I am writing today to respond to the comments of Owen Myers in the Oct. 26 Weekend Telegram.
Sir, you are obviously very ill informed about firearms and Canada's firearm laws. Fully automatic firearms have been banned in Canada for many years. There is a very strict process already in place for the ownership of all firearms, even stricter for the ownership and use of restricted firearms.
You say that the government failed to make a distinction between military firearms and hunting firearms. Obviously, you have no idea that one of the most popular hunting firearms in Newfoundland and Labrador, the .303 Lee Enfield rifle, was the standard military rifle of Britain and the Commonwealth countries for two World Wars.
There are countless other examples of military firearms that are used for hunting. And to call legitimate gun owners “gun nuts with a with a weird infatuation” is an insult.
Legitimate gun owners are very careful people who only want to enjoy their hobby in peace. We have no desire to own rocket-propelled grenades or surface-to-air missiles, and for you to say this only shows how far uninformed people like you will exaggerate to try and make your points.
All firearms are dangerous if used improperly and banning any type of firearm will make no difference to crime levels.
The only people who will be affected are legitimate gun owners; they will be the people who will have to give up their firearms. People who have guns for a criminal purpose will not give up their firearms and no one knows they even have firearms until they are used in a crime. How do you plan on taking guns that no one knows about from people?
As you referenced the tragedy in C.B.S. as the reason for your letter, I will comment on that. Yes, the guns used were legally owned.
No one can predict when a person will lose it and do something terrible.
Human nature being what it is, there is nothing anyone can do to stop someone from doing evil, and if they don't have guns, they will use something else to do harm.
How many people have been murdered by knives, machetes, pieces
of pipe and countless other objects, including automobiles? It’s sad, but it’s how it is.
And to try and blame legitimate firearm owners for the acts of criminals and madmen is disgraceful.
As I said earlier, we are the safest people, as we know we are always being watched to see if we are doing things according to the law. We have to make sure we follow the law because we don't want to lose what we have and our hobby. And we know that every time a gun is used in a crime, we have to take flak about our hobby, even though we have done nothing wrong.