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CPC Leader Erin O’Toole addressing the firearms policy at a media conference in Vancouver
Were you shocked? I, like many members of the firearms community, was caught off guard by Mr. O’Toole’s remarks on Sunday. The Trudeau campaign has been putting pressure on Mr. O’Toole about his firearms policy since the release of the Conservative Party of Canada’s ‘Canada Recovery Plan’. Trudeau is trying yet again to divide Canadians with this wedge issue, in true fashion deflecting from the real problems Canada is facing.
Mr. O’Toole, trying to shut down the gun politics in this election, utilized a media conference to clarify where he stands on the firearms issue and to respond to the Liberal camp allegations.
So, did Mr. O’Toole flip flop or not? In my opinion he has not, although he says he will keep the assault weapons ban and the May 1st 2020 order in council in place he also stated he would have a full review the firearms act. I have taken this to mean if Mr. O’Toole was to form government, he will not repeal the May 1st OIC immediately up on entering the door, instead he will come up with a new classification system and include all the firearms in Canada accordingly. For firearms owners this by no means is a win but it does give us a better chance at having a more fair and balanced evaluation of how firearms are classified in Canada. In this process we stand a chance the popular firearms we own could be returned from prohibited to their original class.
HOLD THE LINE
Do not be fooled, switching your vote now will only further Trudeau’s sneaky agenda. If Trudeau leads another government as Prime Minister then greater restrictions on firearms owners are sure to follow and all hope of regaining the use of the firearms stolen from our community will surely be lost. If you have not had a chance to review what the Trudeau government has in store if elected, I will point out a few of their plans here:
- Toughen our laws on banned assault weapons by making it mandatory for owners to either sell the firearm back to the government for destruction and fair compensation or have it rendered fully and permanently inoperable at government expense.
- Crack down on high-capacity magazines and require that long gun magazines capable of holding more then 5 rounds be permanently altered so that they can never hold more than 5 rounds
- Ban the sale or transfer of magazines that could hold more than a legal number of bullets, regardless of how they were intended to be used by the manufacturer.
Voting for any other party besides the Conservatives or staying home is a vote for Justin Trudeau. The NDP, The Bloc and The Green party have stated they support Trudeau’s attacks on legal firearms owners, some even saying Trudeau did not do enough!
The People’s Party of Canada have shown support for the firearms community but are unlikely to form a government with their current standing. If the future of firearms rights is a concern for you in this election your vote should stand with the CPC.
The Conservative Party of Canada and Mr. O’Toole will get my vote for this upcoming election and not just because of the firearms rights issue, I do not believe Canada can survive another four years of Justin Trudeau.