RCMP Failed to Provide Guns, Training: Full Text of Court Ruling — The following is the full text of a Sept. 29 court ruling that found the RCMP guilty of failing to provide AR-15 rifles and training to its officers, three of whom were shot to death in June 2014 in Moncton, New Brunswick. CBC, which provided live updates of the trial, reported last week on…

Defence Is Counter-Ambush Since Attack Is a Surprise: Rob Pincus

No matter how much we think about personal defence and train our minds and bodies to respond to possible violence in daily life, we’ve got to remember that any attack will come as a surprise. Rob Pincus, who trains people to protect themselves with guns, suggests we think about defence as counter-ambush.

RCMP Trial This Week Focused on This Report Recommending AR-15

Here is a 2010 report that recommended the RCMP adopt the AR-15 rifle. The study and its author were in focus this week at a trial to decide if Canada’s federal police are guilty of having failed to provide appropriate equipment and training to officers responding to attackers. The case is relevant to all of us.


More Than 90,000 Canadians Are Allowed to Carry Guns Every Day

(Update 06 May 2018: Updated chart and notes. 20 May 2017: Added new info under Additions.) More than 90,000 Canadians are authorized to carry loaded guns on their person in daily life, mainly for self-defence against human attackers. More than 90 percent are civilian police and law enforcement, or military. If they were all on duty at…

Czech Republic to Change Law So Citizens Can Shoot Terrorists

Canadian governments have tended to disarm law-abiding people and restrict or ban firearms, leaving us defenceless or gravely disadvantaged if attacked. Other countries want to help their citizens protect themselves and each other. The Czech Republic plans a constitutional amendment this year to allow gun-carrying civilians to shoot terrorists, RT and Radio Prague reported today, citing Interior Minister…

Czech Anti-Terrorism Chief Defends Civilian Carry

People around the world are looking for better ways to defend themselves against violent criminals and terrorists since a man shot about 100 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12. Below are comments about the civilian right to carry firearms by Libor Lochman, chief of the Czech Republic’s elite anti-terrorism unit, URN, from an interview published by on June…

Don’t Be a Turkey Expecting Good Times Forever

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. “Consider…

‘Stop With This Gun-Control Crap, Because It’s Getting People Killed’ – Colion Noir

Colion Noir’s YouTube rant following last week’s murders and suicide by a shooter in a cinema in Lafayette, Louisiana, is an edgy and compelling recap of why gun laws backfire. This guy is awesome. Smart, poetic, stylish, savvy and provocative.

If Moncton and Ottawa Amateurs Created So Much Chaos, What If We’re Attacked by Professionals?

When we see how a single ill-equipped, untrained and unorganized person can create mayhem across a city and overwhelm police for hours, it’s scary to imagine the chaos that a well-equipped, well-trained and well-organized group could cause.

RCMP Trains With Guns Once a Year for Half a Day

The RCMP requires its officers to train with firearms for half a day once a year beyond their basic instruction. “They’re required to qualify every year,” Deputy Commissioner Janice Armstrong told journalists today in Moncton, New Brunswick. “They’ll spend half a day at the range qualifying every year.” Emergency-response units practise with a variety of weapons,…


Killers Don’t Care About Magazine Capacity

The biggest advantage school shooters have is time to carry out their killings without opposition, not the size of the cartridge magazines in their guns, according to research in Concealed Carry Magazine. The killers behind the deadliest U.S. school massacres fired at less than 60 percent of the speed possible from a 5-round magazine with a…