated the rights of the gun owner in question. You see, it is very difficult to win a civil lawsuit for damages against a police force once you have been charged with a crime.
“The legality and constitutional validity of the search of the Accused’s residence, and particularly, the consent of the Accused to this search is challenged in this main application. The Accused seeks to have all evidence of this search excluded from consideration by this court.” The over-reaction of the police officers involved in this case and their callous disregard for the rights of Mr. Logan caused the judge to conclude: “All evidence, direct, indirect, real or otherwise obtained following the arrest of the Accused was obtained in breach of the Accused’s rights under the Charter. The admission of such evidence would bring the administration of justice into disrepute and is in its totality excluded.” A very small consolation for a three-year legal ordeal that began with his strip-search in front of his neighbors. The officers who so grossly violated Mr. Login’s rights have never been held accountable for their actions. Such “ingenuity” might include Constable Wayne Gork’s zealous persecution of Yukon miner Allan Carlos. Sure, Mr. Carlos had a bad attitude. So what? Does that give police the right to destroy a man’s life and livelihood? Apparently the answer to that in “Yulonslavia”, as writer Jane Gaffin refers to the Yukon Territory, is a resounding YES! You see, Constable Gork didn’t like Mr. Carlos. Nobody knows why, and really, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is the incredible lengths Constable Gork was willing to go through in order to find some crime (real or imagined) so he could charge Mr. Carlos. If you’re curious to read about the entire disgusting saga that is the Allan Carlos case, you can read all about it in “Justice Served Up Yukonslavia-Style - The Shameful Conspiracy Behind the Allen Carlos Trilogy”, the book Jane Gaffin wrote about it, which is available on CD and can be ordered by calling Mac’s Fireweed Books, Whitehorse, at their toll-free number: 1-800-661-0508. Such “ingenuity” might include the case of Alberta’s John Rew, whose firearms license had expired. To quote the official police version of events: “On Monday, April 16th, 2007, at 04:45hrs Drumheller RCMP with the assistance of the RCMP Emergency Response Team from Calgary, Alberta executed a Warrant to Search at a rural property south of the Hamlet of Craigmyle, Alberta, after conducting an investigation involving firearms offences. The
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Emergency Response Team made entry into a garage on the property taking one male into custody without incident.”
Lastly, such “ingenuity” might include placing Bruce Montague into a jail cell and threatening to take a bulldozer to the beautiful log home he built with his own hands if he refused to tell the police where his guns were.
An email sent to National Post columnist George Jonas describes it somewhat differently than the official police version: “Last Monday, April 16th, 4 a.m., near the hamlet of Craigmyle, Alberta, just southwest of Hanna, John Rew, age 50, was awakened to the sound of a SWAT smoke grenade smashing through his bedroom window,” wrote my correspondent. “He was thrown face down on the floor and handcuffed instantly afterward, as a second smoke grenade exploded through his TV stand in the living room, burning a hole in the floor. “The Drumheller RCMP, Calgary SWAT, and Red Deer SWAT had come for all his firearms, in particular his registered prohibited and restricted firearms, all legally registered to him. “Without incident” clearly depends on which end of the stun grenade you’re located. And does it really take three SWAT teams for one expired firearms license? Couldn’t they have just called him on the phone? “Hey Mr. Rew, are you aware that your firearms license is about to expire? Have you applied to renew it yet?”
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The official version is different, of course. It always is. I am left asking myself the same question each and every time I read about each of these cases and the dozens of others just like them that cross my desk each year: Why are Canada’s most law-abiding citizens, who in generations past could be counted on to stand by the police come what may, being prosecuted to the full extent of the law, while gang criminals with extensive violent criminal records are being utterly ignored? Why have Canada’s most law-abiding citizens become the “enemy of the state”? The government insists that is not the case. Naturally.
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by David Chappelle
Why wasn’t school like this when you were young?
he Quluag School in Clyde River, Nunavut has a remarkable program -- so amazing that if were offered across Canada, plenty of adults might be tempted to whine, beg, plead, and cajole their ways back to high school. What’s so marvelous that it could force adults to bury their memories associated with awkward adolescence, bad hair days, and algebra exams? Hunting and fishing are part of the curriculum. Students can hunt for seals, rabbits, or ptarmigan. Or they can fish. Each day a different grade goes out on the ice. The teachers can go with them. Or not. Hmm... hunting and fishing, with teachers optional. Sounds like a dream school. “One of our mandates is to have culturally realistic goals set for student’s achievements,” said Jukeepa Hainnu, principal of Quluaq School.
From left, Ruthie, Albert and school principal Jukeepa Hainnu pose outside Quluaq School in Clyde River Nunavut with the skin of a student-hunted seal.
“There are aspects of every day life for children living in the small communities. They have to learn how to live on the land, because they will live here all their lives – if they don’t move.”
who go out on the land with them. They learn independence and resilience -- even if they don’t catch something.”
Part of that is hunting and fishing. “Inuit knowledge outlines we have to teach our children the land skills. To teach the program we also have to teach sharing.” The program is a result of Ms. Hainnu’s ongoing discussion with community elders. “I do a lot of consultations with elders on child rearing and how to better teach our youth,” she says. “We learn by watching and doing. For example, a three-year-old learns to talk by imitating others. In a similar way we have to show our kids how to be out on the land -- by watching others www.nfa.ca
Too often youth don’t have resilience today. “The hunting program teaches them, and gives them hope they can become independent. The skills don’t have to be learned first, before they start thinking about themselves.” When students return from the hunt, they take the game into the school kitchen. Elder ladies plant themselves in the kitchen for the month. They teach sealskin and meat preparation. They cook it and invite other elders in for the feast. “We have to teach them how to prepare and share the food and to service others,” Ms. Hainnu said.
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“In this program the mission was service. The pride shown in giving to others -- without receiving payment -- was invaluable. You could see it on the student’s faces – the confidence and pride they received from feeding the elders. You can sense the accomplishment that they realized. When I watched them preparing the meals, the pride in servicing others was obvious.” The program also supports people who are in need of food. Students who catch the seal can take half home. The other half goes to the school, which gives it to a family in need of food. That helps create independence within the community. “In an academic sense we get marks and grade percentages,” said Ms. Hainnu. “In this program they sense their success through being able to give to the elders. You don’t have to tell them they’ve succeeded -- they could sense it on their own.” Students cleaned the sealskins to make into useful items, like mitts. “It teaches them about providing for their families,” said Ms. Hainnu. “It probably doesn’t click to them that they are being prepared to help their family group. When they are older they’ll be capable of becoming independent.” The program has been going for about five years. Hunting, fishing, net making, sewing, and sealskin cleaning are included in the training.
“We learn things, so we revise and adapt. Sometimes we change a little bit. One thing we incorporated is fishnet making. On a blizzard day when they can’t go out, they’ll make nets. That lets them learn how to be resourceful.” Land skills comprise one portion of what is taught. Students are also trained in other educational aspects, as if they were in a southern environment. Except that they’re not. “Realistically we’re in a very cold climate, and we have to teach them how to survive in the cold. It often reaches minus 50 degrees Celcius.” The only clothing that is truly warm enough is made from seal and caribou skin. Store-bought is not as warm as locally made clothing. Store-bought soaks through and you begin to freeze immediately. A seal lives in the water, so sealskin is waterproof. “Right now [early June] we have 24-hour sunshine,” said Ms Hainnu. “Probably lots of boys are using the skills they learned through our program to help bring in food for their families and their communities.” When hunting, students wait for the seal to appear at one of three or four holes. Several students are stationed around each hole. The seal has no choice but to come up for air. When it does, the students are waiting to shoot it. Most of the rifles used are .223 caliber. Two girls got their first seals this year. The school and members of the community celebrated the first catch. The school closes end of May, because that’s when most families are going out on the land. They’re gone for months. Tracking some students down is difficult. On the last day of school, we managed to speak with two. It was Ruthie Mingeriak’s first time hunting. It wasn’t the first time she’d fired a gun, but nobody had ever taken her target practicing. And it was her first time killing a seal.
Ruthie relaxes with family and friends at a community fishing derby and picnic on the sea ice in celebration of the end of the school year. were on the flowage – there’s open water with seals and other animals in there. Usually flowage is in spring. We can hunt all year long. It’s easier during the winter... you have to wait until the seal breathes.” When complimented on her hunting prowess, and that most hunters would be amazed to learn she got a seal on her first try, Ruthie replied, “Me too”. She’d been hunting before with family, but had only followed. “Girls don’t usually go hunting,” Ruthie said. “They stay here and sew. I guess it was special for the girls to go hunting with guys. It was good.” Would she go again? “I’d like to go with the students. This is my last year of school, so I don’t know. I’m not sure if I’ll be going with students again. I’d go with friends and family.” On this hunting excursion she had a bit of “coaching”. “My sister was with me and she told me to shoot when it got up for air.”
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When asked about her favorite part of the hunt, Ruthie replied, “When I shot it I was happy.”
I’ve a confession to make.
Were there any parts of hunting she didn’t like?
When Michelle Jean was appointed Governor General of Canada, I made a snap judgment.
“None. I loved it. It was fun.” It’s Albert Panipak’s last year at school --- provided he passes his exams. On weekends he goes hunting, from one to three times a month. He started when he was 13; he’s 17 now. “Close to spring is the best time,” he said. “It’s not that cold. It’s fun in summer... we go by boat. There’s still ice, but no breathing holes. The seals are on the ice when it’s sunny out.” He goes hunting with the school and his grandfather. Albert likes that he’ll be able to teach his children and grandchildren about hunting. What does he like best about hunting? “I get to be with my grandfather. And catching the seal.” The only part he doesn’t like is when the weather gets really cold, in the winter. “The women clean it, but we harvest it or butcher it. We get the meat from the seal, not the gut. And the skin.” Albert uses a .30-30 Winchester. “We stand next to the breathing hole. It’s pretty easy to hit a seal standing next to a breathing hole. But sometimes you miss.” Many thanks to teacher Deborah Tobin for providing background information, arranging interviews, and granting us permission to use her photos. Albert (left) and Ruthie display a student-hunted seal skin in front of the carving of an Inuit hunter in Quluaq School, Clyde River, Nunavut.
Immediately I concluded – in typical human fashion (without any facts) – that her appointment was strictly political, and that she was awarded the position only because she was not white and not male. Turns out I was wrong. And I offer Ms. Jean my apology. A source of vitamins and nutrients, seal flesh has sustained the Inuit for centuries. Recently our governor general caused a tiny international stir when she consumed a raw seal heart during an Inuit ceremony. Well, pride may be a sin, but I’m human, and when she did that I was proud to be Canadian... for two reasons: 1. We had a non-white leader many years ahead of our southern neighbors. 2. She didn’t fold when a handful of city-ots tried to smother her under the wet blanket of political correctness. She stood up for the traditional practices of an ancient culture. And she did so with class. “The heart is a delicacy,” Ms. Jean said. “It is the best you can offer to your guest. It is the best that is offered to the elders. It would have been an insult and it’s not in my nature to stay at a distance and not participate. “This activity is part of the way of life of thousands of people in our country... in the North... in the Arctic... in the East... also in coastal regions. It is part of their way of life. It is part of their economy. It is done in a sustainable way... a very respectful way. And I respect that. People have to accept the diversity of realities.” Way to go, Ms. Jean.
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by Christopher di Armani
The Heinous Case of
Jeremy Swanson world wars-after personally firing them at a legitimate shooting range. I have made visits to arms vaults in South Africa and the USA.” “This was undertaken with approval and support of the Canadian War Museum and I was accompanied by an OPP officer at the time of the firing evaluations and who assisted me in the evaluation.”
eremy Swanson was born in South Africa. He was a member of the South African Military, and was in both active service as well as the militia and reserves. His training and service in the anti-aircraft artillery regiment began in 1972 and lasted until he emigrated to Canada in 1987. On April 26, 1985 he married Susan Scott and began what can only be described as a happy and normal marriage. In 1985, due to the political unrest prevalent at the time, Jeremy taught his wife how to fire a carbine to help defend her family. “She was not afraid of the firearms then, and accepted our possession of them as part of living in South Africa.” Jeremy considers himself a student of history, in general, and of firearms and ballistics in particular. “As such I consider myself as an expert on the history of warfare and the armaments of war. It has been an interest I have followed since I was very young and all based on the history I learned from my Father and Grandfathers.” “Part of my interest has been the firing and evaluation of antique military firearms. I have undertaken and written a comparison and evaluation report on Canadian Army Rifles of the 1st and 2nd World Wars and a German-made bolt action rifle of the Boer War as well as both 24
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He emigrated to Canada with his wife Susan and daughter Kirsten early in 1987. The emigration process took eighteen months, during which time his background and qualifications were thoroughly checked out. This included fingerprinting and an Interpol check. His wife and daughter were already Canadian citizens. The Swanson family landed in Montreal in October of 1987, and moved to Ottawa in February 1988. In 1989 they bought their first home, and in 1990 their son Andrew Swanson was born. In 1992 Jeremy joined the Canadian War Museum as a civil servant and began what was to become a very successful career there. Their youngest daughter Heather was born in 1995. The family thrived, and by 1999 both Jeremy and Susan’s careers were enjoying great success. Susan was running her own business, Brain Injury Management (later renamed Swanson and Associates) which had been started and supported by both spouses. Jeremy enjoyed a high profile and highly successful career at the Canadian Museum of Civilization War Museum. He was well known in both radio and television, as well as in the diplomatic, veteran, and government circles. In 1994 and 1997 he received the Corporation’s Top Employee Award (1st out of 640 employees). In 1996 he was recommended for the Order of Canada. By 1999 the stress of his job he began a period of sick leave from his job due to physical and emotional burnout. In the fall of 2000 the Swansons bought their “dream home” and moved into it in November of that year. On December 14, 2000 Jeremy left for a trip to Cape Town, South Africa. His wife Susan encouraged him to take the trip in the hopes it would help Jeremy recover from the stress and burnout of his job. His trip was scheduled for six weeks, and during that time he and
Jeremy worked hard at mediation to salvage his marriage. Unfortunately, his wife Susan had made up her mind. She wanted no part of reconciliation or mediation. Her decision was clear. She wanted a divorce. “There was not and never has been any domestic violence scenario, nor has my wife ever alleged there was. There was no alcohol or drug abuse, nor was there any infidelity.” He was subjected to the standard “legally-advised rhetoric” of being “controlling and emotionally abusive” in the documents filed in court. Despite that, no restraining order was issued. April of 2001 is where things began to get really ugly for Jeremy Swanson. Without ever having examined Mr. Swanson, Dr. Maggie Mamen, the psychiatrist for his children and a personal friend of Susan Swanson’s, recommended that Jeremy’s firearms be removed from the family home because she “feared a murder-suicide”.
Susan talked frequently on the telephone. The relationship between the couple appeared normal throughout his trip, with no hint of what was to come.
Jeremy Swanson underwent tests with his own psychologist as a result. Despite the lasting shock and pain experienced as a result of the separation from his family, Jeremy showed no signs of mental disorder, or imbalance or paranoia. This finding was formally included in a report.
It didn’t matter. The Firearms Act is very clear when a spouse “feels threatened” and makes no allowances for When he left his home for what would be the last time, his facts to the contrary. Jeremy learned later through court firearms were cleaned, trigger-locked and stored in a CSAdocuments that Susan approved firearms safe. All ammunition was Swanson called the stored separately and locked up, as per the police in April 2001 relevant storage regulations of the day. Both and showed officers “[T]he blinkered ideologues who sets of keys to the safe were left in the family through the home, punish responsible gun users for home, and to which his wife Susan had sole displaying where the sins of criminals; police who access. various items were automatically privilege the idle or “stashed”. In what can only be described as the ultimate fabricated concerns of disaffected “Dear John” letter, Jeremy learned of the women over men’s property and Bear in mind, all separation and divorce proceedings instituted civil rights; and governments who Jeremy Swanson’s against him while in South Africa. Susan’s continue to throw good money after firearms were stored lawyers sent him the divorce papers by in a metal safe as per bad in perpetuating an institution email. Advised in the lawyer’s email “not to current law, and the that fails utterly to deter gun come home” or Susan would call the police, safe was secured with crime, but succeeds magnificently Jeremy was advised that all the locks and an alarm when he left alarm codes had been changed. in stigmatizing an identifiable for South Africa in minority of law-abiding citizens December 2000. In The shock of being over 9,000 miles away as criminals in April when the police from home when he received this news waiting.” went through his home rocked Jeremy to his core. He thought to remove them at his everything had been fine when he left home. wife’s request, things He didn’t realize at the time that he was -Barbara Kay were quite different. being set up by his wife and her lawyer. Upon arriving back in Canada, Jeremy had to find a place to live. He’s never seen the home he worked so hard for since.
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in various rooms of the house “for obvious effect” Jeremy relates. The police seized his small firearms collection, and called in the bomb squad to remove two inert grenades and a bag of empty shell casings they incorrectly identified as explosives.
folding camp shovel, my presentation Ghurkha knife and many other items confiscated by the police in the ‘raid’ on my home. They’re in the property room of the Ottawa Police Service. To this day, despite court orders to do so, I cannot get the Ottawa Police to return my property.”
In January of 2002 Jeremy Swanson returned to his job at the Canadian War Museum, only to be told that he had been “dismissed”. In addition to his ongoing divorce and custody battle, Jeremy was now embroiled in a wrongful dismissal suit. This suit was ultimately resolved in February 2003 after a thirteen month battle, where Jeremy received a settlement for personal damages. The amount of that settlement is confidential.
As for his children, Jeremy Swanson has not seen them in almost eight years. During the custody hearing the judge imposed contact provisions that were ultimately unacceptable to Jeremy Swanson.
“Susan created a negative impression of me that was entirely lacking in truth. This has devastated me, ruined my career prospects and destroyed any hope of renewing my former career.” In November 2003 Jeremy’s lawyer attended a judicial pre-trial regarding the seizure of his firearms collection and other personal belongings. How there can be a “pretrial” when there are no charges pending against him is something Jeremy Swanson does not understand to this day.
“To this very day I have not ever been interviewed or even met any of the police officers involved. Nor have I broken the law, been arrested or charged with any crime of any sort whatsoever. Yet I have lost my children, my home, my property and have been reduced to continued abject poverty and deprivation.” -- Jeremy Swanson
Police officers who have never met him, let alone interviewed him, sided with his wife. Psychologists who have never so much as said hello to him have “concluded” that he is a danger to others. Armed with that “diagnosis”, the police have stonewalled Jeremy at every opportunity, and continue to do so to this day. “I have never been charged with a crime. I have never been questions by police in respect to any crime. I have never been arrested or investigated by any police force anywhere in the world, yet my life has been destroyed.”
“I was never arrested, I was never charged with any crime, and I was never ever even interviewed by the police!”
Unknown to him at the time of his separation, his wife Susan was undergoing psychological treatment and care, and was on a drug regime.
On December 21, 2004 he lost custody of his children, and was ordered to sign over his equity in the family home to his wife.
“She did exhibit strange behaviour however and I was only able to realize this in retrospect.”
In December 2004 he was offered $10,000 to “disappear”, on the condition he waived his right to any proceeds of the family home and of the couple’s belongings. Understandably, he refused. In January 2005 the judge ruled against Jeremy in the divorce proceedings and awarded everything the couple owned to his wife. He lost his home and all equity in it. He has no idea where most of his former possessions are. “I suspect they are in the dump - including all my family heirlooms.” Ironically, he knows exactly where his firearms are. “My firearms are as well as many other items like my camping axe, machete, my late Father’s pen knife, my 26
Jeremy is justifiably frustrated at the ordeal he’s been through. His life turned irrevocably with an email in 2001. Since then it’s been court battle after court battle where everyone is stacked against him.
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While he has never been allowed to see or inspect the items taken from his home, Jeremy Swanson finds it interesting that “three Ottawa Police Officers were disciplined and fired in the three year period after the seizure of my property, all of them for stealing items from the Ottawa Police Arms Vault.” From the time he left the country in December 1999 until the police seized his firearms collection, nothing in Jeremy Swanson had changed. He had agreed to every condition given to him in an email from his wife’s lawyer, delivered while he visited family over 9,000 miles away from Ottawa. “I’ve lost everything: My family, my property, the home equity and any hope of financial stability or stable career. Justice has been completely denied me. Fairness and truth have similarly eluded me. I have been destroyed by the
State and legal system. ” On February 26, 2009 Jeremy Swanson finally got back some of the property seized by the Ottawa Police back in 2001. Among the items returned are the following: a shoulder holster that does not belong to him, a broken BB gun, a bandolier from Okinawa in 1945 that was given to him by an American friend, a telescopic sight, a machete, a hunting knife, leather cartridge holders and a trigger lock.
The request from Jeremy’s lawyer to the Ottawa Police, attempting to discover exactly what the Ottawa Police Service seized from Jeremy’s home. No such inventory has ever been provided.
Jeremy’s firearms collection comprises the following: 1 - Swedish Mauser/Husquvarna 6.5 X 55 caliber M38 1943 vintage bolt action rifle no 670590 1 - No 3 Mk 2 P-14 Springfield mark 22 .303 1940’s vintage bolt action rifle no ERA 92271
“No-one in government, at the firearms movements, the media or the legal fraternity in Ottawa will help me. And tonight I have to sleep on top of 6 boxes of my own property because I have no place to store them either. This is the final and most outrageous indignity delivered by my adopted country on a lawabiding once proud citizen- to sleep on top of my own property taken from my own home without my permission, my knowledge, a warrant or even a reason.”
1 - Rossi 1894 Winchester- copy lever action carbine .38 special caliber no K 0 27629 1 - No 3 Lee-Enfield BSA-manufactured .303 rifle (Royal Siamese Armoury-1922 vintage no. 8227 www.nfa.ca
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story comes the realization that the moment they ‘attended’ my home, I lost my children, my house, the equity in it, the RRSP’s, the furniture, all my heirlooms (some going back to the 1680’s) and property, my clothes, my books, my CD’s, every cent and item of value that was once mine, everything which I loved was effectively lost to me on that day. Along the way that would eventually include my career, my status and social standing, my dignity, my health and everything else that once held me up as a model citizen, good father, husband and friend to many. With this too I now face the social ‘coup de grace’ this being my flawless, positive, productive and completely crime-free record of citizenship. The life of a once good man. Ruined forever by people with too much power, too little to do and far too much time to reflect on the fact.“ “I want my case to stand as a prime example of what has been happening to husbands and fathers all over Canada, every day, because of the biased and discriminatory Family Law system. With assumed guilt from the point of separation, fathers spend years attempting to prove their innocence and their right to co-parent their children. Some never make it. “ Jeremy Swanson has never been arrested. Jeremy Swanson has never been charged with any crime. Jeremy Swanson has lost everything. It all began with one person making an unsubstantiated claim against him. The police took it from there. Jeremy Swanson could be you tomorrow, if you’re not very very careful.
What Jeremy Wants I am in defence of my reputation and character and good social standing and wish to be completely exonerated. I want all my property returned I want the CPIC record wiped clean and returned to its original status. This goes for all police records on the incident as well. I want my firearms checked and accounted for and retained for storage at the police vault until I am ready to collect them. I will not accept destruction of my firearms or any of my property. I want to inspect all of my other property and then have all that I cannot store safely be returned in the care and custody of my military friend.
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I want an apology from the police - especially from the Chief of Police for the horrors he has put me through. I want the judge to issue leave to sue the Crown and the Police for punitive damages for their heinous actions in this case. I want the police and others involved to face censure for their actions. I want costs to be awarded to me and my lawyer.
irearms Rights are the canary in the coal mine; whose death warns the miners they must act now to save themselves or likewise perish. “Gun control” laws are killing our firearms Rights. While the loss of our firearms Rights might not presage the immediate loss of our lives, (the documentary “Innocents Betrayed” by JPFO shows where we will ultimately end up) we must consider the motivation, and the source of that motivation, for disarming civilians. That is what “gun control” is: civilian disarmament. “Gun control” is sold as a public safety issue. Always and without exception. Funny thing is, more “gun control” always leads to more violent crime. Always and without exception. The websites GaryMauser.net, JohnLott.org and DaveKopel.com contain a host of well-researched articles that reveal the truth of this statement. If “public safety” is a straw man, then what is the real purpose of “gun control”? Historical documents generally recommend “gun control” as a means of preventing or at least stacking the deck against civil disorder, rebellion or all-out revolution. In this context, “gun control” is a safety measure for politicians who does not have the best interests of their citizens foremost in their minds; and in particular for police forces who prefer a weak and compliant population. It’s not about Guns. It’s about Control. The only time a politician or a cop supports “gun control” is when they already have an “us versus them” attitude. Whether this attitude derives from corruption or naiveté is irrelevant. The end result is the same. We cannot cut these people any slack just because we can’t prove their motives. There is plenty of evidence that corruption plays a part. The companies that supply www.nfa.ca
computer systems for the gun registry and Tasers to the RCMP greeters at YVR are just two of those “donating” substantial amounts of cash to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). The CACP then passes on some of this “slush money” to help fund the Coalition for Gun Control (CGC). Various government departments also provide grant money to the CGC for gun control related projects. One could be forgiven for believing the “coalition” in Coalition for Gun Control is primarily one of authoritarian-minded segments of government. We must not be seduced by the feminine presentation of gun control. Like a sailor on shore leave, we must peer beyond the silks and perfume to see the storm trooper standing before us. The argument that dismantling the “gun registry” (whatever happened to dismantling the Firearms Act Mr. Harper?) will put hundreds of good men and women out of a job is misleading. Since when were our Rights subject to the employment of those who daily work to deprive us of them? To quote a leading philosopher from popular culture, “Stupid is as stupid does”. Should we willingly submit to being “clients” of the Ministry of Pick-Pockets and Peeping Toms? Pierre Lemieux stands tall and yells “NO!” as loud as he can. Tossing the Firearms Act in the dustbin would provide thousands of jobs in gun stores and at private ranges; these “firearms-wise” bureaucrats could step into these newly created jobs and do something worthwhile for our country. The pension wouldn’t be as fat, however, and the coffee breaks would be shorter, but they’d finally be doing something productive for society.
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By: Gary Kangas
Canada’s Firearms Heritage
anada’s Firearms Heritage is eternally in jeopardy! Politicians and bureaucrats both at the National and Provincial level seem unable to separate the legal, licensed owners of firearms from gangsters and drug dealers. The media quotes are based on gun crime where they should be discussing gang crime. One high-profile Liberal Member of Parliament made a statement that Canada was superior due to the fact that it had no Second Amendment guaranteeing ownership of firearms. Another high-profile Liberal Member of Parliament stated that he opposed the registry and then was one of the proponents of capping the registry budget at fifty million dollars annually. He then goes on to say that if doing away with the registry endangers the police he will vote for its retention.
Gary & Sybil Kangas have produced Wild West shows, videos and stage productions. Their writing has been published in: Trails End Magazine, Guns & Ammo and the Cowboy Chronicle plus various newspapers and journals. They are international competitors in Cowboy Action Shooting, life members of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and long time members of the National Firearms Association.
What a stellar strategy! Spend more money on persecuting legal owners which assuredly endangers police by reducing their budgets. Fifty million a year buys a great deal of police expertise and manpower to fight gang violence. The bureaucrats in B.C. are not any better. Their new crime fighting strategy will focus on the film industry and legal firearms businesses plus strict controls on the sale of body armour. Brilliant, while the gangsters and drug dealers grow more powerful, the bureaucrats and politicians will allocate more valuable police resources to persecuting licensed, legal firearms owners (and allow the drug trade to flourish). Canada’s firearms heritage dates back to 1534. Until the 1980’s concealed carry permits were available. Bank employees were empowered to carry firearms, individuals in outdoor occupations carried handguns. Many businesses such as pharmacies routinely kept firearms. These honest law abiding folk were not responsible for any criminal activity yet various governments have chosen to focus their efforts on the foregoing rather than criminals. The dedicated collectors, recreational firearms users and competitors are not involved in the illicit firearms or drug trade yet they are the beneficiaries of all the irrational Legislation that is written by those who do not own firearms for regimes that do not want anyone to own firearms! Write your Member of Parliament and your MLA. Voice your concerns. Repeat.
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by Kim Page
hen I created Packing In Pink, one of my goals was to create an environment where women would be able to learn how to shoot and not feel intimidated. An environment where they didn’t require a man show them how to shoot. Please don’t take that negatively, but there are many women out there that are uncomfortable having men teach them how to do something, especially in a male dominated sport like ours. With the help of Target Sports Canada and The Grange, “Ladies Night” was created. All I needed to make it a success was for women to show up. Word of mouth has always been one of the strongest ways to advertise, so I set out to ask my friends for help. New to Packing in Pink is Samantha Melo, who has the same goals and aspirations as I for the company. She is helping Packing In Pink grow, as well as assisting with Ladies Night as a Range Officer. One Sunday evening a month we host our “Packing in Pink Ladies Night”. This night is all about encouraging women to become involved in shooting sports. Our fees include use of the range, eye and ear protection, safety and firearms handling instruction, and 20 rounds for every pistol we have on the line, and 5 rounds for the rifles. We also supply pizza, drinks and a loot bag for all the women who attend, which gives us all a chance to talk and forge new friendships. The groups of women that have come out so far is very diverse. Some have husbands or boyfriends that own firearms, so they want to become more comfortable with them. Some have a desire to learn how to shoot, and some just come along to hang out with their friends. There is one constant though. All of these amazing women leave with a little more confidence, asking when the next Ladies Night is being held. With our pilot project at Target Sports Canada being such a success, our next goal is to start a “Packing in Pink Ladies Night” at other ranges in our area, and expand from there. We encourage all women to visit our website and join our PIP club. Our clothing line and accessories will appeal to everyone, not just shooters. Check us out at: www. packinginpink.com If you would like to start a “Packing in Pink Ladies Night” at your club, please contact me at email@example.com or Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get more ladies involved in this great sport! www.nfa.ca
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by Bruce Gold
Gang Control thru Gun Control: Criminal Intelligence Service Canada Reports
riminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC), founded in 1970, has over 380 member agencies. It supports the production and exchange of criminal intelligence within the Canadian law enforcement community. Its Central Bureau operates under the stewardship of the RCMP as part of its Policing Support Services. CISC’s governing body, the National Executive Committee, is chaired by the Commissioner of the RCMP. This article examines their annual reports from 2004 to 2008 to learn what the RCMP criminal intelligence unit has to say about gangs, guns and gun control.
Gangs The reports highlight a number of critically important facts about organized crime in Canada (gangs by definition are part of organized crime). The first understanding is that guns are inseparable from organized crime. The reports note that “All organized crime groups are involved in illicit firearm activities in some manner and individual gang members often possess numerous firearms of various types. “ (2004 pg 2) It is important to understand that criminals do not possess guns casually or indiscriminately. CISC has established that “Firearms, particularly semi-automatic handguns, are used by criminals for their protection, enhancement of their status and the commission of crimes including intimidation, assaults and homicides (2005 pg 7).” In short criminals possess firearms as a necessary part of their criminal activities and an indispensable tool of their trade. Accordingly, any effort to prevent criminals and organized crime elements from possessing or obtaining guns is a threat to their activities and will be resisted accordingly.
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Street gangs, which have been in Canada for at least a century, began to expand in the 1980’s and are now strongly associated with the immensely profitable drug trade. CISC report that “increasingly street gang members are being encountered with illicit firearms, particularly semi-automatic handguns. Street gang members usually have a much higher propensity than more established crime groups to readily resort to firearms-related violence in both criminal related activities and in their daily personal interactions”. (2005 pg 19) The problem of organized criminal violence, especially by gangs, is concentrated in urban areas. The 2006 report identified 300 street gangs in Canada with and estimated 11,000 gang members. (2006 pg 22) Violence and intimidation are an important part of gang activity because they are necessary for contract enforcement and dispute resolution. Existing criminal arbitrators have little authority, usually based on their ability to engage in violence or withhold vital services. Gangs often use violence to intimidate law enforcement, judicial officials and witnesses. They also use violence to attack rivals for territory or commercial gain. These disputes erupt into periods of public violence as gangs fight their turf and drug wars on city streets. CISC reports that “many organized crime groups have the capacity to move commodities both into and out of Canada, whether through any of the land, air and marine border areas, is reflective of their level of sophistication.”(2005 pg1) This illegal firearms trade involves both individuals and organized criminal groups. The illegal drug trade is the major reason for the illegal trade in firearms because there are both huge profits and intense competition between groups and individuals.
Guns CISC has found that the majority of firearms acquired for illegal purposes are from domestic thefts or smuggled from the United States. However, they admit that there is “no known methodology to accurately estimate the overall illicit firearms market in Canada: either the current number of illicit domestic firearms or the number of illicit firearms that will enter the market annually from all sources.” (2005 pg 23) As a rough measure of the size of the illegal market we can note that the Canadian Police Information Centre, which has maintained records of lost or stolen firearms since 1974, has 85,000 firearms (2007 pg 37) recorded in the system. What percentage of these are part of the illegal market versus the percentage merely lost is unknown. It should also be remembered that this number only represents firearms from Canadian sources and does not include firearms smuggled in from abroad. Legislation is only now being put in place to require and standardized police reporting of seized firearms. Smuggling from the U.S is virtually impossible to stop due to the long border and the many isolated areas and unmanned boarder crossings. Most smuggling intercepts involve only 2 to 5 firearms. It is unclear from the reports how much of this “smuggling” is actually guns intended for sale and how much is simply American gun owners stopped at the border. The illegal market is an ongoing activity but demand is reduced by the longevity of guns which can remain functional and in circulation for decades. CISC reports that “the involvement of the majority of criminals is normally limited to the purchase, use, or occasional random sale of illicit firearms to other criminals. There are fewer individual criminals or crime groups actively involved in either significant firearm acquisition or full-time wholesale retail distribution networks.” (2007 pg www.nfa.ca
31) Despite the fact that a high end handgun is currently selling for three times its retail price (RCMP pg3) the current supply of firearms makes the activity too unprofitable to be more than a secondary activity.
Gun Control Strategy The CISC reports summarized above emphasises the problematic nature of the gang control thru gun control strategy. The organized crime groups are deeply committed to gun ownership as an essential part of their very profitable businesses. The current gun supply will last for decades and is more than adequate to supply the needs of criminals. This supply can easily be increased through smuggling from the US or elsewhere. Accordingly, any strategy that assumes that firearms are a “choke point” where criminal activities can be effectively hampered is a strategy based on the most wishful of thinking. CISC justifies the current two billion dollar firearms administration system on the grounds that “strict firearm controls and regulations have proven largely effective in preventing organized crime members from legally acquiring firearms.” (2005 pg 18) Unfortunately this happy claim is both true and completely irrelevant. Criminals are armed and experiencing no difficulty acquiring more firearms as need or fancy dictates. Consequently, the fact that criminals are not obtaining firearms “legally” is nothing more than official posturing to put the smile of success on abject failure. As for current laws, the law against carrying a weapon and the current gun storage laws ensure that the lawabiding are rendered unarmed and defenceless. Despite justifications of “public safety” these laws have not hampered dangerous criminals and have made it safer and easier for criminal organizations to terrorize the public and deter witnesses. These laws increase the value of firearms to criminals and encourage criminals to “tool up” for safety and success.
The American experience of crime reduction through a combination of a robust right to self-defence and the lawful right to carry concealed firearms is slowly bringing the entire strategy of crime control through enforced disarmament into question. Another official response to failure is the production of statistics to “prove” success. If we examine the data from the RCMP report “Current Trends in Firearms Trafficking and Smuggling in Canada November 23, 2007” we find that for the period Jan 1, 2007 to Sept 30, 2007, they seized 3,851 firearms. Of which 52 % were “crime guns”. (RCMP pg 2) This happy statistic seems to support a narrative of busy police activity and effective inroads into criminal activity. Unfortunately, when we read the small print we find that the term “crime gun” is defined as “any firearm that is illegally possessed, used in a crime or suspected to have been used in a crime, or has an obliterated serial number.” (RCMP pg 2) In short we have a statistic specifically devised to pump the numbers and present the image of success. Guns with mere paperwork offences are happily grouped with guns used in murders and robberies. Despite the obvious analytical problems of trying to work with such a skewed category, public relations triumphs. The report goes on to detail that “90 per cent of firearms reported seized or recovered did not have any known association to organized crime; only 0.5% were deemed to have a definite connection to a gang or a criminal organization.” (RCMP pg 2) In short the police gun control strategy is having great success against “paperwork criminals” and almost no affect on organized crime and the really dangerous criminals. One wonders how long the RCMP will continue to pour men, time and resources into a strategy of such demonstrated failure. •
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Vaya Con Dios:
The Wild West Lives On recognizable, minus the country doctors and tea-totterer school marms... but just try to imagine a West without the Colt single action revolver, the Winchester lever action rifle, or the rabbit eared, double barreled shotgun!
e can all name the necessary visuals that distinguish this vision of the West: sweating horses and dusty trails, prairie schooners and caps with raccoon tails. Men’s pinched Stetsons and ladies’ feathered hats, smokey saloons and whiskey vats. The Mounties in their cool high topped boots, playful cowboys and ornery sonsabitches. Desert sands that ripple like waves, outlaw hideouts and robbers’ caves. Stagecoach holdups where the twisty road narrows, stern Apaches and haughty vaqueros. The town lawman and a village drunk, and the ruts in the trail where wagon wheels once sunk. Trail cook wisdom and shootists’ puns, avenging angels and the ever-present gun. It would still be 34
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I write this in an era when a shrinking portion of the population hunt, when national and municipal laws restrict or outlaw guns, and when firearms are associated with drug-crazed gangsters in too many people’s minds. We on this continent are, nonetheless, a culture rooted in the individual’s ownership of firearms; a people whose freedoms were bought with bullets and blood... and the language and mythology of the gun remains pervasive if obscure. You can discover it most readily in our daily expressions, commonly used, but “Do not be afraid of any man, once imbued with more serious meaning. To no matter what his size, “take a shot” at getting a better job or winning just call on me in time of need, a wrestling trophy, once and I will equalize.” meant literally to take a chance on success or -Anonymous failure, ridicule or reward, by paying and entering what were once nationally popular shooting contests. Truckers use the expression “hammer down” to mean flooring the gas pedal, when it once referred to firing a gun. The saying “triggered a reaction” doesn’t take much pondering. And anyone who has ever let the hammer slip on an old style Colt single action knows that “going off halfcocked” has more serious implications than simply one reacting before they’ve fully appraised a situation. To go the entire way in any effort or endeavor is to go the “whole 9 yards.”
This term has nothing to do with either sewing or football, needless to say. It originally referred to machine gunners aboard American B-52 bombers during World War II, pumping a steady stream of rounds into the pride of Hitler’s Lutwaffe. To give them the “whole 9 yards” meant to keep firing until they’d burned up the entire 27 foot long belts of ammunition. When you tell someone what you think with no holding back, it’s called giving them “both barrels,” and once meant simultaneously emptying both tubes of a shotgun into some less than fortunate attacker. From the time we are young kids we tend to love guns, and it’s not because they want to ape what they see in the movies or on T.V. Guns appeal to our need for a modicum of security, and afford at least a degree of parity and power to the generally disempowered individual. This is true whether one is talking about a small fellow being bullied by a larger man, or a female waylaid by an aggressive male nearly twice her size; a lone individual surrounded by some hell-bound gang; a homeowner confronted by drug addled burglars; or a community or
colony standing up for its rights in the face of a federal or foreign army. And through it all, guns remain as neutral as a rock. They have no agenda or politics. They play no favorites, and seek no outcome. They are incapable
of sparing or condemning, forgiving or hating. Firearms have been involved in the breaking up of families and the orphaning of children, but they’ve also been instrumental in saving lives, and the satisfactions of the hunt have helped bring families closer together. They are fundamentally the tools and attendants of our dramas, of our needs and desires, aspirations and fears, remedies and mistakes. While imbued with our history, they totally lack our capacity for choice, for noble aspiration or selfish interest, for good or for evil. They are blameless.
we live, wherever we call home. Adventure still awaits those who heed its enticements and are willing to take their chances. The sands of time that can seemingly so easily obscure the past, are blown aside by the Western winds churned by the passion of our inquiry. Why was it that even back then, some took refuge in mundanity and mediocrity, safety and assurance, while others cleaved to meaning, adventure and distinction – risking their situations, their jobs, and their hearts again and again? What is it that caused and still causes some to mistrust their feelings and needs, while others are unable to ignore their instincts and callings, insistent on exploring the unmapped territory of their promising dreams? If we are to go beyond mere ideas to the flesh and reality of our dream – to the fullest living of what we believe – we must actively seize it again and again. “You have to strive every minute to get rid of the life that you have planned,” Joseph Campbell once prompted, “in order to have the life that’s waiting to be yours. Move, move, move!”
The story of the West is, of course, more than wisps of gunsmoke and the ghosts of times gone, texture of gravel washes and collapsing adobe walls. The frontier still exists in our hearts and in our minds, wherever www.nfa.ca
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We must take time away from work to get outside and do the things we most enjoy, with the people we care most about. Get in touch with our wilder self, playing with the kids or grandkids without any self-consciousness, and no matter who’s listening go ahead and howl when we’re happy! Risk losing shallow relationships in order to go deeper with everyone we meet. Look into ourselves and our loved ones for reasons to trust and hope, look even to the troubled souls of our enemies for signs of good. Recognize the clear wrongs that we strive, in our own ways, to rectify. Or as Davy Crockett once put it, “Be sure you’re right, then go ahead!” For as long as there has been a West,
most Westerners have lived by a code. Sure, elements of that code varied from person to person, and there were some striking differences between that of Indians and cowboys, magistrate judges and border ruffians. But then they also tend to share a number of principals in common, such as: Never put your faith in written agreements. A man is only as good as his word. In battle, use whatever tools and means available. Put on your best feather headdress or Stetson if you’re entering a fight in which you could die. “Don’t blow on your partners” 36
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when others want you to bear witness against your friends. Never lead your pursuers back to your village or home. When escape is impossible, run straight at whatever and whoever is hounding you. When stuck in a box, do your best to break out. If you’re going to be hung anyway, the classy thing to do is to compliment them on their rope. Serve truth and freedom above all else, and tolerate no injustice. Give thanks for every lesson and test, as well as every reward, every blessed day. Savor the yip of the coyotes, when you finally lay down beneath the stars to rest. Some of the above are what you could call the great Western clichés, but they were real values acted out in real events, values that are just as applicable to our existence today. Our lives, too, are opportunities to exceed our perceived limitations, to do acts of service, to not only resist evil but also to promote the good. To actively oppose unjust laws, beginning with those that strip us of our personal liberties, disarm us, and strive to make us helpless and dependent subjects.
Americans when they were defending the sanctity of their homes. As determined as a frontier hunter whose children need to eat. As resourceful as a pioneer woman, making do with whatever she has on hand. As loyal to each other as Butch and Sundance. As unerring as Hickock, as quick to break convention as Annie Oakley, and as fun loving as country boys and girls with favored .22’s. When push comes to shove we’re capable of the courage shown by the citizens of Northfield, protecting their town and their futures from the depredations of the James-Younger gang. When there is work to be done, we can be as persistent and dogged as a dry land farmer. And why not
To make everything – from our home life to worthy projects like this magazine – considerably more effective, and a good deal more beautiful than it was. To act out of integrity, make hard choices, take chances and distinguish ourselves. We too have it in us to be as impassioned as the Native
indulge in just a touch of class, like that exhibited by Black Bart, Bat Masterson or Gentleman Jim? The wit of a Doc Holiday or Billy the Kid? Facing overwhelming odds like Elfego Baca or Nate Champion? Our hearts are capable of the gratitude of survivors whose friends suffered some terrible fate, of the mother of the child whose fever finally breaks, of the man staring down the muzzle of a gun when the hammer thankfully falls on an empty chamber. One doesn’t have to be in a life and death situation to start acting as if things really matter... because they do! “Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness,” a deaf and blind Helen Keller wrote. “It is not attained through self-gratification [alone] but through fidelity to a worthy cause.” True contentment comes through familiarity with our authentic selves, intimate relationship with one’s people and place, the satisfaction of honest hungers, and the fulfillment of our most meaningful purpose. Nor do we have to be attacked physically before there’s a need for us to stand up for ourselves like the hero of a Western: facing an abusive supervisor down, even when it may be the only available work in town. Risking a loss of income in order to earn more free time for pleasure or a worthy mission. Being totally honest in relationships, and paying the price. Knowing when to be fierce, and when to
be nice. Giving every task all we’ve got.... and every effort, great or small, our very “best shot.” Dale Evans said it well you know, when she penned the theme song for the Roy Rogers Show: “Some trails are happy ones, others are blue. It’s the way you ride that trail that counts, here’s a happy trail for you!” Vaya con dios, companeros. Until we meet again...
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by Christopher di Armani
BC IDPA Championships T
errace is a small community of 11,000 in the geographical centre of northwestern British Columbia. It is roughly a fifteen hour drive north from Vancouver to Prince George, then west along Highway 16 to Terrace. While it is a long drive, it’s also incredibly beautiful, with many one-of-a-kind sights to see. The Terrace Rod and Gun Club, located against a mountain just as you enter the town, is located on an old military training range. Evidence of this storied past is found on the dozens of inscriptions carved into the concrete bunkers that are now part of the pistol bays at the back of the range. These concrete bunkers were where young military men held the targets overhead so their compatriots could shoot at them. The target holders were protected by thick concrete, so it was quite safe. It is in this picturesque setting that eighteen participants traveled thousands of kilometers to battle for bragging rights in six categories in the 2009 BC Provincial IDPA Championship, held July 18, 2009. The events held at this year’s event were CDP Marksman, ESP Master, ESP Marksman, SSP Sharpshooter, SSP Marksman and SSP Novice. Dave Bjorkman and his crew of volunteers put together fourteen stages to challenge participants’ skills at shooting and at problem-solving. All held some aspect of selfdefense at heart, and varied in difficulty. IDPA’s Area Coordinator for Canada is Bob Bonenfant, and he has trained many of the Safety Officers that worked this event.
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Sandy Wylie, a master shooter and IDPA Area Coordinator for Washington, Alaska and Oregon, traveled from Seattle, Washington, and brought his two sons, Al and Dusty. Sandy came to help the group in Terrace ensure the match conformed to IDPA standards, and also to act as Safety Officer for one squad of shooters. A large contingent of shooters came from Fort St. John, just over one thousand kilometers from Terrace, and another family came from Peace River, thirteen hundred kilometers away, which translates into a 15-hour drive. All in all there were shooters from two provinces and one state represented at the event, as evidenced by the flags flown at the clubhouse. Shooting started at 10am on a cloudy day that turned to showers as soon as shooting started. It rained off and on all day, but it didn’t deter any of the competitors. One of the most popular stages was Stage 2, “Pirates of the Skeena River”. As you can see from the photograph below, this wasn’t your average self-defense scenario. The course description reads: Those Somalian pirates are getting braver! You and your buddy are enjoying a relaxing day drifting down the Skeena fishing. You’ve just set your hook into a record spring when pirates suddenly appear off the bow! Sitting in rear of boat, holding fishing rod with both hands out of right side of boat. Gun is loaded and in the tackle box. At the start signal, the shooter yanks on the fishing rod. This sets the three targets bobbing back and forth to simulate being on the open ocean. The tricky part is that when you try to slide left or right to get a shot at them,
The winners of the 2009 BC IDPA Provincial Championship are: CDP Marksman – Wayne Gerber ESP Master – Sandy Wylie ESP Marksman – Dave Bjorkman SSP Sharpshooter – Troy Hansen SSP Marksman – Christopher di Armani SSP Novice – Dave Lefrancois
the stages challenged a shooter’s ability and problemsolving skills, and the match was a treat to participate in. If you want to take a look at the stage design, you can download the entire package from http://www.diarmani. com/Downloads/2009_BC_IDPA_Provincials_Stage_ Descriptions.pdf. your partner, who is sitting in front of you, bobs back and forth as well, blocking your shot. Some shooters did extremely well on this stage, and some, not so much! This was one of those stages that going first was a definite disadvantage! Those of us who shot later were able to learn from the mistakes of our predecessors and find a way to neutralize the enemy. One of the most challenging stages was Stage 7, which required a single hit on a moving target. The “bad guy” is behind a desk and when you press on a plate to activate the target’s motion, he pops up and drops behind the desk again. If you missed him during that motion, you had to reload and move to the right for the head shot. Or settle for a miss and a failure to neutralize penalty, which happened more than once. As Dave Bjorkman said before the match began, “That’s a stage where you’ll either do really well or really badly. There’s no middle ground on that one.” Kudos goes to Dave Bjorkman and his entire crew for designing and building such awesome courses of fire. All
A special “Thank-You” goes out to the Safety Officers who volunteered their time and expertise to ensure the event was as safe as it was successful: Gord Bentham Greg Bernetic R.B. (Bob) Bonenfant Denis Favron Troy Hansen Sandy Wylie The 2010 BC IDPA Championship is slated to be held in Chilliwack, B.C. sometime in July. The exact date will be published when it is available. If you are interested in an exciting and fun way to improve your shooting, come out to an IDPA event near you and give it a try. Not only will your shooting skills improve, but you’ll meet some of the best people on earth: fellow gun owners. For more information about IDPA, please visit http://www. idpa.com/, and here in Canada you can find your local IDPA club by visiting http://www.idpacanada.com/.
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by Christopher di Armani
The Bruce Montague Case: What is it About? “There can be no compromise on basic principles. There can be no compromise on moral issues. There can be no compromise on matters of knowledge, of truth, of rational conviction.” - Ayn Rand
The Bruce Montague case is about the Right of Canadians to own and keep firearms without government interference. Period.
In a 1780 debate in the House of Lords, for example, Lord Richmond described an order to disarm private citizens (not militia members) as “a violation of the constitutional right of Protestant subjects to keep and bear arms for their own defense.” In response, another member of Parliament referred to “the right of bearing arms for personal defence,” making clear that no special military meaning for “keep and bear arms” was intended in the discussion.
It’s certainly not about what type of firearms Mr. Montague owned. If a man has the right to own firearms, then what type of firearms he owns is irrelevant. One either has the right or one does not.
Between the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution, the Stuart Kings Charles II and James II succeeded in using select militias loyal to them to suppress political dissidents, in part by disarming their opponents.
In the United States this debate would appear to be answered once and for all in the recent US Supreme Court Heller decision, which held that the individual does in fact have the right to keep and bear arms for self defence.
Under the auspices of the 1671 Game Act, for example, the Catholic James II had ordered general disarmaments of regions home to his Protestant enemies.
ivilian firearm ownership developed in Canada,exactly the same is it did for our friends directly to the south, out of the ancient common-law right of citizens to keep firearms for the purpose of self-defence.
Our American cousins get their Second Amendment Right from exactly the same place Canadians get their right to keep “armes for their defence” : English common law and the 1689 English Bill of Rights. This right was first codified in the 1689 English Bill of Rights, the document that forms the foundation of Canada’s constitution, just as it does the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. As Justice Scalia writes in the Heller decision,
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These experiences caused Englishmen to be extremely wary of concentrated military forces run by the state and to be jealous of their arms. They accordingly obtained an assurance from William and Mary, in the Declaration of Right (which was codified as the English Bill of Rights), that Protestants would never be disarmed: “That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defense suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law.” This right has long been understood to be the predecessor to our Second Amendment. It is also the place where Canadians get their right to own firearms for self-defence.
Don’t wish you could... simply “do more”. Support Bruce Montague’s fight for our constitutional right to own firearms. It’s your right too. Be proud of it. Own it. Countless of our countrymen have fought and died for that right, for our rights. Let’s stand beside all of them, and beside Mr. Montague. A suggestion: for every registered firearm you own, donate $20 to Bruce’s legal defense fund. For every unregistered firearm you own, donate $30. After all, the ones without paper attached are more valuable, aren’t they? Please send your cheque payable to “Bruce Montague Scrap C-68 Fund”, c/o Roger Nordlund, Trustee, RR#2, Site 211, Box 7, Dryden, Ontario, P8N 2Y5. If you’re more comfortable donating online, you can do that too. Just visit Bruce Montague’s website (http://www. BruceMontague.ca/), click on “Donate” and donate whatever amount is right for you. In addition to Bruce’s gratitude for your support, his fundraising team is offering the following incentives to those who lend their financial support for this landmark case: “If you will not fight for the right, when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm (vol. 1 of The Second World War), p. 348 (1948).
Much to the dismay of hoplophobes (those with an irrational fear of weapons) across the nation, this right has never been extinguished. That is the point of the Bruce Montague case. Proving this in court is both time-consuming and expensive. Bruce Montague needs the help of every gun owner in Canada. Yes, that means you, the NFA member reading this article. The time is past for us to sit in our comfortable chairs and say to ourselves, “I wish I could do more.”
Donations of $100 and above will receive a copy of the documentary “Good Men vs. Bad Law”. Donations of $250 and above will receive a copy of the documentary “Good Men vs. Bad Law” and the Saskatoon Firearms Act Seminar 4-DVD set.
Donations of $500 and above will receive copies of the Saskatoon Seminar and the documentaries “Good Men vs. Bad Law”, “Illegal Acts” and “Shootout at Rock Creek”. Donations of $1000 and above will receive a free fierarms self-defense training course (http://brucemontague.ca/ html/0338.html) valued at $2000, in addition to copies of the Saskatoon Seminar and the documentaries “Good Men vs. Bad Law”, “Illegal Acts” and “Shootout at Rock Creek”. For more information on Bruce’s case, please contact him directly at 807-937-2197, or via his fundraising website at http://www.brucemontague.ca/html/0015.html.
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by: David Chappelle
A fitness pro and trainer of elite athletes lays it out for CFJ readers.
Why Are Shooters Fat? Part 2 You don’t need equipment. You don’t need a gym. All you need is a reason.
nlike many fitness “gurus”, Ross Enamait (pronounced: E-nah-mite) doesn’t pretend to have any secret formulas. Nor does he sell a ton of expensive products. He sells two books and one DVD with a manual – each priced less than twenty-five bucks. If you regularly performed the routines from any one of his products, soon you’d be a fitness machine – and likely the fittest shooter at your range. Yet Ross doesn’t care if you buy his stuff. He gives most of his knowledge away for free at Rosstraining.com. He shows how you can get fit in your living room or backyard. He shows how to make fitness equipment for a few dollars from hardware store parts. In other words, he has removed ALL of your excuses for being a fat shooter. You could watch Ross’ free videos; do the exercises every day; and quickly experience results in your strength and fitness levels. That’s simple... but not easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is. Whether you’re a successful target shooter or hunter, remember how much you practiced shot placement? It’s the same for anything you want to get good at. Fitness is no exception. Another difference between Ross and other “famous” fitness gurus – Ross doesn’t do interviews. Well, not many. In eight years he’s turned down 75 interview requests. He doesn’t need publicity. Elite athletes – and those who want to become elite – seek him out. They know his reputation. This interview was conducted via email, while Ross was in fight camp preparing one of his fighters for a match. (Sorry fight fans, we can’t say who it was, because we don’t know. The man trains pro athletes, he’s in demand, and after determining we were for real he graciously agreed to answer our questions in his spare moments. Be thankful he was willing to share with you, because he rejects most interview requests. Now read his wisdom, then go forth and do likewise.)
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Is this really the first or second time you’ve granted an interview? Oh, back in 2003 I did one interview for a buddy of mine who had a website. That’s the only interview I ever did online. I usually get a bit nauseous reading some of the dipshits being interviewed about their super secret keys to fitness and fortunes, so I try to avoid being tagged in that group. I’d rather hang out in a dirty gym. You give away so much free info -instructional videos... articles... blog entries... and you spend time answering questions on your forum... Does anybody think the information not worthwhile because you give it away? Perhaps initially, but once people get to know me through the site, they realize that the information is legitimate. I don’t hide behind the screen. I work with real athletes and also post videos. My YouTube videos have received well over a million views. It’s one thing to say something, but entirely different (and more credible) to actually demonstrate it. It’s also worth mentioning that my forum isn’t just about me and my advice. The community has steadily grown over the years. We have sections where members post videos and pictures of their own training. Once again, seeing is believing, and there are plenty of members who walk the walk.
Can you explain why you REALLY care more about helping others who want to be healthy than making tons-a-dough selling them stuff? I already have athletes that I work with offline. I’d be busy in the gym without the Internet. Initially, the website started as a hobby where I could converse with other likeminded athletes and trainers. Viewing it with this mentality allows me to focus on everything but monetary return. In all honesty, I don’t consider myself a businessman. I’m the type of person who walks into a store and isn’t interested in talking with a salesperson. I run my site with a similar approach and that will never change. Ever been tempted to start charging for your knowledge and experience? No. I’m not about to change who I am simply because the site has gained popularity. People tend to take themselves too seriously in my opinion. I’m not chasing dollars. I am who I’ve always been. I’m just doing what I love, and that won’t change. Many fitness pros are selling expensive factory-built products. How did you get interested in homebuilt exercise equipment? The fitness industry is a joke. The prices have gone from expensive to just plain ridiculous. I grew up training in a boxing gym that didn’t have any fancy equipment. The fact
that world-class fighters can become world class without anything fancy speaks volumes in itself. It is always nice to save money, but it is also nice to build something that is as good or better than what is offered elsewhere. Some of the best equipment that I own was built for a few dollars. You train elite fighters - it must be rewarding working with those who seriously want to improve. When someone inexperienced asks you for advice, where do you start? It certainly is rewarding. I grew up in the fight game. I love the sport and love helping others chase down their own dreams. As for the novice seeking advice, they need to start with the basics. Exercise isn’t as complicated as many would like us to believe. Put in the initial due diligence and take it one day at a time. Realize however that results take time and require a consistent, dedicated effort. The body needs time to adapt and improve. Too much too soon is often as bad nothing at all. How do you motivate yourself? Motivation comes naturally when you are working towards something that genuinely interests you. If you work aimlessly without precise interests or goals, motivation will always be an issue. If you are training for something however, the work doesn’t feel like work.
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The time that I spend in the gym isn’t work to me. I actually enjoy it. What I do in the gym is for me and only me. I don’t train with my athletes. We often do entirely different things. I need to chase down my own goals. No one can pick these goals for me. I decide for myself. The fact that I train fighters doesn’t mean that I still train as a fighter. My passion has changed significantly over the years, and I’m sure that it will continue to change into the future. What do you suggest when someone beginning fitness asks for motivating tips? I’m not a fan of motivational tricks. You need to train for your own reasons. Find something that interests you. Find something that you can become passionate about. Don’t view training as aimless work, but rather as something that brings you closer to goals that actually interest you. Your book “Never Gymless” has pretty much destroyed the gym excuses, “I can´t afford a gym... can´t find a gym... hate working out in front of others at gyms.” Do some complain they don´t have the room... or don´t want their neighbors to see? Perhaps initially, but there are exercises and routines that you could literally perform in a closet. If you have room to sleep at night, you have room to exercise. Equipment is optional. You honestly don’t need anything to get in shape. Are those who equate going to a gym with exercise skeptical of bodyweight exercises? I actually encourage skepticism. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Great intellects are skeptical.” There is truth to his words. The skeptic seeks truth, so if you are truthful, there is nothing to worry about. I know the benefits of bodyweight exercise as I’ve benefited firsthand. Once again, telling you is one thing, but showing you is another. The exercise equipment as clothes rack has become a cliché. Have you any advice for those who make initial effort but lack persistence? Life is what you make of it. I’m not here to suggest that anything worth having is easy to acquire. Exercise is just like anything else. You get what you put into it. If you want to improve, you’ll put in the work and the results will
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follow. No one can do this for you however. The individual is responsible for his own action, or lack of. Persistence is not exclusive to exercise. It is a valued attribute that carries over to much more than physical exercise. As Napoleon Hill once said, “Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.” In my basement I put two pipe clamps holding a pipe to the underside of the floor joists above. Every time I go in the basement – unless I’ve been drinking – I do pull-ups or hanging knee-ups or hanging leg raises. Do people really think that´s harder than journeying to a gym? Is that because it requires discipline? Unfortunately, discipline and perseverance tend to be rare attributes in the world today. There are action takers and action fakers. One of the problems with the fitness industry is the constant promise of short cuts and quick fixes. People expect too much too soon. When the results don’t come fast enough, people tend to give up. I’d rather be upfront and honest. No, you won’t improve overnight. Yes, you will need to bust your ass. That’s life. You get what you put into it. I welcome the hard work. It is rewarding in a way that others could never understand until they have walked in the same shoes. Out of about 30 people at a club dinner the other night I think maybe six shooters and two wives looked like they exercise regularly. In your experience, does that compare with the population? In all honesty, that is probably a higher percentage than the general population as a whole. Do you ever become discouraged by obesity statistics? I’m not sure if discouraged is the right word, as we all make our own bed. I will say however, that it is unfortunate. It’s unfortunate to think that others let life slip away when the problems associated with obesity are so easily controlled. Life is so much more enjoyable when you are able to use the body as it was intended. As a father to two children, I enjoy being able to run around in the yard with my kids. I couldn’t imagine being sedentary simply because I was unable to freely move and run.
After years of being in the industry, have you any idea why so many North Americans don´t seem to care about fitness? Any opinions on how – or if – that can change?
Can you recommend any specific exercises for shooters? In all honesty, I wouldn’t worry too much about specific exercises, based on the fact that so many seem to be entirely inactive to begin. Build a solid foundation first, and then work upward from there. Specific work only makes sense after the foundation has been put in place.
There are likely more who care about fitness, but don’t know how to get started. The industry as a whole is deceiving. When you see ads that promise overnight results without sweat and sacrifice, frustration is expected when the results don’t follow. Honesty is the best policy, but few from this industry are willing to share it. That is the real problem. We don’t need to confuse people and complicate the process. Getting in shape is not rocket science. Yes, you need to put in the work, but the actual steps that must be taken are fairly straightforward.
For example, suppose you were building a new home. You need to build the foundation first, before you start picking out bathroom fixtures. __________ Website – rosstraining.com
What in your opinion is the minimum amount of exercise for someone starting?
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For maintenance? __________ I always suggest exercising at least 4 days per week. There are 7 days in a week. If you train less than 4 days a week, you spend more time sitting on your ass than you do actually exercising. There is no reason why everyone cannot get up and use the body the way it was intended.
While we were preparing for publication Ross told us he was training Matt Godfrey, NABF cruiserweight champion. By the time you read this he will have fought in the main event July 10th on ESPN2.
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By Christopher di Armani
How Many Gun Groups Does It Take To Save Our Rights?
here are many “gun groups” in Canada, some arguably more effective than others. All serve a purpose in one fashion or another. They and their respective memberships think so, if nothing else. Yet the total combined membership of all of Canada’s pro-gun groups combined isn’t a drop in the bucket against the total number of gun owners. I refer here to the “official” government numbers... the number specifically and methodically lowered over the past 15 years to make their vaunted Firearms Act look good. According to the RCMP and the Canadian Firearms Centre (http:// www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/ facts-faits/archives/quick_ facts/2009/2009-03-eng.htm) we’re down to 1,852,333 gun owners in Canada. That means that in the 15 years since the implementation of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, the official number of gun owners in Canada has been cut in half. Wendy Cukier must be proud. The combined total membership of the NFA, CSSA, OFAH, CUFOA, LUFA, CFI, CASD, etc. can’t even break one hundred thousand. That’s just 5 percent of the official government number of gun owners. We can’t claim membership of even 1 percent of the actual number of gun owners in Canada! And this pathetically insignificant number is not a single voice. It is more than half a dozen very divergent messages to government, to the press, and to our fellow
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Canadians. Each of those messages is communicated with varying degrees of effectiveness, but for the most part, none of our pro-firearm groups are effective at getting our message across. So it isn’t really much of a surprise that the likes of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the RCMP, OPP and the Surete du Quebec and practically ALL federal political parties don’t give a rat’s ass about us and our “rights”. Under their increasingly oppressive collective thumbs we don’t have any rights. The Bruce Montague and Pierre Lemieux cases make that abundantly clear. And if that doesn’t do it for you, the Jeremy Swanson case sure ought to. The government and police will do as they please, and the courts will go along, no matter how absurd. Remember Jeremy Swanson? What will it take for gun owners to be heard in this great land? It will take all gun owners in the country, speaking together, delivering the same message: Our rights are not negotiable. Period. Until then, we’ll just keep getting what we’ve been getting: more police raids in the middle of the night (just ask Alberta’s John Rew), strip searches in broad daylight in front of your wife and child (just ask Ontario’s Jonathan Logan), or unconstitutional searches (just ask Yukon’s Allan Carlos) or your wife strip-searched in the middle of the night on the side of a Red Deer
highway as you move your family across the country to start anew (just ask Dave Lind). I haven’t even broached the subject of all the unconstitutional searches and seizures of hunters rifles every year all across this nation. So long as the government and, by extension, the police forces across Canada can divide and conquer us... pick us off one by one by dropping the chilling weight of the state on the thumbs of individual gun owners... so long as we insist on standing alone instead of standing united, we will continue to fall, one insignificant domino at a time. How many gun groups does it take to save our rights? I believe the answer to this question is simple. One. One organization with the combined talents of all of our current organizations. One organization with the strength of membership that can actually make politicians sit up and take notice come election time. One organization that will simply, effectively and continually present the message that our God-given rights are not negotiable to our elected representatives at every level of government: local, provincial and federal. Do we gun owners have the will, the depth of determination required, to create such a powerful organization? For our children’s sake, I pray we do, and that we do it quickly, before it’s too late.
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