Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unilaterally banned 1,500 models of “assault weapons” last month because, among other spurious reasons, “You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer.”
“So, effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade, assault weapons in this country,” he continued in his address to the country.
The move happened following the Nova Scotia attacks in April, during which a determined killer driving around in a replica police cruiser and dressed as an LEO killed 22 people over a shooting and arson rampage that lasted 14 hours.
The perpetrator illegally purchased four of the five firearms in his possession, only one of which was described as a “military-style assault rifle.” The fifth gun was stolen from a slain peace officer.
Needless to say, the countless gun laws and laws against murder already on the books in Canada did not stop this maniac.
The hope is that the new ban will stop the next determined killer. But if banning weapons is a viable way to stop violent criminals, Trudeau should have started with a knife ban — not a gun ban, argued a Saskatchewan firearms instructor in an interview with News-Optimist.Ca.
“It would be more logical for the Liberals to have knife control where every man, woman and child would have to take an eight-hour course, pass a practical and written test (80 percent), then buy a license to be permitted to handle and buy knives,” explained Gordon Dykstra of North Battleford.
Of course, Dykstra acknowledged that knife control would “be as stupid as gun control.”
But the underlying point he was making is that knives are used more often in violent crimes than firearms are in the Great White North, according to data from Statistics Canada.
It’s true. From the government website:
- In 2008, police reported 23,500 victims of violent crime committed with a knife or another piercing or cutting instrument. That number represents 6% of all victims of violent crime. Violent crimes involving a club or blunt instrument accounted for 3%, and a firearm, 2%.
- The rate of violent crime committed with a knife has remained stable since 1999. While the number of such crimes is low, they are most often homicides and attempted murders—approximately 1 out of 3 in 2008.
Dykstra also took umbrage with the manner in which the “assault weapon” prohibition was enacted, via executive fiat. What the Canadians call “order in council,” a decree that allows the prime minister to completely bypass Parliament.
“It was done during a pandemic so there could be no protesting or meetings among gun owners,” he explained. “Gun owners have other major concerns like the COVID-19, starting businesses, taking care of children not in school and financial problems.”
As GunsAmerica previously reported, Trudeau’s own government admitted in a 2018 report that “most gun crimes are not committed with legally-owned firearms” and “any ban of handguns or assault weapons would primarily affect legal firearms owners.”
That last point Dykstra was keenly aware of.
“I believe a lot of legal gun owners are going to be unknowingly breaking the law. The penalty for owning a prohibited weapon is two to 10 years (in prison).”
“As a legal gun owner, I feel the Liberals are telling us we are guilty of crimes other deranged people in the East have committed,” he concluded, referencing the higher crime areas like the city of Toronto.
Moving forward, Canadian gun owners will be required to forfeit their once lawfully owned firearms to the government. Failure to do so as Dykstra pointed out, will result in serious time behind bars.
Sadly, as a result of this forced disarmament, those compliant gun owners will be less prepared to deal with a madman should he come knocking at their door.