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Once you give your Rights away or allow them to be taken from you, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to ever get them reinstated. Once relinquished, in the heat of a moment, your Rights are lost for good - just ask the Canadians ....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/06/16/canadian-gun-enthusiasts-and-their-truly-bad-timing/
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Canadian gun enthusiasts and their truly bad timing

OTTAWA — The timing for Canadian gun enthusiasts couldn’t have been much worse. Just a few weeks ago, they presented an online petition to Canada’s Parliament urging the government to loosen its severe restrictions on the AR-15 rifle.


More than 25,000 Canadians signed the petition from a group calling itself the Lawful Firearm Owners of Canada urging the government to take the AR-15 off the list of officially “restricted” firearms and allow it to be used for hunting. Right now, the AR-15 can generally only be used at gun ranges, and users face tight rules on transport of the weapon.

Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, made it clear this week that he had no intention of loosening the restrictions on the AR-15. “The request has been made to change the classification but our position is no,” Goodale said. “The existing classification will remain.” He also said that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will continue to heed the views of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which administers the firearms law and recommends which guns are unrestricted, restricted or prohibited.


Tony Bernardo, executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, says it’s all very unfair, that the AR-15 used to be an unrestricted weapon but was incorrectly reclassified in the early 1990s simply because politicians thought “it looked scary.”


Incidents like the Orlando massacre are simply fueling prejudice against the rifle, he continued. “The media is doing a wonderful job at assassinating it. It’s just a gun.”

“We have never had a single crime committed in Canada by an AR-15," he said. "The AR-15 didn’t create the problem any more than fertilizer and diesel fuel [used to make improvised bombs] create problems.”


Canada makes it a lot harder than the United States for people to walk in off the street and buy a firearm. Gun shops are few and far between and the process for buying a gun takes time. And magazines for guns like the AR-15 are restricted to five bullets.

To legally own a gun, you have to apply for a firearms license, and take a mandatory day-long safety course. If it’s a restricted weapon like an AR-15 you have to take a second course. The RCMP advises on its website that any applicant has to anticipate a 45-day wait for an application to be processed, which includes a mandatory 28-day holding period. And there are background checks.


Gun lovers in Canada had considerable political sway under the previous government led by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which in 2012 abolished a mandatory long-gun registry covering all rifles and shotguns. The registry was deeply unpopular in rural areas.


Trudeau's Liberal government, in contrast, has promised to tighten up some gun laws and reverse some of the rules instituted by the Conservatives, but it won’t bring back the long-run registry.


As for the AR-15s, some politicians don’t think the rules are strict enough. Elizabeth May, leader of Canada’s Green Party, expressed consternation that the AR-15 is legal in any form. “It’s horrific that such weapons exist.”
 

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Amen to that... don't wait until it's too late to get involved.
 

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Amen to that... don't wait until it's too late to get involved.
That's the key.

Gotta get involved, gotta call, write, email and basically pester the living crap outta your elected representatives in Washington about this ... let them know where you stand.

And when all is said and done you have to decide where you draw the line ... and what will you do if they cross it?

Terribly dark, I know. But if you think about where your line is drawn and realize how dark and drastic it might become ... then getting involved earlier is the better option.
 
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Absoultely. Our founding fathers paved the way so we would have the rights to bear arms & to protect ourselves from Tyranny.
imo.. that's what happening NOW. Our govt is bearing down on us & trying to take away our rights.

Many countries had to learn the hard way. And now they regret it....
 
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