I Heard A Man Being Murdered, And No One Could Do Anything About It

An 18-year-old named Gabril Nikov was shot and killed just below my apartment window in Toronto two nights ago.

A witness who spoke to the Toronto Sun said he saw four men in an altercation just outside a Starbucks. They began fist fighting, and when the victim turned to enter the coffee shop, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him five times in the back. Another witness who spoke to CTV News Toronto said that, before firing, the gunman said, “You owe us money. This is what happens when you mess with people.”

Police are still looking for the three suspects, who can be seen fleeing the scene in surveillance footage from a restaurant across the street.

I heard five shots ring out just before 8:00pm on Wednesday night. I didn’t think much of it, as gunshots aren’t common in this part of the city, and strange noises are a regrettable feature of daily life. But if I had bothered to get up and look down at the intersection—one of Toronto’s busiest—I might have been able to see the pedestrians running for cover or the gunmen fleeing the scene.

The reaction from Torontonians was predictable. These two tweets sum it up:

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Faulting the police—who arrived several minutes after the shots were fired—is ridiculous, of course, but what else can residents of Toronto do? Canada’s largest city, like many cities in the U.S., strictly regulates the possession and use of firearms, and Canadians do not have a Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

This means that when I walk down the street, I have to rely on law enforcement to protect me from criminals with firearms. It’s that simple.

Another witness of the murder told CP24, “Nobody tried to stop anybody […] nobody did anything. They just stood there.”

The sentiment here is better than “blame the police!” But no one is going to tackle a man with a gun unarmed, and Toronto’s firearm regulations ensure that no law-abiding citizen was carrying a firearm at the time.

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The odds of someone with a gun stopping the murder were, admittedly, less than 100%. By all accounts, it happened in a fraction of a second, and the shots I heard were fired in rapid succession. But unless a police officer was also standing outside that Starbucks, there was a 100% chance Gabril Nikov was going to die.

Criminals get guns—no matter how strict the gun laws. We’ve seen it time and again (Paris, San Bernardino, etc.), and I nearly witnessed it in person Wednesday night. What bothers me is that, without the right to bear arms, I’m absolutely helpless. If someone points a gun at me or someone I love, there isn’t anything I can do to stop it.

I’ll be moving back to the United States next week, and I can’t wait to get back and reclaim the right to protect myself and my family.

About the Author: Jordan Michaels is a new convert to the gun world. A Canadian immigrant to the United States, he recently became an American citizen and is happily enjoying his newly-acquired Second Amendment freedoms. He’s a communications professional, a political junkie, and an avid basketball fan.

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  • joe saunders April 26, 2016, 5:28 pm

    with out their stingers, there would be no bees. the sparrow won’t mess with the brave little bee, as long as he has his stinger !!

  • waiting tundra April 23, 2016, 9:10 am

    Well I live right outside New Orleans, let me explain one simple fact. You can take the most liberal minded person that lived out hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and they are now 100% pro gun and were the 1st to buy high capacity hand guns and ar type rifles in the aftermath, lol. The rest of us already had them, lol. Oh and by the way they were not interested hunting rifles they were buying GLOCKS and AK’S, lol. Amazing how quickly sum people forget.

    • robert jensen April 24, 2016, 12:00 am

      Want to know why? A lack of imagination on the part of liberals.
      While conservatives have learned the lessons of modern society, and thus have no problem whatsover in imagining that criminals could someday attack them, liberals seem to almost innately lack this ability. Most liberals seem to blithely go through life, never occurring to think that they could be a crime victim.
      Weird, but sadly true.

      • Josh May 11, 2016, 2:26 pm

        You would think the liberals would have died out by now…

    • JJ357 May 3, 2016, 11:47 pm

      I give the New Orleans example ALL the time. People always say oh your talking about one of your Mad Max fantasies. Then I say ok what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. You had armed gangs going business to business and house to house looting robbing raping and murdering. People who had guns survived, people that didn’t aren’t around any more. Even the police were looting and murdering people it’s on You Tube. Even the Super dome where the Government told people to go turned into a jungle. People who think it’s going to be all neighborly need to watch this. New Orleans Is a microcosm of what’s going to happen when either and EMP attack or Solar Flare hits and 5,10, 40 states are without power. People who took the time to prepare AND have guns and ammo will do alright. People who didn’t will be victims. The power will be out six months minimum. Hopefully it never happens, but beans rice and potable water are a cheap lifesaver.

  • Martin Bury April 23, 2016, 8:23 am

    “This city’s kinda’ changing.” Yep, that’s what happens after decades of “progressive” immigration and multiculturalism that has destroyed your borders, language, and culture….

  • AggieSIGguy April 22, 2016, 8:57 pm

    Great article. The only thing I take issue with is the sentence “Canadians do not have a Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.” Neither do US citizens. Every one has a God-given right to keep and bear arms. The US constitution does not grant the right; it merely states that God-given right.

    • robert jensen April 24, 2016, 12:08 am

      While I agree with you, for the life of I cannot see that particular position championed by many leaders in the gun rights movement. For example, I can’t find even one position paper by the NRA, GOA, or any other major gun rights group, that states your position.
      It seems, sadly, that almost all leaders in the Gun Rights movement have stayed pretty far away from the “God” thing. Also, I can’t find any American politicians (perhaps Cruz?) that uses the angle of “God-given”) for rights.
      But, MORE of us need to consider using this angle. The whole reason for using “God” rather than the Constitution, is because we are fully aware that so long as the Constitution is used as our basis for rights, that the Liberals and Statists have a clearly identifiable (and malleable) target to focus their work on. On the other had, they lack the ability to change God, no matter what.

      • GK April 24, 2016, 11:02 pm

        You’re right… The Constitution means absolutely nothing to liberals, but to them, God means even less.

    • Alan April 24, 2016, 11:33 am

      Oh Really?!? Please show us WHERE in the Constitution it says ANYTHING about ‘God’?!?
      It doesn’t, and if you knew your Federalist papers, you would know why.
      Now, in the Declaration, it DOES state “Nature’s God”, and endowment of rights by the ‘Creator’ but that is the ONLY mention of a ‘God’ in our Founding documents, and for good reason.
      Please, read the Constitution, and get a better understanding of WHY our Founding Fathers did what they did.
      It’s almost as if they just KNEW that one day there would be another revolution.

      • mtman2 June 23, 2017, 9:51 am

        You must quite stupid to answer your own question in the affirmatve after denying it.
        Typical of those that hate what OUR “freedoms under Liberty” are based on and from as well as the very credit for OUR hope for success in the endeavor(it ain’t communism) you should read ALL the Founder/Framers writings rather than selectively to bolster your personal feelings.
        Biased anyone-???
        OUR “unalienable Rights” come direct from that God you mentioned isn’t there then pointed out that it was.
        Those Rights are-
        1) Life
        2) Liberty
        3) pursuit of Happiness
        The Creator God of Providence was mentioned 3-times in the Declaration once in the Constitution~!

  • Dana April 22, 2016, 3:55 pm

    HEYYY.!!!..That killer was not supposed to have a gun..Its the law ya know.The nerve of some people.

    • DaveGinOly April 23, 2016, 12:10 am

      Yeah, hard to believe this story at all, what with Canada being gun-free, eh?

  • mike owen April 22, 2016, 3:41 pm

    If crooks are willing to carry illegally there is no reason you can’t too.

    Shoot the guy and run away

    It’s way better to be judged by 12 than carried by six

  • Don Morris April 22, 2016, 1:18 pm

    The Canadian government’s response to gun violence is to “be seen to do something” about it,as in the 90’s when the Liberal government enacted the billion dollar Long Gun Registry,that did nothing but make the anti-gun crowd feel smug.
    There is a video available on youtube of a documentary done early this century by a Toronto TV station, of gangbangers in the Jane/Finch street area of that city, a huge welfare housing development not unlike those in Baltimore featured in the HBO police drama “The Wire”..Every one of the black gang kids in the video carried a pistol that is a restricted weapon in Canada,and very difficult for the average law abiding citizen to get. The police seem to ignore this ugly reality, but the City built numerous basketball courts to give the kids something to do in their spare time,when they weren’t dealing dope.

    The Canadian Justice Minister at the time of the LGR ,Allan Rock, now Dean of the University of Toronto, stated that “self defence is not a legitimate use of a firearm in Canada”. The government recommends you run away, then call the police,who have become morgue attendants more than law enforcement officers.
    We Canadians who own guns, envy you Americans for your Constitution,the greatest in the world, so much better than our Charter of Rights,which are doled out by the government at their whim. No, we aren’t legally allowed to defend ourselves,even in our homes,we’re supposed to run out the back door while a home invasion enters the front door, according to police.

    They are trying to create a Nation of compliant sheeple, the better to take us into the “One World Government” tyranny most of our socialist politicians dream of. Yanks, cling to your guns with all your might,fight the bastards who’d take ’em away,such as Hillary Clinton, and continue to give hope to the rest of the world that at least one Country still exists where the people are NOT slaves to the State.

    • Ray April 25, 2016, 2:28 pm

      Well said, mate. Your country has bought the socialist BS for far too long; the “chickens have come home to roost”.

  • Dave April 22, 2016, 12:59 pm

    Police did not prevent this murder? How naive. Police are there to clean up and investigate after the fact.

    • McCarty April 23, 2016, 12:35 pm

      Now, now they’re there to do more than that if needed! If you seemingly “get in the way” of a “investigation” they’re there to arrest you for “interference of a lawful investigation”. After said arrest you can be beaten, cuffed & stuffed, then tossed in a cell for however long they feel like holding you. Remember! Law enforcement is there to “protect & serve” the citizens!

  • Bob April 22, 2016, 12:39 pm

    If you are coming back, move to a Free state, not California, where the politicians spend tyheir day thinking up new ways to take our rights away.

    • Bob April 22, 2016, 1:19 pm

      The fact is this if you’re going to own a weapon you need to train. Places like front site .man like Craig Sawyer that train tactics self and family protection are you necessity if you’re going to own a weapon and be a responsible gun owner.going shooting paper targets at the local range is good to hone your skills but I would have to insist that tactical training is what everyone needs.

      • Factfinding April 22, 2016, 6:14 pm

        Gotta love Chechen immigrants. Some of the truly most violent people on this planet who like many other misfits in our society are bring their clans and violence with them.

        • McCarty April 23, 2016, 12:30 pm

          Yep, FEEL THE LOVE!

      • Froggieonthehill April 23, 2016, 5:19 pm

        Bob
        Do the tactical trainers use real people to shoot or do these instructors use paper/cardboard?
        We gun owners are turning into our own worst enemy anymore with this “OH GOD you have to take $5,000 in special classes to learn to defend yourself from the bad guys

        The tactical training helps immensely and can save the defenders life but insisting that other people or everyone take special or tactical classes in order to own/carry a gun for defense is crazy and not warranted

        Talk and demands like this from gun owners themselves gives the lefty gun grabbers more ammo for their BS agenda

        I don’t know if you live in California but it seems like that is a possibility from your first post but your insistence on tactical classes sounds like California talk and may be the reason California is in the shape that it is and that is being under total control of the government and leftists that heavily occupy California

        • Mike April 25, 2016, 7:08 pm

          Tactical training is a fancy word for being careful to point your weapon only at “something” you intend to destroy, keep your finger off the trigger until your are aiming at said “something” and make sure of your intentions before even drawing the weapon. Too many new gun owners think that they will magically hit anything the weapon is pointed at. Tactical training gets the trainee used to the idea of shooting with elevated breathing and shaky hands. Try to make it real while training, and when it is real, maybe that training will pay off. Does the military give a bunch of young boots a weapon and send them to the battlefield without “tactical training”? Why would a gun owner try something that inane? If you want to protect those you love, make yourself as dangerous as possible when it is needed; this includes owning an adequate weapon along with tactical training. Even in California, responsible gun-owners prepare for the worst; Or you could just rely on Law Enforcement to take pictures and make chalk outlines of the bodies.

          • Froggieonthehill April 29, 2016, 12:29 am

            Mike
            I did say tactical training helps immensely but my problem is with some gun owners insisting that people take tactical training before they can carry or own a gun and that sentiment is BS
            No one should be required to take tactical training before being allowed to defend themselves although if people have the resources then yes, they should make themselves a more deadly defender
            As for the military, This is a bad analogy to a civilian practicing their 2nd Amendment right where our own military bases won’t allow weapons to be carried by service men/women which makes them all an easy target which is total BS

  • Mr Sparkles April 22, 2016, 12:02 pm

    I agree with those who responded that they only would draw to protect themselves or one of their loved ones. But the point I would like to make, is that in an environment where only criminals carry guns, they feel free to shoot a man in the back. They know that the likelihood of anyone having a similar advantage, a handgun, is very small so they can act with impunity. And who is to say that one of those five shots might not hit an innocent bystander. Hooray for our founding fathers and to hell with liberal politicians.

  • Alan April 22, 2016, 11:19 am

    Canada, like MANY Socialist Nations, has been ‘fudging’ their crime rates for some time now, owing to their fondness of Tourist monies.
    The quoted stats for crime in Canada is highly suspect, since the death toll of younger people vs. crime rate is way off.
    Same with Australia and European communities.
    We’re being lied to.

  • Pat J April 22, 2016, 10:35 am

    “You owe us money”
    The victim was likely as wretched as the shooter.
    You get involved with cops, lawyers, and judges if you want, my .45 stays concealed unless it’s somebody I really give a shit about. There are 7.5 going on 12 billion people on this planet, be a smart hero.

    • GK April 24, 2016, 11:14 pm

      It’s every man for himself. The thought of saving an innocent citizen is a nice thought, but doing so may very likely land you in prison for a long time, with every penny in your savings going to your defense. You have to consider what’s best for your own family first.

  • joppafarms April 22, 2016, 10:15 am

    Just have to say that 2/3 of you supposed gun owners didn’t take the time to go vote in the last 2 presidential elections. But you sure sounded off on this article. How about you get off your lazy ass this November and protect your constitutional right guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment and go vote for any politician who has an A rating by the NRA. Otherwise shut up

    • Zane April 22, 2016, 11:57 am

      I agree whole completely. Just because we don’t happen to particularly like the candidate in our party doesn’t give us a pass to just stay home. VOTE!!

    • Ralph Solli April 22, 2016, 12:25 pm

      Your comment hits the nail on the head!. Unfortunately, many Democratic gun owners will still cast a vote for thier party’s candidate even if it means having their constitutional right to keep and bear arms taken or watered down. Now, it’s not just Democrat gun owners, but also those who are Republicans that need to have a reality check. You may not like the Republican candidates that may well run against Hillary, but think of the consequences if you don’t support them and she becomes our next President. As for the interdependent gun owner, if you are truly independent, the choice is simple, Hillary, would make you less independent, while stifling you freedoms to choose what you buy wear, do business, religious freedoms and the list goes on. This 2016 election is the most important election we will ever have in the 21st century, DON’T BLOW IT!

      • L. Lee April 22, 2016, 8:16 pm

        This is one individual who won’t be voting for the Democrat candidate. I’ve held offices in the district, county and state Democrat party, I’ve ran campaigns, not worked on them, but ran campaigns for Democrat candidates for local, county, state and congressional offices.
        Now, I’m embarrassed to say I actually voted for Obama. I’m sorry to say the Democrat Party has gone to hell under his reign, but the Republican’s are sure as hell not a shining star. The GOP’s constant bickering has hurt our country tremendously and made themselves look childish to a World that has always looked up to our country.
        Unless Cruz ends up being the candidate, I’ll vote for a republican for the first time ever.
        So yes, get off your ass and quit complaining. In addition to the vote, volunteer on a pro-gun candidates campaign and don’t be afraid to contribute a couple dollars to their campaign. It’s expensive out there.
        Sad to say, I think it’s only going to get worse.
        I understand the Democrats are going to offer government employment to the illeagal immigrants. They’ll be hired to go door to door and confiscate guns.

        • phergus April 24, 2016, 11:30 am

          Lee , so if Se. Cruz somehow makes the grade you will in effect cut your nose off to spite your face and vote for cankles McFraud ?. ANYONE…ANYONE running is a better option than Cankles McFraud with her filthy lucre fund.

    • richsplace April 22, 2016, 10:02 pm

      Well said joppafarms ! ! !

    • WaratteInu April 23, 2016, 2:49 am

      Yeah vote for those turncoat A+ NRA politicians. BAH! NRA wrote the 1968 gun control act which is the camel’s nose!

    • beav April 24, 2016, 8:51 pm

      amen, brother! you said it perfectly.it’s people like you and me and others that need to unite and stand together, no matter what.

  • grifhunter April 22, 2016, 10:09 am

    To the Canadian above who tried to compare UD v Canadian gun death rates, why didn’t you account for the number of gun SELF DEFENSE uses annually in the US. Gun murders number only 11,000, yet firearms self defense uses are anywhere from several hundred thousand to over a million instances annually. http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcdguse.html

    It stands that the firearms self defense uses in Canada would be disproportionately low to nonexistent, resulting in more defensless victims like the one described in the story above. So great, lower gun death rate, but your people are victimized for it.

  • Odin April 22, 2016, 9:39 am

    I don’t feel a bit sorry for the Canadians who can’t bail out. They have always displayed a liberal smugness about the U.S. and its guns and–other attitudes. I am glad they are getting a taste of reality. Poor babies.

  • wolfpack-bravo April 22, 2016, 8:58 am

    Never register, never surrender.

  • Chris April 22, 2016, 8:39 am

    Carry a can of Wasp and Hornet killer in a satchel on your person at all times if you live in one of these inhuman travesties the liberals call ‘gun-free cities’. Most of these God-Forsaken places like Canada outlaw mace and tasers and any form of victim-prevention you care to mention – I left out guns because it’s all but certain they will be banned in these hell-hole cities like Toronto. Spray those SOBs in the face with your hornet killer and run. Now – anything you do to hurt these poor degenerates ( they were only trying to better themselves, after all) can and WILL be used against you in court (IE ‘He sprayed this poor man with hornet killer your Honor, and now he’s losing vision in one eye! The inhumanity of these people, your Honorablness!) but at least you’ll be alive and the perp will have a new found respect for cans of Raid. In my book, if someone had stepped out of that Starbucks with a 12ga and put all of those perps 6’ under it would have been worthy of a Nobel – for securing the peace in a manner that can’t be denied.

    • Stephen Thomas April 23, 2016, 11:03 am

      Another state to avoid is New York. The laws here tell us to Run Away too. Can you out run a bullet?

  • Mamamel Pito April 22, 2016, 8:29 am

    When you move back to America, avoid CALIFORNIA altogether, we’re headed in the same direction, if not already there!

  • H.Earl April 22, 2016, 8:22 am

    What could they have done? Nothing.
    even here in the USA in a situation like that there was nothing anyone could have done to stop it … Other than the young man not getting into a fist fight in the first place

    • Gorty April 22, 2016, 9:42 am

      Exactly, nothing could have been done. I carry and and I wouldn’t have done anything either had I been there. I carry to protect ME and MY family. 99.9% of law abiding gun owners would not have fired a round at the assailants in this article. They would (as I) have ducked, looked for the closest exit, and if time permitted drawn my weapon. But to think that ownership by everyone in that Starbucks would have somehow PREVENTED it….ridiculous. An armed society is not always a polite society. Criminals will be criminals, you can only look out for yourself. Canada is what it is, if you don’t like it, come on back and exercise your right. Stupid article.

      • Doc April 22, 2016, 7:23 pm

        The flaw in your argument is that in Canada, which could be considered a “gun free zone”, criminals know that none of the law-abiding citizens will be carrying. They won’t hesitate to use firearms to wreak havoc. It’s proven that where the citizens are allowed to carry firearms to protect themselves, criminals think twice about when and where they strike. Just the question of whether someone might be carrying can prevent some crimes.

        • Ray April 25, 2016, 2:36 pm

          Good rebuttal to Gorty. His logic is flawed, and Heinlein was not wrong when he said “an armed society is a polite society”.

    • KBSacto April 22, 2016, 2:25 pm

      Unfortunately, criminals in gun control areas know the likelihood of being shot by an armed citizen is practically zero. They know few are and can carry firearms and thus are easy victims; this results in increased criminal gun violence. The level of criminal gun violence in Chicago, Ill and New York city where gun control is at its highest in the US speaks to this.

      These criminals also know that the event will be over and they’ll be gone long before the police will arrive. Without the right to bear and use firearms, law abiding citizens are essentially hopeless potential victims. When we have to resort to the idea of carrying hornet spray, it is clear that liberal governments are succeeding bit by bit to disarm citizens; many of us in the US believe the purpose for this is to have citizens believe they have no other choice but to surrender even more of their liberties so the government can protect them.

      If Canadians were allowed to carry concealed, and use their firearm when imminent harm is at hand, the likelihood of this shooting would be much less. Believe it or not, we in California “currently” have the right to use a firearm in certain circumstances to protect ourselves AND others in violent situations. The fear of doing so however is real as California citizens using a firearm in this manner will be treated as a criminal until they prove themselves compliant with the law in using their firearm.

    • Froggieonthehill April 23, 2016, 5:35 pm

      H.Earl
      There was someone that could have done something, the guy that got shot in the back and killed could have done something to save his own life if he was allowed
      As for “Not getting into a fistfight in the first place” maybe he didn’t want to get in an altercation but seeing how the 3 attackers were upstanding law abiding citizens there is probably no way that they forced the guy into the altercation by jumping the deceased huh? huh?

  • Alec peirce April 22, 2016, 8:17 am

    Typical misinformation spread by the gun-totin’ mob. I am a Canadian (thank God). I have traveled the wonderful USA from coast to coast and have many great American friends – including cops, hunters and gun collectors. Allow me to set some “facts” straight.
    1. Canadians can buy, own, carry and use at will (for legal purposes) any guns.
    2. Canadians can buy guns much more easily than Americans – no FFL, no 3-day wait, etc (to the surprise of my visiting US friends). Gun shop + credit card = gun!
    3. Only police or other authorized persons can carry handguns in public legally. Handgun owners can only carry when going to and from gun clubs or gun events.
    4. Canada has 30 million people (same as California) and has a death rate by gun of 2 per 100,000.
    The USA has 300 million and a death rate by gun of 10.5 per 100,000 (2014).

    Despite claims that guns protect, it’s obviously not true.
    We enjoy unrestricted access to guns for any and all legal activities (defined by myself as NOT KILLING HUMANS) without the constant worry about the guy in the car beside me or sitting in the next booth at McDonald’s thinking I’m looking at him funny!

    • Alec peirce April 22, 2016, 8:34 am

      I’m a Canadian gun nut.
      I am a fan of guns – AND gun control (meaning trying our best to keep guns out of the hands of perps).
      It is embarrassing to hear fellow gun nuts using loud and bombastic claims that are not factual (Trumpisms?) to bolster their gun totin’ agenda. It does not help our(?) cause to lie or exaggerate.
      Canadians can obviously defend themselves if threatened, even using deadly force if justified. I admit it would be hard to justify to a jury why I shot a fleeing burglar 5 times in the back. No television is worth taking a life. But you can do whatever is reasonable to protect your life.
      A public defender is ALWAYS supplied to anyone charged be it a gun crime or a misdemeanor (1/2 joint in an ashtray for example). It’s simply stupid to think or say otherwise and that kind of talk is ammunition (pardon the pun) for the antis!

    • wade osborne April 22, 2016, 9:32 am

      Alec, read number 3 again. compare it to number 1. you have to be an idiot.

    • Jim Garrison April 22, 2016, 10:12 am

      You should look into the gun laws in Canada before replying. Without a permit, which requires an extensive background check, you cannot buy, own, or possess a gun of any type, not even a BB gun, if it fires a BB more than 500 feet per second.

    • Chick April 22, 2016, 11:51 am

      I recently talked to a Ontario resident who told me he owns 3 guns. He said it took 3 to 6 months to get each one and they are extremely expensive there. He said that each purchase leaves you under the scrutiny of the local police as to whether you may buy a firearm. Much paperwork. When I told him I owned 10 firearm!s, his friend jerked his head up and said in Canada, I would be criminal #1.

    • Keith April 22, 2016, 3:53 pm

      Canadians are also limited to five and ten shots in their firearms along with heavy restrictions on where you can take them. Read the below website on the crippled firearm ammo capacity Canadian citizens are smacked with:
      http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/bulletins/bus-ent/20110323-72-eng.htm

      Avoid New Jersey, California, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut and a few other states that have draconian laws against civilians and gun ownership.

    • christos808 April 22, 2016, 4:42 pm

      That’s a lot of misinformation right there.
      1. Canadians can buy, own, carry and use at will (for legal purposes) any guns. — Really? try buying an AK47, or a snub-nosed revolver. The fact is the list of prohibited firearms is quite long. Oh, and you don’t seem to understand what “carry” means, but I’ll get back to that in point 3.
      2. Canadians can buy guns much more easily than Americans – no FFL, no 3-day wait, etc (to the surprise of my visiting US friends). Gun shop + credit card = gun! — While technically that’s true, you left out the fact that this only applies to people who own a firearms license. The process for obtaining said license is quite long and involves mandatory safety training, extensive background checks and looooooong waiting periods. But it’s true that once you have the license it is quite easy to buy a gun, as long as it’s not prohibited.
      3. Only police or other authorized persons can carry handguns in public legally. Handgun owners can only carry when going to and from gun clubs or gun events. — That’s not carrying, that’s called transporting, as in bringing the gun from one place to another. Carrying means keeping it on your person at all times, which is absolutely forbidden in Canada.

      • VINNY April 22, 2016, 10:29 pm

        Well Done,christos808

    • Charlie 1 Niner April 22, 2016, 5:18 pm

      You must be confused Alec you stated the following, but in fact they are not correct:

      1. Canadians can buy, own, carry and use at will (for legal purposes) any guns.

      FACT: Canadians with the proper Non-Restricted license may purchase non restricted long guns, own, sell (to other license holders), carry and use them for legal purposes.
      Canadians with a Restricted firearm license may purchase all Non-Restricted firearms, as well as: hand guns, and restricted use long guns, own, sell (to other Restricted or Prohibited license holders), carry (only with proper government issued documentation, with a trigger lock on the firearm and inside a locked case) and use them for legal purposes (only at an approved gun range).
      Canadians with a Prohibited firearm license may purchase all non-restricted and restricted firearms but also prohibited hand guns (with a barrel length less than 105mm), long gun (which is less than 660 mm in length or is 660 mm or greater in length and has a barrel less than 457 mm in length), and automatic firearms. The may own, sell (to other Prohibited license holders), carry (only with proper government issued documentation, with a trigger lock on the firearm and inside a locked case) and use them for legal purposes (only at an approved gun range).

      2. Canadians can buy guns much more easily than Americans – no FFL, no 3-day wait, etc (to the surprise of my visiting US friends). Gun shop + credit card = gun!

      Fact: Non-Restricted License is granted only after a one day Government approved safety course has been completed with a passing grade of 80% and the proper documented paperwork (including background check). After1-6 months you receive your license…..then Gun shop + Non-Restricted license + credit card = Non-Restricted gun!
      Restricted License is granted only after a Two day Government approved safety course has been completed with a passing grade of 80% and the proper documented paperwork (including background check). After1-6 months you receive your license…..then Gun shop + Restricted license + credit card + proof of range membership + ATT (government authorization to transport – usually a 1 day wait) = Restricted gun!
      Prohibited License is only granted to collectors which were grandfathered in on Dec.1/1998 when these messed up laws came into effect.
      3. Only police or other authorized persons can carry handguns in public legally. Handgun owners can only carry when going to and from gun clubs or gun events.

      Fact: Regular handgun owners can only legally carry a loaded firearm when at the firing line at a range or engaged in a shooting event course. Individual ranges may have special provisions, but usually ranges can allow members to carry a holstered and unloaded firearm (with magazine removed). You cannot “carry” (unless it is rendered inoperable by means such as a trigger lock and inside a locked case) when going to and from a gun club.

    • Froggieonthehill April 23, 2016, 5:49 pm

      Alec peirce
      My first thought when I read your post was “Ha, talk about misinformed” and it still stands but I have a question for you and I ask you how well did the “Legal activity of NOT KILLING HUMANS” work out for the deceased?

      And how well did the “Gun Control”that you’re in favor of to “Keep the guns out of the hands of perps” work out by keeping the gun out of the hand of the “Perp” which is a killer work out?

      The rest of your post/s are typical liberal bunk that has been debunked many times but you high and mighty liberals with the extremely high intelligence know what’s best for the rest of the low life citizens don’t you?

      So by your statement/post you are saying you are in favor of guns, which your words contradict but you are in favor of guns but detest the idea of self defense and self preservation?

  • james April 22, 2016, 8:01 am

    dealing with a drug dealer,is dangerous especially on credit.I was on grand jury last year: Oh my,that was a blast.one case of the 600 or so was. a dealer had sold drugs on credit,& later tried to collect,buyer is avoiding him. after several visits he catches the buyer, so buyer goes to atm with seller but he ant got no money.so on return to buyer’s house the buyer offers dealer a chrome pistol (It ant loaded.) witnesses say the dealer don’t want the pistol. user goes into house and gets his a pump shotgun (it is loaded 12 ga. 00 buck ) the dealer on seeing he has been had raises the empty pistol and snaps it at the customer,who laughs and pops him with the shotgun two in the back one in the chest and their were drag marks on the floor where he tryed to drag him into the house. (a mith acc.mobile police ) . can’t tell you how we voted it is secrit.

  • Al April 22, 2016, 7:15 am

    First of all, I’m all for sensible right to carry laws. Bit of a spin here though, sure this may be what’s happening in Toronto – who’s broken leadership has always plagued that city. Montreal isn’t much smaller and they have had just a single gun shot murder all year. Plus one stabbing. I prefer you’re articles that highlight heroics by those who are carrying. Let the other side stick to spin.

  • Jay April 22, 2016, 6:35 am

    The right to protect one’s self is a God-given right. Therefore, it is inalienable–it can neither being given nor can it be taken away by another person. That includes everything from the lone thug to a tyrannical government.

    • Aaron April 22, 2016, 10:25 am

      And THERE is real truth of all of it. Recognized legal or not by the government, stick to you inalienable, GOD given rights.

  • Flight-ER-Doc April 22, 2016, 6:12 am

    Not only do Canadians lack any right to bear arms in their own defense, they lack the basic human right of self defense in any form: Become a party to saving your own life through any violent means no matter how proportional to the threat and you will be arrested, charged by the government and on your own for your defense (no right to a funded defender).

    Canadians are not citizens, they are serfs….

    • Larry C April 22, 2016, 11:13 pm

      Flight doc is correct. I am a dual citizen that stays in the USA now. I worked in courts as translator. An open / shut case of self-defence in most of the USA is still charged with murder or at a minimum man slaughter in Canada. The chance of being found not guilty is low to very low. Time and again I have been in a Canadian court to see a guilty virdict (usually trial by judge alone)where the circumstances screamed that the charged person was saving his own life of that of a loved one. Even if one beats the charge, you are out by a couple hundrd thousand dollar or more in the defence. Your life is ruined regardless of virdict.

  • Joe April 22, 2016, 5:35 am

    I can think of no better reason to keep Hillary out of the White House this November.

  • Dustin Eward April 22, 2016, 4:39 am

    Of course nobody did anything. Of course they just stood there. They aren’t allowed to do anything else.

  • Martin B April 18, 2016, 5:07 pm

    The name of the victim makes it seem like a Russian mob thing. The remarks of the shooter indicate this was either a drug or gambling debt (presumably now cancelled). But the cops arrested a black guy, so he musta done it. So pay for your drugs people, these chaps are serious. Either way, you’re on your own.

  • Will Drider April 15, 2016, 11:57 pm

    The law abiding citizens of all Countries can have firearms Rights and freedoms. You must demand them from you Government and keep replacing those who obstruct and deny your access. Then you must fight every attempt to curtail or place restriction on these rights, every single day from then on. To do nothing to protect yourself is the same as standing in line to be a victim.
    Canadian gun control was started to help control a rebellion over land in the late 1860s. Of course the Gov loved the control and expanded to all areas under its authority. Canadians citizens have ALLOWED their Government to expand gun control to where it is today with very few reversals regarding administrative crap. As crime increases and the threat of it hits close to home, maybe the silent majority of pending victims will speak out and achieve the level of protection and responsibility for their own safety. No one can do either one for them.

    You are lucky to come to the U.S. but it does nothing to help other Canadians who can’t bail out.

    • mtman2 June 23, 2017, 10:05 am

      Well then is archery equipment legal for home defense?
      A few criminal creeps getting arrowed might address home invasion problems….eh~!

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