Archive for May 1st, 2012

Ontario denies gun registry claim but seeks to keep computer data

- May 1st, 2012

Ontario defies order to delete gun-registry data: Lawyer

by Kris Sims

OTTAWA – A guns rights expert says Ontario is ignoring a federal order to destroy the data contained in the now dead long-gun registry in an attempt to create a back-door registry of its own.

Superintendent Chris Wyatt, Ontario’s chief firearms officer, wrote to all gun store owners in the province, telling them to keep paper records of everyone who buys hunting rifles.

He also shared his interpretation of the federal order to destroy all long-gun registry data.

“Bill C-19 does not define record of registration,” writes Wyatt in a letter dated April 10. “The Chief Firearms Officer is taking the interpretation that a record of registration is the registration certificate number or a firearms identification number only.”

In other words, said criminal lawyer Solomon Friedman, the provincial office still intends to keep the names, addresses, firearms license numbers and number of long guns each person has in Ontario, as they were recorded during the federal registry, which Bill C-19 squashed.

“This is an attempt to create a shadow long-gun registry,” said Friedman, who specializes in firearms law.

“Parliament has said with the passage of Bill C-19, you do not need to keep a record of long gun transfers, you just need a valid license, the chief fire arms officer of Ontario disagrees apparently.”

The federal government wouldn’t comment on the specifics, but made it clear they won’t be helping anyone trying to salvage the registry.

“The federal government will not assist the provinces in setting up a registry by the back door,” said Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner in a statement.

“While this is a provincial issue, our government has always been clear: C-19 delivers on our government’s promise to end the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry once and for all and it has done nothing to keep Canadians safe.

“Canadians have been clear on their desire to end this $2-billion boondoggle that criminalized law-abiding Canadians.”

The feds aren’t saying what, if any, action they are able to take to ensure the destruction of the registry data held by Ontario.

“The entire approach that (Wyatt) is taking makes it very clear that the Chief Fire Arms Office is not content to administer the law, but wishes to impose law in an approach that Parliament has already abandoned.” said Friedman.

The provincial government says that is not their intention.

“Ontario does not have a province-wide gun registry or database, Ontario has no plans to create one. Period.” wrote Madeleine Meilleur, minister of community safety, in a letter to QMI Agency.

“Anyone selling a gun must keep a ledger, in their place of business, of the weapons they have sold. Those long-standing federal laws did not change when the national gun registry was abolished.”

Friedman said there actually is no federal law for store owners to keep paper ledgers of customers who buy hunting rifles, and that the practice predates the need for federally issued licences.

The federal Conservatives had promised for nearly two decades to destroy the federal long gun registry. It was most loathed in Western and rural Canada where many hunters and sports shooters live. Reform and Alliance MPs dubbed it the “billion-dollar boondoggle.”

Quebec is fighting the feds in court, trying to keep long-gun registry data held by their province.

Welcome back Occupy

- May 1st, 2012

MAY DAY TORONTODo you remember the Occupy movement last year?

Do you remember the smells, the strange demands and of course the assaults and the rapes? Those will be forgotten by most of the media as Occupy resurfaces today. Heck, most media outlets refused to cover the rapes and assaults to begin with.

Regardless Occupy is back as of today on “International Workers Day.” No surprise there, the goal of Occupy is and always has been international socialism and May 1st is an important day for the socialist movement.

I call these people socialists because I listen to what they say to each other, what they demand. I expect most media outlets will just continue to call them “protesters” and “activists.”

Over at Adbusters, one of the inspirations for the movement, they are calling for a general strike today and have a live stream set up to capture the sights and sounds of their march on Wall Street. They also have this posted.

Hey you dreamers, strikers and new left redeemers out there,

For thirty-one magical days beginning this Tuesday, May 1, we take the plunge and Strike! We block the Golden Gate Bridge; occupy a Manhattan-bound tunnel; seize the ports. In 115 cities, we march into banks, erect tents and refuse to leave. We disrupt financial institutions forcing thousands to preemptively close. Five thousand of us pray, dance, sleep on Wall Street and in front of the Fed and if the Bloombergs of the world bring out paramilitary police to intimidate us, we use our social media fire to call out 50,000 more occupiers and intimidate them right back.

At the official Occupy Wall Street website they are calling for an international general strike as well and have linked themselves to the Quebec tuition protests.

In Ottawa they are planning, among other things, a march on the Prime Minister’s office for noon. In Toronto a march is scheduled at 4pm and of course a general strike all day – “No Work No School No Shopping No Banking No Housework.” Occupy Vancouver will also mark May Day in some fashion which will apparently start by flogging themselves for being racist simply for existing on Canada’s left coast.

I’ve been saying since Occupy left last fall that they would be back in the spring. Some have argued with me that this was a spent force but those that did that assumed that Occupy was a grassroots movement that had fizzled. It isn’t.

This is a movement that has the backing of big labour, of many in the education establishment at the college and university level and even among many in the political elite (see Obama, Barack and Gore, Al).

Occupy is back today and with it, the attempt by the consensus media to portray these folks as average citizens outraged by some fault of capitalism instead of saying what they really are – socialists that want to overthrow the system.

About that video on “If I wanted America to fail”

- May 1st, 2012

I’ve had several friends pass on the video If I wanted America to fail. If you haven’t see it yet it is well worth watching. It was posted just in time for Earth Day as a rebuttal to what the environmental movement has become, an anti-human and anti-prosperity movement that wants fewer people living in worse conditions.

What struck me though is the similarities in spirit between this video and another one that gathered some attention online in the last few weeks, Paul Harvey’s If I were the devil.

Both are good and both are worth watching and sharing. Enjoy.

 

Ontario tries to set up it’s own backdoor gun registry

- May 1st, 2012

Ontario is registering long guns: Firearms lawyer

by Kris Sim

OTTAWA – Ontario is telling sellers of shotguns and rifles to keep paper records of all the people who buy long guns at their stores — a move one firearms advocate is calling a “back-door” long-gun registry.

The province’s chief firearms officer has gun sellers writing down buyers’ names, numbers and addresses. Read more…