TheGunBlog.ca — Michael Hunter, the owner-chef at Antler Kitchen and Bar, is speaking out against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory’s plans for mass gun bans against hunters, farmers and sport shooters.
Hunter, a hunter who serves wild game, made international headlines last year after he butchered a deer in front of vegans protesting his west-end Toronto restaurant and bar.
For months he has been part of a growing group of prominent Canadians opposing the Trudeau-Tory plans to criminalize safe and responsible firearm users unless they surrender their gear.
“Canada needs real help for violence not false hope @JohnTory @JustinTrudeau,” Hunter said today on Twitter from his account @TheHunterChef.
Below is a seized handgun off our street. Prohibited for sale in Canada. So how did it get here? And what is a handgun ban going to solve? This gun is already banned yet here it is. Canada needs real help for violence not false hope @JohnTory @JustinTrudeau https://t.co/ZIFq8jWVcI
— Chef Michael Hunter (@TheHunterChef) November 16, 2019
He was sharing a Toronto Police tweet of a seized Hi-Point Firearms pistol chambered in .380 ACP.
“Prohibited for sale in Canada,” Hunter said. “So how did it get here? And what is a handgun ban going to solve? This gun is already banned yet here it is.”
Hunting and sport shooting are at the heart of Canadian culture and heritage.
- About 2.2 million men and women have a firearm licence, more than play golf or hockey.
- Millions more family and friends of all ages also shoot safely and responsibly under the control of permit holders.
- Everyone is banned from buying, selling or owning any gun without a licence.
Mass Gun Bans
Trudeau is threatening hundreds of thousands of licence holders with the biggest instant firearm confiscations in Canadian history.
- The measures he outlined during his re-election campaign last month would start by ordering owners to turn in about 250,000 mainly “Non-restricted” hunting and sporting rifles.
- He also promised laws allowing municipalities to expel handgunners by prohibiting their gear.
- Many police leaders oppose the plans.
- Many gun owners have said they won’t participate.
‘Don’t Be Fooled’
“Don’t be fooled by @JustinTrudeau,” Hunter tweeted Sept. 20, the day Trudeau presented the mass confiscations for the campaign. “his firearm ban is a ploy to get votes after his blackface scandal. Criminals are already banned from owning firearms and handguns. I’m all for following our strict laws but not new laws that won’t help our gang problem. #cndpoli #lies #blackface”
Don’t be fooled by @JustinTrudeau his firearm ban is a ploy to get votes after his blackface scandal. Criminals are already banned from owning firearms and handguns. I’m all for following our strict laws but not new laws that won’t help our gang problem. #cndpoli #lies #blackface
— Chef Michael Hunter (@TheHunterChef) September 20, 2019
Tory is campaigning for much broader seizures than Trudeau, after having opposed bans when he first ran for mayor in 2014.
“Crime needs to be addressed. Not legal gun ownership.” Hunter tweeted Feb. 23 where he shared an article about a prohibitionist group backed by Tory.
What about the hunting and sport shooting Canadians you and @BillBlair are throwing under the bus?! Blaming us for the Toronto Gang violence
— Chef Michael Hunter (@TheHunterChef) October 23, 2019
Some Other High-Profile People Against Trudeau-Tory Confiscations
- Allan Harding, Canadian national pistol champion
- Lynda Kiejko, Olympic pistol shooter
- Jim Shockey, world-class professional hunter
- John Hipwell, founder of Wolverine Supplies, a major gun distributor and store
- Stephen LeDrew, Liberal Party Former Leader