Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Re: Hand guns and Canada ... Drop off stateside?
"DON'T GO TO CANADA !"
I cannot believe the intolerance, lack of objectivity and complete ignorance about Canada, our laws, our people, and our culture as demonstrated by some of the individuals responding to this thread. Half baked notions about passport requirements (check the facts, it's the Department of Homeland Security that imposed that requirement, incidentally a US government agency), ridiculous assumptions about an incident involving a seemingly deranged individual who apparently could have been prevented from butchering a fellow passenger by someone carrying a piece, on a bus going down the highway at 60 mph, when the victim was probably as good as dead in a split second. What ever happened to the concept of due process? Even for mad men.
Remember Virginia Tech, or the clock tower in Texas, or going postal or numerous incidents involving the use of firearms because the hallowed Second Amendment to the Constitution sanctions the right to bear arms (including AK47's or Mack 10's or .50 caliber Eagles). How many Americans die daily, on average, owing to the prevalence of guns?
I concede that there may situations where carrying a firearm is justified. For many reasons, Canada has chosen to severely restrict ownership and possession of hand guns. At the end of the day, it comes down to respect of the law of the land. As a frequent visitor to the USA, I attempt to give due respect to America's laws. While I may not agree with some of these government strictures, good citizenship dictates that I am obliged to accept them for better or for worse. I think it is only reasonable that visitors to Canada do likewise. Making judgments on a nation of 30 plus million people based on a lack of understanding of the underpinnings of these laws does not really add anything to this debate.
Paul M. Feldman
2008 - R1200RT "Cino"
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