Week in Review – 24 Mar 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 139: Liberals Ignore Indigenous, Final Details for CCFR AGM, Tickets on Sale!

For the latest information on what's been happening at the CCFR, check out our most recent Podcast with host Rod Giltaca.

In this episode: Liberals get caught ignoring indigenous testimony at SECU, Spin Docs are yelping as usual, Toronto Sportsman Show debrief, tickets are on sale for the CCFR’s massive Annual General Meeting.

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SECU Meeting 60: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/SECU/Meetings

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2023 CCFR Annual General Meeting Weekend

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Tim Thurley: Don't believe gun-control advocates who say bans would save lives

Tim Thurley earned a Master of Science from Leiden University with his analysis of the long-gun registry’s lack of effect on Canadian homicide rates and spends much of his personal time continuing research on firearm policy.

Multiple groups and individuals, portraying themselves as experts in firearm research, have misstated the current body of comparable research on firearm deaths in Canada and continue to mislead readers at home and abroad.

One such organization, Doctors for Protection from Guns, falsely claimed in Time Magazine that “Canada risks following the path of the U.S. on gun violence” and stated in an opinion piece in the Toronto Star that the research is “unequivocal” that the bans proposed by Bill C-21 and the withdrawn amendments would save lives.

This is not true. It is not a difference of opinion. It is factually incorrect.

Canada has a substantial body of domestic research on firearm control issues. I know. I’ve even written some. It showed that the so-called “erosion” of gun control from 2006 to 2015 — which was mostly just the elimination of a costly, wasteful and ineffective register of non-restricted hunting and sporting guns — had no demonstrated effect on homicide, a fact backed by other rigorous research.

To be sure, some properly designed gun control absolutely can work. Licensing, permits, safe storage and background checks are all measures supported by a paper commonly cited by gun control lobbyists in Canada. Their only problem? Canada has all these measures. It has for over 30 years. Not only that, but the measures are widely supported by Canadian gun owners and even the Canadian gun lobby. Not a single major political party proposes eroding them.

Read more at National Post here

Listen: The Curious Task Podcast Ep. 177: Noah Schwartz - Does Canada Have A Gun Problem?

Host Alex Aragona speaks with Dr. Noah Schwartz about gun control in Canada and how recent attempts to review firearms policy have failed to address root issues and the causes of violence and crime.

Dr. Noah S. Schwartz is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley. His research focuses on advocacy groups, social movements, and firearms policy in Canada and the United States. His research interests include group politics and social movements; the politics of narrative and memory; the theories of the policy process; and firearms policy.

"I think my reading of the evidence, and I've studied this issue for about 5 years fairly extensively, would be that we don't have a gun problem in Canada per se. We really have a gang and a border problem."

"The problem with gun policy today is that both of Canada's major political parties have really lucrative, partisan incentives to be able to make this a political issue."

"For someone in a big city who doesn't know anything about guns other than what they see in the news about the US, they don't necessarily like guns, and they say 'ok well most guns are coming from the US, but who cares if we ban handguns? It can't hurt, right?' And the reality is [that] the harms that come from [these] policies don't necessarily get widely publicized. The harms not only to individuals who have invested huge sums of money, as I showed, into these hobbies that they're really passionate about, but also to the communities that form around these things, right? To have a handgun in Canada, you have to be a member of a range, you have to be involved in the shooting sports. There are communities that are created around these around these sports that are going to be destroyed by these legislative changes."

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This is an excellent discussion and we highly recommend that you take the time to listen to the full episode

Canada's Public Safety Minister, Marco Mendicino, has repeatedly told media he was working with several 'non-partisan professionals' to craft the Liberals latest 'gun control legislation,' including the disastrous anti-hunter gun control bill known as C-21, however, during the most recent safety committee meeting it was revealed by Raquel Dancho during cross examination that the Doctors For Protection From Guns had met with the federal Liberals at least 22 times since 2019.

It's pretty clear there is nothing 'non-partisan' about the relationship between the Doctors For Protection From Guns, and the Liberal government.

Watch the exchange from SECU here

Saskatchewan Public Awareness Campaign launches for firearms safety

The Saskatchewan Firearms Office launched a public awareness campaign on March 20th, 2023, aimed at promoting the safe use and storage of firearms in the province.

Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell said, "By improving public awareness, we can ensure that all owners use firearms properly and demonstrate safe behaviours for the next generation to follow."

While most firearms owners already follow or exceed proper safety, storage and handling practices, the Saskatchewan Firearms Office wanted to ensure all owners are aware of their important roles and responsibilities. 

The Saskatchewan Firearms Office is responsible for administering the Firearms Act in Saskatchewan, which details jurisdiction over the licensing, storage, transportation and use of firearms in the province.

Chief Firearms Officer Robert Freberg commented, "Following proper firearms safety tips and storage practices will not only keep you and your loved ones safe; they also ensure the safety and well-being of our communities across the province."

Read more at Discover Weyburn here

NOTICE: The RCMP CFP has begun sending newly designed PAL cards

Starting January 2023, firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) cards will have a different look, and contain enhanced security features.

Three versions of the valid PAL cards will be in circulation over the next five years as the Canadian Firearms Program transitions to the new PAL card:

  • standard cards issued from December 1998 to May 2022
  • interim cards issued between May and December 2022 that do not contain a magnetic strip on the back of the card
  • new cards issued starting in January 2023

The previously issued PAL cards will remain valid until they expire. All three PAL cards contain the required identification and licensing information. By December 2027, the previously issued PAL cards should all be expired and only the new cards will be in circulation.

If you already have a valid PAL card, no action is required on your part at this time; your existing PAL card will remain valid until it expires. New PAL cards will be issued on renewal.

See the official notice at RCMP.ca here

Highlight: Canadian Sport Shooting Olympian Lynda Kiejko at SECU (Meeting 59)

Lynda Kiejko is a Canadian pistol sport shooter and has twice represented Canada at the Olympics, Commonwealth games, and Pan American games.

In 2015, she won two gold medals at the Pan Am games in Toronto!

Her father Bill Hare, also a competitive sport shooter, was also a three-time Olympian athlete for Canada.

Lynda Kiejko represented Canadian sport shooters by answering questions from Conservative MP Raquel Dancho, while being completely disrespected by Liberal government MP Pam Damoff during questioning.

Watch on YouTube here

2 men charged in fatal shooting outside Fairview Mall

Two men are facing second-degree murder charges in the city’s latest homicide after a triple shooting turned fatal when a 21-year-old man died due to injuries sustained in the violent incident in a mall parking lot.

Officers were called to the Sheppard Avenue East and Don Mills Road area just after 4 p.m. Monday for reports of a shooting just outside Fairview Mall in North York.

Police initially located two 25-year-old men suffering from gunshot wounds. They were rushed to a trauma centre, one with life-threatening injuries and the other with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said a third man was dropped off at the hospital and later died from his injuries. That victim was identified as 21-year-old Madar Hassan of Toronto.

On Tuesday, investigators arrested 25-year-old Ahmed Mohamad and 25-year-old Samir Mohamed Unoos, both of Toronto. The two men are facing several charges, including second-degree murder and Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon.

Read more at CityNews Toronto here

Save the date: the next National Range Day will be on June 3rd, 2023

Please start planning or speak to your club executive to ensure your club is ready (and willing) to host an event for National Range Day in 2023.

There has never been a more important time to introduce your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to firearms ownership and use in Canada!

Commit to volunteering at your local event, or bringing someone who has not been shooting before. The long-term success of this annual celebration of the shooting sports is in your hands.

Listen to Episode 124 of our podcast for more info.


Please note that we are working on updating some of the promotional materials for 2023, and they will be available for all to use as soon as possible.


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