Opinion

Shoppers Drug Mart Pulls ‘Recoil’ After Toronto Ex-Mayor Tweets

21 Feb 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — It’s disappointing that Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., Canada’s largest drugstore chain, will stop selling Recoil magazine after a tweet by a former mayor of Toronto. The idea of boycotting anti-gun companies is appealing, but it’s unrealistic for most of us, and going to a competitor might be worse.

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SHOT Show 2018 Round Up: Aimpoint to Walther Via Surefire

28 Jan 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Here are some people, products, companies and humour that caught my attention this week at SHOT Show, the world’s biggest trade expo for the firearm industry.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Canadian Gunnies, Bribery Edition

23 Dec 2017

TheGunBlog.ca — Looking for a Christmas gift for someone who doesn’t have a gun licence? Here are a few ideas for Canadian shooters and hunters. Some of them have strings attached.

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Real Shooters Don’t Hide Their Gun Porn

17 Dec 2017

TheGunBlog.ca — Tens of thousands of Canadian shooters get Calibre magazine mailed to them in a package that masks the naked firearms on its cover. For Pierre Plourde, the desire to hide is why the gun-rights movement is failing.

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Ekos Doesn’t Only Run Polls About Gun Bans, It Promotes Gun Bans

5 Dec 2017

TheGunBlog.ca — Ekos Research Associates doesn’t only run opinion polls about gun bans, it also promotes gun bans.

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Is Statistics Canada Overstating ‘Firearm-Related Homicides’?

23 Nov 2017

(Update 14 May 2018: Adds data on automatic firearms and “firearm-like weapons” in ninth paragraph.) TheGunBlog.ca — Statistics Canada’s annual homicide report counted 223 “firearm-related homicides” last year. Data tables accompanying the publication show 30 of them, or 13.5 percent, may not involve guns at all.

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‘Guns Are a Symbol of Freedom’: Q&A With Paul Rogan in Yukon

2 Sep 2017

Paul Rogan, the founding editor of Canadian Access to Firearms, wasn’t always a libertarian thinker and activist. The 75-year-old campaigned for the socialists as a young adult in the 1960s in his homeland of France, before discovering the writings of Ayn Rand and experiencing a political conversion. TheGunBlog.ca met with Rogan today in Whitehorse, Yukon, to…

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Andrew Scheer, Maxime Bernier, Guns and Politics: Reflections

28 May 2017

Andrew Scheer wasn’t my first choice to lead the Conservative Party of Canada, until party members elected him last night. Now, Scheer is my guy and I want him to be prime minister. Following are some thoughts on what just happened and what comes next.

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Hoplotheists Need a Religious Exemption From the Firearms Act

26 May 2017

Canada accommodates people of all religions, except Hoplotheists1, members of the Church of Pew-Pewphilia. Read the main tenets of Hoplotheism below, then take the poll.

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NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Day One: The NRA Store

27 Apr 2017

I arrived in Atlanta today for the annual meeting of the U.S. National Rifle Association, which describes itself as “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization.” As far as I’m aware, the group’s more than 5 million members make it the biggest shooter’s rights association in the world. Some 80,000 people are expected at this year’s gathering, more than…

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Owning a Gun Doesn’t Make You a Criminal, By Steve Barta

20 Apr 2017

The following was written by Steve Barta in December 2015 after a shooting massacre in San Bernardino, California, and tweeted to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights. The CCFR replied today, just as news was breaking of a shooting attack against police officers in Paris. Timeless relevance?

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Gun Owners and the Charter of Rights After 35 Years: Some Links

17 Apr 2017

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The document’s legal and political significance and symbolism are as important as they are controversial for all Canadians, especially those of us who buy, sell, own, use or work with guns.

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The Bigger Story of CBC’s Video Recall Is What It Shows About Us

13 Apr 2017

The bigger story of what happened this week, beyond the micro-victory of getting the CBC to remove and fix a short video on Canada’s gun laws, is the display of power by grassroots, decentralized, uncoordinated, independent, networked actors.

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No Selfies With Guns, Halifax Police Say. You Know What We Say?

9 Jan 2017

Police in Nova Scotia have invented a new crime: posting photos of yourself with guns or anything that looks like a gun.

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Kevin O’Leary Gets So Much Wrong About Guns

27 Dec 2016

Kevin O’Leary, considering a run for leader of Canada’s Conservative Party and then possibly prime minister, gets so much wrong about guns.

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Watch ‘Armed and Reasonable: How to Buy a Gun in Canada’ by Vice

14 Dec 2016

Watching “Armed and Reasonable: How to Buy a Gun in Canada” by Vice is a breath of fresh air that is forcing me to ditch some assumptions. I always braced myself for the worst when reading so-called “news” or watching so-called “documentaries” about guns and gun owners in Canada. Most of what I see in…

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Stabbing Is Top Method of Homicide, So Why Such a Focus on Guns?

24 Nov 2016

Stabbings exceeded shootings as the leading method of homicide in Canada last year. Again. So why do we ignore knives and focus so much on guns?

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Laws Don’t Keep People Safe, People Do

25 Sep 2016
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Do Police Really Trust Their Lives to a Flawed Gun Database?

10 Dec 2015

A deputy commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police said he supports Quebec’s plans to recreate an expanded firearms registry and would like Ontario to do the same because it increases safety for the police and the public, Orillia Today reported today. “We are not supportive of the elimination of the firearms registry in any way,” Scott Tod…

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Don’t Be a Turkey Expecting Good Times Forever

26 Nov 2015

Today’s celebration of Thanksgiving in the U.S. reminds me of two things: I am thankful for my life, and I want to avoid being a turkey who expects the good times to last forever. The “turkey problem” was popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2007 book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.

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