Dangerous Fallacies at the Heart of the Gun Debate

TheGunBlog.ca — Here are a few dangerous fallacies at the heart of discussions about guns and gun ownership. Introduction Where do these fallacies come from? What makes these statements fallacies? Why are these fallacies dangerous? Fallacies Fallacy: We have gun laws. (We have gun control.) Reality: We have people laws. (We have people control.) The…


I Am an ER Doctor, Hunter and Competitive Shooter: Greg Mosdossy

TheGunBlog.ca — The following letter by Gregory Mosdossy was e-mailed to TheGunBlog.ca and others. (The National Post published a version on April 9.) Introduction I am an emergency physician, senior consultant and associate professor at an academic health sciences centre caring for both adult and paediatric populations for over 30 years. I have worked in…

How Terrorists Run the World, and Other Thoughts on New Zealand

TheGunBlog.ca — A man shot 50 people dead and injured 34 others at two mosques on March 15 in Christchurch, New Zealand, the New Zealand Herald reported. The following are personal thoughts related to the event and its significance. How Mass Murderers and Terrorists Run the World Here’s how criminals and terrorists hack democracy to…

You Started It

TheGunBlog.ca — I was talking about you when I said this on Twitter: You Started It It started with You. ——— I was talking about you. Yes, really. You. That e-mail you sent, that you thought nobody read. That comment you made, that you thought nobody noticed. That post you shared, that you thought nobody saw….


A Canadian Approach to Public Safety (Humour)

TheGunBlog.ca — Following is an imaginary conversation based on real laws for Canada’s 2.2 million men and women hunters, farmers and sport shooters with police authorizations to own guns. Albert: If we want to improve public safety, what if we tracked the people who threaten it? We know a lot of them, but we won’t touch…


Post-Truth Politics and Coalition for Gun Control: William Rees

TheGunBlog.ca — William Rees, a professor emeritus of planning and human ecology at the University of British Columbia, wrote the following response to a November fundraising letter by the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control. He analyzes the letter’s message and political significance as the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares new gun laws and…

‘Tough on Crime’ Policies Won’t Stop Gangs: Jordana Goldlist

TheGunBlog.ca — Jordana Goldlist, a gun-rights advocate and criminal-defence lawyer in Toronto, says “getting tough on crime” won’t stop violent individuals and gangs. In the following Q&A she shares some of her insights from defending clients against charges related to murder, armed robbery, guns and drugs. Goldlist runs her own firm, JHG Criminal Law. She is…


Ed Burlew: A Gun Ban Means Government Has Lost Trust in the RCMP

TheGunBlog.ca — Edward Burlew, a leading Canadian firearm lawyer, said any new gun bans by the government would mean it had lost confidence in the federal police’s ability to manage gun safety. He made the comment in a series of points by e-mail on Dec. 9 after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police published its 2017…

Dear Mayor Tory, Help Police Without Hurting Athletes: Nils Ek

TheGunBlog.ca — Nils Ek, a Canadian national pistol competitor, sent the following letter to Toronto Mayor John Tory after the mayor renewed his call to ban handguns from sport shooters across Canada. He sent the letter last week and gave TheGunBlog.ca permission to publish it. Ek’s top scores are in 25-metre and 50-metre pistol shooting single…


PAL Application Form Written as a Letter (Humour)

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadians need a licence authorized by the federal police to legally buy, sell, own or transport any gun, and to buy ammunition. Here’s a humorous take on what a licence application might say if it were written as a letter. Dear Federal Police, I’d like to please request your permission to own firearms….


Silence Is No Longer a Luxury, Guns Are an Equalizer: Sue Green

TheGunBlog.ca — “This is the first time I’ve gone public as a gun owner. … As much as I was content being discreet, I strongly believe we need to change gun culture in Canada and I don’t have that luxury anymore. None of us do.” Read the rest of the guest article by Sue Green….

How Quiet Gun Owners Become Former Gun Owners

TheGunBlog.ca — Gun owners believe keeping a low profile will guarantee our survival. It’s more likely to guarantee our extinction. Individuals Keeping quiet makes sense for a lot of people in a lot of cases. “My guns are nobody’s business.” “I don’t want to attract thieves.” “My [girlfriend, spouse, boss, …] hates guns and I…

I Am a Feminist, and I Support Gun Rights: Ariane B.

TheGunBlog.ca — “I was assaulted. After the assault, I expected the male figures in my life to protect me (my partner, my father, the police). What I came to realize is that to empower myself I needed to learn how to defend myself.” Continue reading the letter by Ariane B. of Toronto. The following letter…

The Scary Part Isn’t a Gun Ban, It’s That Our Leaders Want One

TheGunBlog.ca — The scary thing about living in Canada today isn’t only the threat of gun confiscation, it’s that our leaders want it so badly and nobody is standing in the way. This is our country today: the municipal councils of the two largest and most influential cities, the editors of the No. 2 newspaper,…


‘I Hope He Isn’t One of Us’: When ‘Good Guys’ Go Bad

TheGunBlog.ca — I’m crying again. Four people were shot dead this morning in Fredericton, New Brunswick, including two police officers. No other info yet. I want to vomit. I want to comfort the families. I want to protect the people I love. I want the killer to pay. And I hope he isn’t one of…

Be Dangerous: Jordan Peterson, Robert Heinlein, ‘Act of Valor’

TheGunBlog.ca — Following are quotes on being dangerous by Jordan Peterson, a novel by Robert Heinlein, the movie “Act of Valor,” and others. #BeDangerous Act of Valor (2012), Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stopped seeing you as dangerous….


Voices: Sport Shooters, Groups Respond to Possible Handgun Ban

TheGunBlog.ca — Following are comments by Canadian shooters, associations, manufacturers and others across Canada about a possible government ban on handguns. (Updated 07 August.) (Update 07 August: Adds Jordana Goldlist.) The government told TheGunBlog.ca today that it’s “open to all possible options” after The Globe and Mail reported late yesterday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will…

Toronto Danforth Attack: Thoughts as Anti-Gun Campaign Heats Up

TheGunBlog.ca — A man shot 2 people to death and injured 13 others on July 22 along Danforth Avenue in Toronto. The attacker died of gunshot wounds fired by himself or by police, we don’t know. Here are some personal reflections on the attack and what lies ahead for federally licensed gun owners.