Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One More Reason To Scrap the Long Gun Registry

I hope, really, really, hope that the Conservative government finally makes good on scrapping the long gun registry. Why? Well there are too many nit picky rules in it for one reason. Another is that it has given police too many loop holes to enter a residence and confiscate fire arms for no reason. Hyperbole? Not really.

Biker, 76, must prove he's competent to keep rare weapons at home


TORONTO - Beating firearms charges seems like it should be a slam-dunk for aging biker Johnny Sombrero.

But now the 76-year-old gun collector, whose real name is Henry Barnes, must also prove he is mentally stable enough to keep his 18 machine guns and dozens of other rare weapons locked up in his North York apartment.

"He's fully compliant, he's done everything right," lawyer David Costa said Tuesday at 1000 Finch Ave. W. court, where his client was facing 18 careless storage charges in a potentially precedent-setting case. "If anything, this guy is the example for others to follow."

Sombrero is the president and lone remaining founder of the Black Diamond Riders, one of the city's oldest motorcycle clubs, and he has no criminal record.

In January 2010, Toronto Police stormed his apartment and allegedly roughed up the senior.

He alleges they held him at gunpoint for five hours before seizing his collection and charging him for leaving the bolts inside his machine guns, even though the weapons were stored in lockers.

Costa argues his client's firearms were all locked, or double-locked, in steel cabinets similar to what many gun owners use, with the added security of steel bars in the front.

The cabinets are stored in a locked bedroom in Sombrero's 10th-floor apartment, he pointed out in his final submission.
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Lets see, no criminal record, all rules followed, yet the police still feel a need to bust open a seniors apartment and confiscate weapons that are locked up in a secure area.

Now I do have an issue with the headline. Calling the lone remaining member of a bike club a "biker" tends to confuse the issue. Maybe "ex-biker" or "former biker" would be appropriate. Still that's no the main issue here.

Mr. Barnes LEGALLY purchased, registered and stored his weapon collection. Yes it's a collection. Owning machine guns is not something a typical fire arm owner will purchase. Considering the rules and regulations and paperwork is even more stringent then purchasing a handgun. For some unfathomable reason the police thought that they should break in and confiscate all these pieces of hardware and then charge Mr. Barnes. A little heavy on the legal end don't you think?

One of the problems with the firearm legislation is that there are too many grey areas and weasel worded passages. Want an example? A friend of mine was reading the legislation and had a question. In it it discusses the storage of a "reasonable amount of ammunition". Now what is a reasonable amount? For the average once a month target shooter is a hundred rounds reasonable or 1,000? For a once a week shooter more? The friend asked a police officer this question and got a blank stare. So if the police want an excuse they could probably go into a persons house without prior notice or warrant and claim a person was storing an unreasonable amount of ammunition. Just like they figured Mr. Barnes was "improperly storing" his firearms.

If Mr. Barnes manages to beat this court case, will he face more charges? Another question, will he ever see his weapon collection ever again? My thoughts and wishes go out to him. I hope his lawyer beats these ludicrous charges.

Isn't this how freedom withers away and dies?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bill C-51 and an open letter to my MP

Well, we have the majority Conservative government in power. Just one small problem at the moment. Bill C-51 which is in reading in the House of Commons has a few sections that are going to be a Sword of Damocles over any blogger out there if it goes through.

Here's the link to the bill.

Here's the sections in question:

6. (1) The portion of subsection 320.1(1) of the Act before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

320.1 (1) If a judge is satisfied by information on oath that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there is material that is hate propaganda within the meaning of subsection 320(8) or computer data within the meaning of subsection 342.1(2) that makes hate propaganda available, that is stored on and made available to the public through a computer system within the meaning of subsection 342.1(2) that is within the jurisdiction of the court, the judge may order the custodian of the computer system to

(2) Subsection 320.1(5) of the Act is replaced by the following:
(5) If the court is satisfied, on a balance of probabilities, that the material is available to the public and is hate propaganda within the meaning of subsection 320(8) or computer data within the meaning of subsection 342.1(2) that makes hate propaganda available, it may order the custodian of the computer system to delete the material.


My open letter to my MP:

Good Morning *Redacted*:

I would first like to congratulate you on your win in *redacted* riding last Monday. I am thankful that the Conservative party has finally won a majority and we can put to rest the worry of another unneccessary election for the next 4 to 5 years.

I am writing this today because I am concerned about a piece of legislation that is making it's way through the house of commons at this time. I am referring to Bill C-51 and some of it's subsections in regards to speech, or more specifically "Hate Speech". The label of hate speech is a frightening label. Who decides what hate speech is? When is a normal discussion labeled a verbotten topic? The typical answer is not to restrict speech or discussions, the answer is to remove restrictions. Open up the floor and let everything be said.

To clean the air you need more light and more openness. You don't want to restrict things. The more you restrict something the deeper it crawls and wiggles it's way around avoiding and morphing it's shell into something more "acceptable" in the public eye.

The problem with having quasi-judicial bodies like the Canadian Human Rights Commission and all their provincial associates, is that they are the ones that decides what is and isn't hate speech. Most of the people on these panels have axes to grind and tend to punish harshly any little infraction according to their ever changing code.

Section 13 of Bill C-51 makes it a crime to even link to anything declared hate speech. Once again, as decided by some mandarin in charge of what they want to be hate speech. Sunlight and air is the best disinfectant, and showing or linking to these attitudes is a good way of doing so. For example, I may write a blog and discover some example of vile speech and link to it and quote some of it to discuss and dissect it in an attempt to refute it. According to the new bill, I could be charged for doing so.

I have read through some of the changes in this bill, and some of them are needed.

All the clauses dealing with hate speech are further restricting all Canadians rights and liberties. Is this what the Conservatives stand for?

Remember all speech can be offensive to somebody. We don't need to legislate what we say and how we say it.

Please discuss this with your party and please don't further restrict our rights as Canadians


Thank you for your time.
PaladinPhil (real name used instead of internet handle)

Who watches the watchers? We need more freedom and less regulations. I hope that more and more people contact their MP's and call for the relevant sections to be changed if not removed. I know the Canadian Human Rights Commission and their provincial lackeys would love to get their mitts on this and start restricting internet bloggers that they feel don't agree with their views and beliefs.

Keep defending our rights people. Just because the Conservatives are in power doesn't mean it's time for us all to slack off.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Conservatives Win A Majority Government. So Now What?

It's been a little over twelve hours since the Federal election was called for the Conservative Party of Canada as a Majority. Spirits are running high from coast to coast in all conservative jurisdictions. The first battle has been won, now we must continue on the path of fighting for our country.

There are many dreams that some of my fellows are revelling in, like pruning back funding for the CBC, neutering the Canadian Human Rights Commissions, and so forth. Some things are feasible, while others may just be pipe dreams. We shall see which way Stephen Harper goes in the years to come. In the meantime lets look at what happened here in Canada.

One of the big things in the run up to the election was the rising support of the New Democrat Party. People were elated and worried about how it would change the landscape of the Canadian Politic. Well now we know. The NDP has won a historic number of seats making them the Official Opposition party in Ottawa, they won their normal strongholds and made massive gains in Quebec. Those massive gains were made at the expense of the Bloc Quebecois. It's going to be interesting to see how Jack Layton runs his caucus and deals with all these freshmen M.P.s from Quebec. The NDP has been a mixed bag of leftist ideologies and attitudes even when they only had 37 seats in the last session of parliament. I am looking forward to the shenanigans that are going to be going on in the next four years. I just have to say to Jack, good luck. You are going to need it. Oh, one thing more for the NDP. They may be the official opposition now. With the Conservative majority, they will have even less influence in government then when they had less seats in the last parliament. Harper won't have to appease them any more with any of his legislation.

Now the Bloc Quebecois. I have called them the traitor party for quite some time. Why? Because their only goal was causing the separation of Quebec from the rest of Canada. They got their start in the election that followed after Mulroney's Progressive Conservatives last majority and were part of the political landscape in Ottawa since 1993. Well no more. They still have four seats, but they need twelve in order to have official party recognition. Most of their loses were to the NDP as I said before. Why was this? Well, possibly most Quebecers were finally sick of all the separatist talk and just want to move on as a province of Canada. Or, they were fed up with having minimal voices in the federal parliament in Ottawa. Time will show how things turn out. Especially in the next federal election or possibly by elections. Another indicator will be the provincial election next year. If the Parti Quebecois (another separatist party) continues to hold on to their seats or make any gains, then the BQ may make a return in 2015. Until then, farewell Giles Duceppe. I won't be missing you and your party on the federal scene.

Now on to the Liberal Party of Canada. The Liberals have been called "The Natural Governing Party" of Canada. Whether this conceit damaged their chances or just the tides of time, we shall see. The Liberals have gone from the highs of the Chretien Majorities down to a historic low of only 33 seats. Their worst showing since the founding of Canada in 1867. Yes the Liberal party is officially the oldest party in Canada. What caused this crash of support? Many fingers will be pointing the blame at Michael Igantieff, the current leader of the party. The Liberals have been on a decline for quite awhile. Perhaps they have lost their message, or they have moved a little too far to the left for most people. Needless to say that the scandals from the Chretien era still haunt them. It doesn't help that the Liberal Party of Ontario aided in their defeat. McGuinty's leadership has tended to anger a lot of people and that anger might have been transferred to the federal party. In the city of Toronto, long considered a Liberal stronghold, they went to a crashing defeat. Even Ignatieff lost his seat in the election to a Conservative. As of this morning he has tendered his resignation and will only stay on long enough for a leadership convention. I hope the man fades back into obscurity and doesn't bother with Canadian politics anymore. Another thing, people are saying that this is the death and end of the Liberal party. I don't think so. This is just a major setback. With the right message, and right leader they will be back again. It just might take a couple elections. They will be around for years to come.

Like I said, the big winner of the day was Stephen Harpers Conservatives. They have a strong majority that will stand until the next election. There will be some things that they can do immeditately to impress their base. Like finally getting rid of the long gun registry that has vexed many a legal rifle owner and many rural people. The Conservatives no longer have to appease the opposition parties to pass budgets or legislation. We may actually get some law and order legislation with teeth, and fiscally responsible budgets that will start reducing our national deficits.

I know that there will be a lot of screaming about Harpers "hidden agenda" his ties to corporations, and how the right wing will make this country worse. I don't care. I have seen my country slowly degrade under Liberal policies and Liberal governments. It's about time we turned to the right and tried to repair some of the damage caused by rampant spending and "social dreams".

One more thing. Just because the Conservatives are strong in Ottawa, doesn't mean I won't stop watching. I will hold them to the same standards as I hold the left. If they screw up....I am here, still watching.

Monday, May 2, 2011

He's Dead Jim....

Today is a great day. I woke up this morning to the news that Terrorist #1 (with two bullets now) is dead.

Here are a bunch of links that are celebrating Osama Bin Laden finally getting his just deserts

Scaramouche: Ding Dong Osama's Dead

Blazing Cat Fur: Osama Bin Laden Dead

The Blogmocracy: Bin Laden Is Dead
Meanwhile in Download City

Almost ten years since the most horrific terror attack on American soil. Justice has been served. Now, lets see if we can keep up the pace and take down the rest of Al Qaeda.