Toronto Needs It. So Does Ottawa. And Montreal. And Moncton.

Toronto needs it. So does Ottawa. And Montreal. And Moncton.

Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, (heck, any place between Sudbury and Kamloops)? Not so much. They already have one.

What is it? 

A gun culture

Firearms safety — safe storage, proper handling of ammunition, never putting your finger near the trigger until you’re prepared to fire — is not just part of the training course every citizen must take to obtain a firearms licence, necessary to buy a gun or ammunition. It is also a fundamental part of Canada’s shrinking gun culture, which understood that firearms were a useful tool for entertaining and enriching hobbies. With tragic (and rare) exceptions, the sportsman is not the threat. The thug who obtains their gun illegally and keeps it explicitly because they don’t respect the law, is the person we have to worry about.

Canada had a gun culture once. Toronto, too. Those days are long gone and won’t be coming back. But that’s still no excuse for (“downtown white”) politicians to direct their fire — pun semi-intended — at lawful citizens. Every such effort simply wastes time and energy, better spent making sure that Toronto’s youth have better options for their future than dealing drugs with a gun on their hip. 

“The days of a Canadian gun culture won’t be be coming back?” Says who!?

The only other thing I’d add is that it isn’t just “sportsmen”: Legal gun owners commit less crimes than cops. If Toronto (and the rest of Canada) was serious about stopping violent crime, they’d take the steps necessary to make violent crime a high-risk occupation

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The Wrong Side Of History

The Wrong Side of History

Bank of America realizes that we outnumber the anti-gun forces by at least 100-1, right? That while we can get thousands of people out to buy lousy coffee in support of the Second Amendment, the Bradys and their minions can barely fill up a school bus in favor of a boycott of Starbucks

So why in the name of Amadeo Giannini would they do something like this

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, McMillan Group International have been collectively banking with Bank of America for 12 years. Today Mr. Ray Fox, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Business Banking, Global Commercial Banking came to my office. He scheduled the meeting as an “account analysis” meeting in order to evaluate the two lines of credit we have with them. He spent 5 minutes talking about how McMillan has changed in the last 5 years and have become more of a firearms manufacturer than a supplier of accessories.
At this point I interrupted him and asked “Can I possible save you some time so that you don’t waste your breath? What you are going to tell me is that because we are in the firearms manufacturing business you no longer what my business.”
“That is correct” he says.

My family doesn’t bank at Bank Of America and we won’t in the future, either. If you do, I encourage you to move your money to greener pastures and banks that support your inherent right of self-defense. 

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Martha Dominguez, Executive Customer Relations Specialist: 714-792-4264

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The NRA, Romney, And Guns

The NRA, Romney, and guns

What does the NRA Institute for Legislative Action think of Mitt Romney? Well, here’s what they had to say about him in 2004, when he signed the “assault weapons ban” while he was governor of Massachusetts. 

On June 24, 2004 at approximately 11:20 AM , the Senate took the last legislative vote on S.2367 and sent it to Governor Romney`s desk for his consideration. Representing the greatest set of firearm law reforms since the passage of the Commonwealth`s worst in the nation gun laws, S.2367 is a breath of fresh air for law abiding gun owners. Governor Romney is expected to sign the bill into law later this week.

While not perfect by any means, this bill represents a step forward for gun owners in Massachusetts. 

…NRA members should be very pleased in knowing that their efforts to educate and work with their local representatives and senators resulted in a successful reform action.

Despite the efforts of some (including The Boston Globe) to spin this bill as an extension of or creation of a new “Assault Weapons” ban, the bill makes no net changes to the Commonwealth`s laws regarding those types of firearms. The three sections referencing them merely dealt with re-affirming the definitions of what an “Assault Weapon” could be.

Thanks to you and the Gun Owners` Action League, lawful gun owners can now take advantage of this first set of real reforms in over five years. 

For all our talk about “not believing the liberal media”, it seems we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for the idea that Romney is completely anti-gun.

All I want from a Romney administration with regards to gun rights is a thorough investigation of Fast & Furious (assuming Obama doesn’t pardon the entire ATF on his last day in office), the appointment of judges that’ll uphold DC v. Heller, his signature on nationwide reciprocity when it passes through Congress sometime in early 2013, and that’ll be fine. Anything more than that is just icing on the cake.

We’ll leave the executive order granting Canadian expatriates their own M163 Vulcan Air Defense System for his second term…

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What Is Your Weapon Of Choice?

What is your weapon of choice?

Thinking more about the “Gun Bias” meme that floated around the gunosphere last week, the fact is, we’re in the golden age of handguns right now. We know for a fact that 95% or more of the defensive pistols we can buy will work right out the box, be accurate enough to be useful and will keep working for a long, long time. Yes, there are exceptions (and I happen to own one…), but they are the exception and not the rule. 

I tend to prefer CZ’s because I fell in love with them at first shot. Others like Glocks or M&P’s or Springfields or Rugers. I’d even argue that Taurus is inching up into that group, and Kel-Tec may soon join them as well. It’s even possible to buy an accurate, reliable 1911 right off the shelf, something that by all accounts was unheard of twenty years ago.

But that’s not good enough for us. My gun HAS to be better than yours because, well, BECAUSE. Maybe we haven’t walked all that far away from playground bragging over whose Dad can beat up whose other Dad, maybe it’s our consumerist society, maybe it’s nothing more than plain ol’ coveting, all I know is it’s REALLY confusing to new gun owners. They walk in to a gun store wanting something for personal protection and are faced with an array of choices and opinions that may shopping for a home stereo look easy. 

A little less consternation and a little more interaction, please. Unless a new shooter has bought a real stinker, accentuate the positive. Get them to like what they bought, and more importantly, get them out to the range to use it. No one wants to shoot a gun they don’t like. 

And now here’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to sing the title of today’s post. 

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An SUV With A Minigun. What’s Not To Love?

An SUV with a Minigun. What’s not to love?

The boys and I had a blast at the Arizona Game and Fish Department”s Outdoor Expo (ask me about the 18′ python). The highlight of the show for my oldest was catching his first fish, but for my youngest son and me, it had to be this.

Yep, that’s the same rig that was on the “Shooting Fish in a Barrel” episode of Mythbusters. It’s impressive on TV and utterly spectacular in person.

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