Recreational Firearms Community
Subjects to Address with your Member of Parliament
The Issue of Bill C-68 is heating up and it is important for
us to keep it in the spotlight. Write, phone or e-mail you
MP and let your concerns be known. The following are some
points that you can bring to their attention:
- The Government is considering introducing legislation to
decriminalize marijuana for users as they feel the legislation should
target only dealers and pushers. They justify it by saying that this
will help alleviate court overloads and costs and save taxpayer's
money. At the same time, Bill C-68 targets users and criminalizes them,
but does not track those people who should not have guns. Huh? (see
parts 10.67 and 10.68 of the auditor
general's report for more info).
- Supreme Court says that pedophiles have a right to own pornography,
but says firearms owners have no rights.
- Despite 68 years of registering handguns, Statistics Canada tables
show there a steady increase in firearms homicides committed with
handguns from 27% in 1974 to 58% in 2000. Statistics Canada also
reported that between 1997 and 2001, 74% of the handguns recovered from
the scenes of 143 homicides were NOT registered. Statistics Canada
tables also show that firearms homicides with rifles and shotguns that
have never been registered dropped steadily over the last 27 years, from
64% to 31%.
- The SWF wishes to congratulate the people of Nunavut on their court
victory granting them a temporary exemption to Bill-68 requirements for
registration. We fully support the Inuit, First Nations and all other
Canadians who are working against this unbelievable waste of valuable
tax dollars. We also call for all Canadians to be granted the same
exemption, as the Canadian Charter of Rights demands equal treatment
under the law.