Campaign #16 - Mandate Letter/Full Ban
Bill Blair, the newly appointed Minister of Border Security & Organized Crime, received his mandate letter from the Prime Minister with the following task laid out for him to complete:
"Support the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on the passage of Bill C-71, and work together on additional policy, regulations or legislation that could reduce crime involving the use of firearms and keep Canadians safe. You should lead an examination of a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians."
Let the Minister know that such a ban would impede on the lawful use of firearms while being wholly ineffective in preventing crime.
Dear Minister Blair
In your inaugural mandate letter as Minister of Border Security & Organized Crime, the Prime Minister tasked you with leading "an examination of a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians."
With over half a million Canadians licensed to own restricted firearms (ref. 1) and over one million such firearms owned (ref. 2) there is no possibility of such a ban not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians. In fact such a ban would be the largest impediment to the lawful use of firearms in Canadian history.
A full ban on handguns and assault weapons would be very costly to Canadians too. Whether the government chose to ban them outright or use the grandfathering provisions in bill C-71, affected owners would suffer a significant financial loss. A class action lawsuit against the government for compensation of property value and taxes paid would easily reach $500,000,000 on the low end. That's just $500 per firearm. Most are much more expensive than that. The final value could easily surpass one billion dollars.
But most importantly to all Canadians, a full ban on handguns and assault weapons is an empty gesture that will not have an impact on violence in Canada and our cities in particular. With your past experience as Chief of the Toronto Police Service I'm sure you will concur with the following:
"I'm not sure if a complete ban is the answer."
- RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, August 18, 2018
"It would be unmanageable and unfair to the majority of handgun owners who obey the law and always use their guns safely. Let’s effectively deal with the criminals that do not obey the current criminal law."
- Chris Lewis, former OPP Chief, August 18, 2018
"Even if we make them more illegal than they already are, criminals will still come into possession of them, and still use them for illegal purposes."
- Adam Palmer, CACP President, August 15, 2018
"A gun ban is not the solution. In discussions with @JohnTory to get the resources we need now to improve public safety & reduce officer burn-out"
- Mike McCormick, president of the Toronto Police Association
TPS data tells us that while homicides with firearms are up 42% in Toronto 2018 over 2017, homicides with knives are up 275% and homicides by other 217% (ref. 3). Why is this government's priority licensed gun owners? You know better than most that police work is hard. Don't let your government get away with taking the easy road of scapegoating licensed gun owners. Make them do the hard work. Canadians deserve it.
Refs. 1) https://thegunblog.ca/2017/04/26/gun-licences-rise-to-record-for-second-straight-year-in-2016/
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