Opposing the proposed Bill C-21, we stand firm in advocating for the exemption of law-abiding firearms owners, air-softer, paintballers, sports shooters, International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) shooters, and hunters from the expansive bans embedded in this legislation. These communities are more than just hobbyists; they uphold profound traditions and values, serving as a living testament to historical codes of conduct such as the ancient Warrior Ethos, the medieval Code of Chivalry, and various global honour codes.
The Warrior Ethos, dating back to the Spartan era, encourages courage, honour, and endurance amidst adversity. Similarly, the Code of Chivalry, a fundamental principle during medieval times, extols virtues like bravery, courtesy, honour, loyalty, and gallantry. Honour codes from diverse cultures around the world highlight the significance of values such as truthfulness, integrity, empathy, and responsibility. These collective elements, reflected in the activities and conduct of these communities, add to the rich cultural tapestry of Canada, strengthening our societal resilience with a diversity of historical and philosophical influences.
However, the continuity of these communities and their significant societal contributions are threatened by the sweeping bans proposed in Bill C-21. Our detailed analysis, as reflected in the subsequent 45 points, underscores the importance of preserving these activities and communities, emphasizing their essential role in enhancing public safety, maintaining societal balance, and preparing Canada to address the complex national and international challenges of the 21st century effectively.
It is equally essential to consider the potential pitfalls of Bill C-21. Neglecting to support and exempt these communities of responsible firearms owners and sports shooters, amongst others, may have far-reaching implications. The potential erosion of these long-standing traditions and diverse value systems could impact not only our cultural heritage but also societal resilience and public safety.
Imagine the societal shift we might experience in the absence of these communities, who embrace the principles of the Warrior Ethos, Code of Chivalry, and various honour codes. We present a comprehensive exploration of the potential threats and adverse impacts that might arise from not safeguarding these activities and traditions. This analysis strengthens our argument for their preservation and exemption from the proposed wide-ranging bans.
Consider the societal landscape if, for the past 110 years, policymakers had not worked to suppress the value systems, belief structures, historical virtues, and strategic leadership lessons inherent to firearms ownership communities. It underscores the dire need for a thoughtful and informed approach towards these communities, thereby preserving a vital part of our cultural identity.
Community Building, Social Cohesion, Solidarity, National Identity, Loss of Cultural Identity and Ethos The communities formed around activities like Air-soft, Paintball, Sports Shooting and Hunting can foster strong bonds between individuals, contributing to the overall social fabric and cohesion of Canadian society. The “warrior sports activities”, like the “martial arts”, can help to build a sense of community and solidarity among diverse groups, fostering a culture of mutual aid that can enhance public safety. Socially, IPSC fosters community, encourages responsibility, discipline, and safety norms, offering a constructive outlet for individuals passionate about firearms and marksmanship. These activities foster a sense of community among participants, contributing to social cohesion. They offer a network of support and promote responsible firearm usage. IPSC and associated activities are more than just sports – they form an integral part of national culture, fostering societal resilience and courage. By being symbols of leadership and resilience, these activities contribute to the national identity and social cohesion, by promoting responsible firearm usage and fostering a sense of community. The IPSC community fosters a sense of togetherness among its members. Without these activities, this contribution to social cohesion would be lost. IPSC, representing a warrior ethos, forms a significant part of the identities of its members. Its removal could result in the suppression of this cultural identity. So should we accept it to be belittled as something without substance and without worth. Do people and their belief systems have worth? Further, the potential dissolution of communities formed around these activities could lead to social fragmentation and a loss of valuable social networks.
Historical and Cultural Significance, Cultural Diversity, Respect for Diversity, Heritage and Inclusivity, Loss of Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity: Sports shooting, hunting, bush-crafting, trapping and other similar activities have historical, cultural, and conservation significance in Canada. These practices are tied to traditions that have been passed down through generations, representing an essential aspect of Canadian heritage while fostering a deep appreciation for nature and promoting conservation efforts. The shooting sports accommodate cultural diversity, celebrating warrior traditions from around the globe, from European knights to Japanese samurai to Native American warriors, and more. This inclusivity promotes a healthy cultural dialogue and mutual respect in Canadian society, which fosters peace and understanding. By preserving these practices, we fortify the historical, cultural, and philosophical bedrock of Canada, thus strengthening national resilience and capacity to triumph over human crises. IPSC and associated activities are not just sports, they carry significant historical, ethical, and cultural implications. These activities represent diverse communities and express their heritage and traditions. Suppression of these activities contradicts principles of diversity and inclusivity. Without these activities as a common ground, community-building and solidarity would be negatively affected. Further, the disappearance of these activities could lead to a loss of cultural diversity and inclusivity, creating a less harmonious society.
Preservation of Canada’s Warrior Ethos, Cultural Heritage, and Community Safety Principles: The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) is instrumental in safeguarding Canada’s warrior ethos, a societal cornerstone that nurtures resilience, strength, bravery, honour, skill, and a steadfast will, thereby fostering leaders who emerge during times of adversity. Esteemed throughout history in various societies, such warrior leaders play a significant role in societal stability and progress. IPSC and the associated warrior ethos symbolize societal courage and resilience, embodying leadership principles vital in challenging times. Curbing these activities not only impacts the sports themselves but also threatens the spirit of resilience that forms an integral part of Canada’s national identity. If these traditions and the communities that sustain them are not supported, they may gradually vanish, leading to an irreversible loss of cultural heritage. Many of these communities uphold valuable historical, philosophical, and heritage traditions. Failing to protect these traditions risks impoverishing Canada’s diverse and rich societal fabric. Moreover, the potential erosion of the warrior ethos could undermine community safety principles, security-mindedness, and the discipline required for pragmatic personal, organizational, public, and family security policies. Absence of this ethos could signal a disregard for these principles, adversely affecting the societal fabric. Finally, these communities epitomize courage and strength, demonstrated by their resolve to defend their beliefs and values. This show of courage in the face of adversity serves as a deterrent to those who may misuse firearms irresponsibly or with malicious intent. Thus, without IPSC, Canada risks losing an important part of its cultural and historical heritage – the warrior ethos, which underpins community safety, resilience, and courage.
History as a Warning: Severe gun control has been followed by acts of violence and genocide throughout history. While not a direct causation, historical events have proven time and time again, the importance of a balanced and informed approach to firearm regulation, which includes acknowledging and respecting the rights of responsible firearm owners. These instances reflect significant historical moments where the enforcement of stringent gun control regulations coincided with periods of violent conflict, cultural erasure, and ideological upheaval.
- Russian Revolution (1917): After the Bolsheviks seized power, a campaign to eliminate symbols of the Tsarist regime ensued. This involved the destruction of statues, renaming of cities, and revision of history textbooks.
- Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976): Mao Zedong spearheaded an effort to instill communism in China by eradicating capitalist, traditional, and cultural elements from society. Measures included purging dissidents, conducting reeducation campaigns, and destroying historical artifacts.
- Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (1975-1979): Pol Pot’s regime attempted to convert Cambodia into a socialist agrarian republic. Measures included abolishing money, free markets, regular schooling, private property, foreign attire, religious practices, and traditional Khmer culture. Many historical monuments and relics were also destroyed.
- The French Revolution (1789-1799): France underwent extensive social and political change, accompanied by the removal of symbols of the ancien régime. Churches and royal palaces were destroyed or repurposed, royal statues were removed, and even the calendar was reformatted.
- Ottoman Empire (1915-1917): Armenian population disarmed prior to the Armenian Genocide.
- Soviet Union (1929-1953): Strict gun control during the Great Purge.
- Nazi Germany (1938): Enforced gun control laws prior to the Holocaust.
- China (1948): Strict gun control during the Chinese Civil War.
- Guatemala (1960-1996): Strict gun control laws enacted in 1964, followed by a brutal civil war.
- Uganda (1971-1979): Gun control during a period of rampant human rights abuses.
- Cambodia (1975-1979): Gun control policies enforced before the Cambodian genocide.
- Sudan (1983-2005): Strict gun control during the Second Sudanese Civil War.
- Rwanda (1994): Restrictive gun control laws enacted prior to the Rwandan genocide.
- Yugoslavia (1992-1995): Gun control policies in place prior to and during the Bosnian War.
- Zaire (1971-1997): Strict gun control laws during Mobutu See Seko’s regime.
- Sierra Leone (1991-2002): Stringent gun control during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
- Liberia (1989-2003): Gun control measures during a period of civil war under Charles Taylor’s regime.
- North Korea (1948-Present): Strict gun control enforced since its inception.
- Venezuela (2012-Present): Gun control laws enacted leading to economic collapse and widespread violence.
- Ethiopia (1974-1991): Strict gun control during the Derg regime in Ethiopia.
- East Timor (1975-1999): Indonesia enforced gun control in East Timor during its occupation.
- Iraq (1979-2003): Strict gun control laws during Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship.
- Albania (1944-1992): Stringent gun control during Enver Hoxha’s communist regime.
- Afghanistan (1978-Present): Successive regimes enforcing strict gun control.
These instances underscore the profound interplay between firearm regulations, societal instability, cultural transformation, and violent conflict.
Preservation of “Philosophical and Historical Frameworks”, Loss of Historical and Philosophical Guidance: These sports, ethics, and traditions help preserve essential philosophical and historical frameworks, which can help us navigate the present and 21st century societal challenges. Losing these traditions might mean losing historical and philosophical guidance that can help navigate societal challenges.
Instilling Virtues and Values: Engaging in these activities can help instill virtues such as discipline, responsibility, and respect for laws and regulations, which are beneficial to society as a whole. These sports promote virtues such as wisdom, discipline, and strategic thinking, which contribute to personal growth and societal progress.Without the promotion of virtues like wisdom, discipline, and strategic thinking, society might see a decline in these traits.
Critical Thinking, Reasoning and Problem-Solving: These sports and traditions emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving, under pressure and in real time performance, skills that are necessary in facing the immense challenges of the 21st century, such as AI safety, automation, demographic cliff, lack of family creation among Canadians, and globalization. Without these challenging performance demanding activities, a decline in real world critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills that these activities and traditions foster, can result. Further, it is these real world stress evoking reasoning skills that happen to be what is essential in tackling contemporary and 21st century challenges.
Recreation, Well-Being and Promotion of Positive Mental-Health: IPSC, Sports Shooting, Laser Tag, Hunting, Paintball, Airsoft, Martial Arts and other similar “combat sports” or “mil-sim sports”, provide recreational outlets for individuals, contributing to mental health and well-being, away from a heavy focus on “Play-Station”, “Netflix”, “Internet” and the “Meta-Verse” neural desires for our common 21st century internationalists, espoused by many supra-national corporate entities and international private partnerships.
Cultural Expression Rights, Protected Rights and Freedoms, Legal Protection, Undermining Rights and Freedoms, Violations of Legal Rights and Infringement of Rights: The ‘warrior ethos,’ a significant part of the identities of many IPSC and sports shooting community members, is protected by multiple rights and expression frameworks at the national and international level, further supporting and protecting the cultural value of these activities. IPSC, hunting, sports shooting, and related activities can be seen as expressions of protected rights and freedoms. The Liberal Party has not demonstrated a history of these activities causing a public safety danger, hence curtailing them might be seen as an undue infringement on these rights and freedoms. Further, the right to participate in IPSC should be respected as part of broader rights to freedom of thought, belief, and expression, protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) which underscore the importance of preserving cultural activities and traditions.Curbing these activities without demonstrating a clear public safety risk could be seen as an undue infringement on rights and freedoms, potentially leading to public discontent. Policies like Bill C-21 could infringe upon the rights of lawful firearm owners, leading to social tensions and potential non-compliance.
- Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: This charter protects freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression, including the freedom of the press and other media of communication under Section 2(b). This legal protection can extend to activities like IPSC, which can be viewed as part of an individual’s belief system and cultural expression. Engaging in IPSC, a form of cultural activity and expression, could therefore be defended under this charter.
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 18 of this declaration guarantees freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. This can be interpreted as freedom to engage in practices (like IPSC) that are an expression of these freedoms. Article 19 also protects the right to freedom of opinion and expression, which can again encompass the freedom to participate in and express oneself through activities like IPSC.
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR): The ICCPR offers protection for these freedoms on an international level. Article 18 protects the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, while Article 19 safeguards the right to hold opinions without interference and the right to freedom of expression. These principles can support the freedom to engage in cultural activities, like IPSC, that form part of one’s belief system and to express oneself through these activities.
- UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003): This international treaty emphasizes the importance of protecting and preserving cultural activities and traditions. It provides a basis for defending IPSC and the warrior ethos, as part of cultural practices that constitute intangible cultural heritage of societies. Even though the “warrior ethos” and related activities might not be officially recognized as part of this heritage, the general principle of safeguarding cultural practices aligns with the idea of preserving such traditions.
“Communication Failures” and “Need for Dialogue With Individuals Harbouring Classical and Foundational Notions of Valour”, “Public Safety Ethos” and “National Security Ethos”: There is a recognized need for dialogue and better communication to understand the contributions of organizations like IPSC and their significance in the cultural and social fabric of the nation.
Preservation of “Power Dynamic” and “Balance”, and prevention of “Power Imbalance”, Promotion of a “Power Imbalance” between MPs/PMs Vs Citizens, Defending Democracy: Sports like IPSC symbolize the “warrior ethos” that maintains a societal equilibrium and prevents the over-centralization of power, a “power dynamic” if not carefully balanced between MP’s/PMs and citizens, may inadvertently and “gravely undermine public safety and societal stability”. The concept of “respect of civilians”, respect of “civilian authority, and civilian “bio-security”, is advisable to be maintained throughout the 21st century, from a “political point of view “and from a “corporate point of view”. Further, the historical examples provided show that strict gun control can lead to power imbalances and exploitation. By not protecting these communities, there is a risk of creating a society where citizens do not have the means to protect themselves, making them more vulnerable. Further, a lack of diverse communities would skew the balance of power, leading to the potential misuse of authority.
Broad Democratic Impact of the Ethos: Suppression of IPSC could be seen as a curtailment of freedom of expression, having implications for democratic values. The preservation of these traditions and their philosophical tenets has a wider global impact, contributing to the future of freedom and technological progression not only in Canada but also in other countries like America, Mexico, Europe, Turkey and India. The passing of the Bill C-21 could lead to infringements on property rights and individual liberties, raising concerns about democratic principles.
Resilience, Adaptability, and Preparedness, Less Resilience and Adaptability, Loss of Resilience and Leadership Principles: The warrior ethos taught by these action sports and hunting as well, codes of honour – like the IPSC motto “Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas” – promotes resilience, strategic thinking, and adaptability. These qualities can be beneficial in all aspects of life and particularly crucial in emergency situations, enhancing public safety. The practice of these sports aids in both mental and physical preparedness. Participants learn to make quick decisions under pressure, a trait that can be lifesaving in various real-world scenarios.Without these activities, the historical, cultural, and philosophical bedrock of Canada, that contributes to the nation’s resilience, could be undermined. Further, without the teachings from these activities, Canadians might be less equipped with traits like resilience and adaptability. Further, the suppression of activities like IPSC and the associated warrior ethos would lead to the loss of symbols of societal resilience and principles of leadership.
Support for Canadian Athletes: Restrictions from Bill C-21 could impact the competitiveness of Canadian athletes in sport shooting events globally, and prevent Canadians from showcasing mastery of IPSC in the 21st century world Olympic IPSC competitions. This demonstrates the importance of preserving activities like sport shooting, which contribute to Canada’s global athletic reputation and it’s supreme standing of master of shooting and military freedom prowess, which ensures and protects Canada’s role in the 21st century as the global sanctuary of freedom for all people worldwide.
Skills for Global Challenges: The values and skills associated with these “mil sim sport traditions”, such as resilience, adaptability, and strategic thinking, are critical in navigating 21st century existential human crises and global challenges such as: climate change, resource scarcity, water scarcity, automation, demographic cliffs, banking failures, mass migrations, stock market crashes, supply chain failures, pandemics, geopolitical multi-polar shifts, east vs west wars, real estate hyperinflations, subversion by unelected supra national corporate partnerships, foreign influence of authoritarian nation states, scientific technocratic corporate power overshadowing national governments, arable land fertility drops, farming failures, 5th generation hybrid wars, national cabinet sovereignty security and AI safety problems. Without these skills, we face only continual defeat.
Bridging the Gap Between STEM and IPSC, Innovation and Technological Progression, STEM and Firearms Usage, Stunted Technological Progression: The philosophical frameworks taught by these activities, including a deep understanding of history and its lessons, provide a robust “first principles” foundation, and a delight to engage with “mechanical engineering like” approach to problem solving and critical thinking, which can only lead to a fascination with STEM professional study and technological progression and innovation. The technical aspects of shooting sports play a critical role in promoting STEM skills, including the mechanics of firearms, safety measures, and precision engineering”. Better education about the STEM aspects of IPSC could help to form a more informed decision-making process, and more transparent and inclusive communication could help to demystify the sport, mitigate biases, and promote a better understanding of its implications. Further, without the strong philosophical “first principles” frameworks these activities provide, technological progression and innovation could be hindered.
“Property Rights” Violations and “Resource Mis-Allocation”, Leadership, Empathy, and Respect for Rights, Creation of Unnecessary Criminality:Confiscating legally owned firearms will infringe upon property rights, redirecting resources away from addressing root causes of violence and crime. The proposed bill can criminalize law-abiding firearm owners, warranting a more balanced approach that considers the activities of responsible citizens who use firearms for sport and hunting. There is great significance of respecting the rights and realities of all Canadians and empathy capability is equally important. Resources spent on implementing and enforcing the Bill C-21 may be misallocated, detracting from efforts to address crime at its roots.The bill could potentially criminalize millions of currently law-abiding citizens, leading to a wide range of societal and individual problems.
The “Crisis Management” and “Security Response” Value IPSC Community: The IPSC community’s extensive expertise and commitment to responsible firearms usage position it as a potential resource for crisis management and security agencies. IPSC, with its focus on skill development, discipline, and situational awareness, can contribute to crisis management efforts. These skills can aid emergency response teams, disaster relief organizations, and security agencies in effectively mitigating the impact of crises and protecting lives. IPSC holds significant potential in shaping 21st-century public safety, security, and resilience. It can equip professionals in law enforcement, military, domestic security, national security, reserve security, private security and intelligence agencies with the necessary tools to address evolving 21st century threats.
IPSC as a “Pillar of Public Safety”, “Vetting Institution” and a “Vigilant Gatekeeper”, Lost Opportunity to Implement “In Person Vetting” of firearms owners through experts residing in IPSC, Sports Shooting and Hunting Communities: There’s untapped potential for the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), alongside other sports shooting disciplines, to serve as stalwart guardians of public safety and comprehensive screening bodies. Many participants have backgrounds in law enforcement or military, providing an invaluable resource in discussions around firearm regulation due to their first-hand experience. The expertise embedded within these communities is vast, making them an invaluable asset in identifying potential threats, thereby adding another dimension to the protective measures for public safety. Capitalizing on the experience within IPSC’s membership not only presents a practical benefit but also introduces a substantial advantage. This is particularly true when considering the network of seasoned members ranging from military and police personnel to national security staff, intelligence officers, border and correctional officers, and private security professionals. Together, these individuals form a cohesive, responsible community of experienced sports shooters, bridging the often daunting gap between government entities and civilians. This community alliance could bring about a profound shift in public safety approaches..Why should we broaden this divide when the ultimate goal is to ensure public safety? Let’s instead focus on harnessing this community’s unique strengths to create a more secure world for everyone. Without the presence of the IPSC community, the deterrent effect it could have on potential criminals in firearms circles would be lost. Further, the absence of a vetting institution like IPSC and other sports shooting associations and federations, could result in overlooked threats to public safety.
Deterrence of Criminal Activities from IPSC, Shooting Sports & Hunting Communities: The IPSC community, with members from law enforcement and the military, could serve as a deterrent to potential criminals. The presence of law enforcement personnel, military officers, and trained civilian shooters within these activities acts as a deterrent to potential criminals.
Public Safety Education from IPSC and Shooting Sports: The members of IPSC are highly trained in firearm safety and possess deep knowledge of firearm safety. Their expertise contributes to public safety as they can educate others on safe firearm handling practices, contributing to overall public safety. Shooting sports participants are also highly trained in firearm safety, contributing to overall public safety through their knowledge and expertise.
The Indispensable 21st Century Role of IPSC in Public Safety and National Security: As we navigate the challenges of the 21st Century, the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) has carved out an essential role in bolstering public safety, advancing policing methods, and fortifying national security. The dynamic nature of IPSC provides an exceptional arena for law enforcement personnel to refine vital skills such as precision shooting, tactical decision-making, and effective firearm handling. Beyond mere sport, the IPSC has evolved into a critical skill-building platform that benefits not only law enforcement officers, but also military personnel, security agencies, and emergency response teams. Given the increasingly complex landscape of public safety and national security, innovative training and skill acquisition approaches are vital. In this context, IPSC serves as a critical tool, empowering professionals to effectively respond to modern threats and manage crises adeptly. Underpinning IPSC’s value is its emphasis on continuous improvement, discipline, and adaptability. These tenets play a critical role in readying our personnel for the nuanced challenges of counter-terrorism. In exceptional circumstances, such as martial law or other severe situations, the skillset honed through IPSC could be the deciding factor. The training enhances our ability to maintain order, uphold the rule of law, and protect citizens’ rights and safety. In the ongoing war on terror, IPSC offers an invaluable training tool, preparing military forces and intelligence agencies to counter a broad spectrum of asymmetric threats. Furthermore, the IPSC communities serve as a unique training ground for law enforcement personnel, enhancing their shooting skills and overall familiarity with firearms, thus boosting their effectiveness in the field. Without IPSC, we risk losing this crucial training ground, potentially impacting law enforcement efficacy and overall public safety. Therefore, the role of IPSC in reinforcing resilience against public safety challenges in the 21st Century is not only significant but truly irreplaceable. Its dissolution could lead to a serious skill shortage within public safety and law enforcement sectors, underscoring the imperative to preserve and foster these communities.
Consequences of Losing IPSC and Related Activities: The eradication of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), alongside sports shooting, paintball, air-soft, laser tag, hunting, bush-crafting, trapping, and other conservation work, would signify a considerable loss. These activities provide valuable platforms for acquiring knowledge and applied field practice, refining expertise in safe firearm usage, effective terrain navigation, team awareness and coordination, military science, firearm angles, public safety science, and specialized usage relevant to provincial and national services. Without these platforms, professionals in law enforcement, military, security agencies, and emergency response teams could find fewer opportunities to build the skills necessary to address modern threats and crises. The rigorous training and competitive nature of IPSC serve as an invaluable resource in preparing these professionals for intricate counter-terrorism challenges. The absence of IPSC could further mean law enforcement personnel are less equipped to respond effectively to high-stress situations such as active shooter incidents or armed confrontations. The rigorous training provided through IPSC significantly contributes to their readiness and proficiency in these critical situations. Moreover, the disciplines fostered by IPSC and similar activities are essential in promoting respect for law and order. Their emphasis on regulations, responsible firearm usage, and the understanding of potential dangers act as constant reminders of the significance of law and order in society. In essence, the potential disappearance of IPSC and related activities could diminish the skill base necessary for recruiting in the fields of military, law enforcement, provincial and federal government, private security, national security, intelligence services, park services, and border services. As a result, the potential impact extends beyond public safety to national security and resilience, emphasizing the necessity of preserving and promoting these activities.
“Legal Regulation Exists” for “Sports Shooters” and “Hunters”, Respect for Law: IPSC and related shooting activities are already heavily regulated within the framework of Canadian law, ensuring participant and public safety. Participants undergo intensive training and firearms used comply with strict Canadian firearms laws, ensuring both participant and public safety. The regulated nature of the shooting sports and hunting encourages respect for law and order, which contributes to public safety.
Focus on “Criminal Activity”: Dancho’s call to shift the focus from “lawful gun owners” to “criminal activities” underlines the importance of addressing “real sources of threat”. This approach respects lawful gun owners’ rights and activities while effectively targeting crime, enhancing public safety.
Focus on “Root Causes” of Gun Violence, Decrease in Public Safety: The emphasis on addressing the root causes of gun violence, such as securing an enormous border with only 8000 border officers, no parcel, truck or car scanning devices, would be more beneficial targeted approach to stop criminal trafficking of guns, or to stop criminality and gangs, rather than focusing on law abiding and responsible firearm owners that are often individuals from social communities connected with activities and traditions of responsibility, warrior ethos, chivalry, the code, honour, and safety. By not focusing on the root causes of gun violence and criminal activities, public safety may decrease, despite limiting firearm ownership.
Comprehensive and Alternative Approach to Public Safety: Dancho advocates investing in alternative public safety measures, such as reinforcing the border, combating drug trade and gang activity, and enforcing existing firearms prohibition orders. This approach preserves sporting and cultural activities while effectively addressing serious threats, promoting enhanced public safety without overly restrictive firearm legislation.Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society’s understanding and misallocation of resources and initiatives.
The Necessity of Firearms in Rural Communities and Disruption of Rural Livelihoods: Firearms, particularly hunting rifles, represent essential tools for many rural Canadians. They utilize them for hunting, a traditional way of life which not only provides sustenance for their families but also fosters a sense of community and cultural heritage. These traditions, intertwined with rural livelihoods, deserve preservation to ensure these communities can sustainably provide for themselves and uphold their cherished ways of life. Moreover, the importance of firearms in these rural regions extends to the crucial aspect of personal safety, offering protection against potential wildlife threats. Ignoring the practical safety considerations and the importance of firearms usage in rural communities could lead to detrimental consequences. Neglecting these traditions and associated activities could disproportionately affect rural Canadians. This neglect might result in policies that amplify the rural-urban divide, causing societal tension and alienation. Without safeguarding these traditions, rural Canadians who rely heavily on firearms for sustenance and protection against wildlife threats could face a significant disruption in their way of life. The potential threat underscores the need for a balanced and nuanced approach towards firearms policies, taking into account the unique needs and perspectives of rural communities.
Cultural Erasure and Infringement of Individual Freedoms: Any attempt to dissolve the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) could be construed as an act of cultural erasure or suppression of a deeply-held belief system. This contradicts the quintessential values of freedom and individual rights that are held dear by Canadians. Measures taken against the IPSC may inadvertently tread on these freedoms, appearing as an effort to legally nullify a belief system that many individuals adhere to. This potential infringement on individual liberties and the accompanying cultural implications must be weighed carefully in any decisions related to the future of IPSC and similar organizations in Canada.
Vulnerability To External Aggression: The loss of the resilient, unified communities could lead to decreased national morale and decreased ability to stand against external threats. A focus on lawful gun owners rather than criminal activities may infringe upon the rights of these owners, potentially alienating these communities and leading to noncompliance.
Vulnerability To Foreign Influence and Subversion: Without these communities as a bulwark, foreign alliances could potentially pose a greater threat to Canada and its citizens.
Promotion Of “Us Vs Them” Mentality Relating to Citizens Vs Government, Lack of Transparency and Collaboration: A breakdown in communication and understanding regarding firearms policy could lead to division and conflict, posing a risk to public safety. Further, policies formulated without the input of these communities may lack transparency and may be perceived as unfair, especially given that debates are often cancelled, over-ruled, and passed without going through all of the amendments for an amendment by amendment consideration, potentially causing a loss of trust in the government and further exacerbating societal divisions. As was done with Bill C-21.
Erosion of Public Trust and Confidence, Loss of Trust in Governance: Transparency and consultation are cornerstones of any democratic process. If these principles are not upheld, public confidence in the government and legislative processes may be significantly undermined. This could potentially breed noncompliance. Moreover, inconsistencies between government rhetoric and actual policy implementation can further erode this trust. The incongruity may lead to skepticism towards the government and its policies, fostering a climate of noncompliance, which in turn could compromise community safety. This underlines the importance of maintaining congruence between policy promises and their realization to uphold public confidence, ensuring safety and harmony within society. If transparency and trust are not maintained in governance, there could be widespread noncompliance with policies, leading to potential safety issues.
Communication Breakdown, Societal Division, and Misrepresentation: The conversation regarding the future of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), air-soft, paintball, sports shooting and hunting in Canada is currently stifled by a noticeable lack of understanding and effective communication. This barrier has cultivated a polarized atmosphere, hindering our ability to devise solutions that can reconcile the dual imperatives of respecting gun owners’ rights and upholding public safety. The societal and psychological influences that often drive opposition to IPSC and similar sports shooting activities underscore the potential hazards of not preserving these traditions. If ignored, these factors could potentially fuel societal divisions and perpetuate entrenched biases. Organizations like the IPSC serve as pivotal platforms for fostering open dialogue about responsible firearm use, safe handling techniques, and associated obligations. The dissolution of such communities could significantly limit such opportunities, thus stunting understanding and mutual respect within society. In a landscape devoid of well-informed discussions, decision-making processes risk being dictated by fear or ignorance rather than grounded in empirical evidence and informed understanding. This could potentially pave the way for ineffective or even harmful legislation. Therefore, nurturing open communication, encouraging understanding, and embracing diverse perspectives are all crucial elements in navigating such nuanced and contentious issues. Moreover, neglecting to appreciate the significance of these activities could trigger a cascade of misunderstandings and misrepresentations. This may subsequently damage the relationships between individuals with a ‘warrior, historical, heritage and philosophical ethos’ with the broader society. Recognizing these potential pitfalls underlines the urgent need for fostering dialogue and understanding in our approach to gun control and associated sports.
IPSC, Sports Shooters and Hunters Promote Responsible Firearms Use: The firearms community in Canada, as represented in sports shooting, hunting, IPSC, Air-soft, Paintball, etc., is deeply committed to the principles of responsible firearms use. This dedication contributes to public safety by ensuring that firearms are used correctly, safely, and respectfully.
IPSC, Sports Shooters and Hunters Have and Convey A “Respect for Life”: Members of these communities are acutely aware of the gravity of death and violence. Their activities often come with inherent risks, and thus, they must understand and respect the sanctity of life, further fostering a culture of safety.
The Disruption of an Educational Resource and a Potential Skills Gap: The dissolution of communities like the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), sports shooting, hunting, air-soft, paintball and one day the martial-arts, could mean the loss of an invaluable reservoir of knowledge and experience in firearm safety and responsible usage. The skills and expertise these communities harbour extend beyond sports and outdoor pursuits. In crisis management scenarios, such communities act as essential assets, bolstering our capability to navigate complex situations. Their unique skillsets, honed through rigorous training and discipline, can significantly contribute to the effectiveness of security and emergency response agencies. If overlooked or dismissed, Canada might find itself with an undesirable void in its crisis management capacity, thereby inadvertently exposing public safety to risk. The value of IPSC and similar communities also resonates within the context of STEM education. Discouraging their involvement and neglecting the STEM components inherent in these sports could unintentionally contribute to a skills gap within Canada. As these sports necessitate a nuanced understanding of mathematics, engineering, and technology, they inadvertently foster a strong STEM foundation among participants. In turn, they bolster Canada’s innovation potential and capacity for technological advancement. Ignoring this, failing to account for the societal benefits that communities like IPSC bring to the table, might lead to decision-making that unintentionally suppresses these potential benefits. It’s therefore crucial that we acknowledge the multi-dimensional contributions of such communities to avoid compromising both societal and educational progress.
Diminishing Respect for Rights: Without these activities and traditions, there could be a diminishing respect for the rights of Canadians who lawfully and responsibly use firearms.
Lack of Evidence-Based Policy: If policies are not grounded in evidence, it could lead to ineffective or even harmful legislation that fails to respect the rights and realities of citizens.
Potential Misuse of Firearms, Increase in Risk From Unregulated Activities: Without a community promoting responsible use and understanding of firearms, there could be an increase in the misuse of firearms, leading to potential accidents and tragedies. If IPSC, a heavily regulated activity, is suppressed, people passionate about firearms might engage in less regulated, and potentially riskier activities.
Threat to Public Safety From the Dangers That Aren’t In Leadership’s Sight: A comprehensive approach to public safety may be undermined if these activities and traditions are not preserved. Without them, the focus might shift solely to restrictive firearm legislation, overlooking other critical cultural aspects of public safety.
“Ongoing Safety” and “Verification Process” Exists for “Licensed Firearm Owners”: Licensed firearm owners undergo rigorous background checks and safety training, with renewal controls enforced every 5 years, exemplifying a high degree of responsibility and adherence to safety protocols. This process promotes overall safety in society.
Canadians That “Lawfully Use Firearms” Face A “Military Re-Rating” of Their Firearms, Even If Militaries Are Now Being Equipped With Next Gen Firearms That Are Vastly Superior To What Civilians Have: Many Canadians use firearms lawfully for activities like hunting and sport shooting, emphasizing the need to preserve these activities. Bill C-21’s categorization of conventional hunting rifles as “military-style assault weapons” could lead to unjust restrictions on legally and peacefully used firearms.
Canadians Believe in “Responsible Gun Ownership”, but “Policy Figures Continually Alter Those Beliefs” Over The “Timeframe of a Century”: Like Dancho, we also believe in responsible gun ownership, with existing measures like background checks, licensing, and safe storage fostering a balance between the rights of lawful firearm owners and public safety. This belief implies a respect for laws, regulations, and safety procedures, a cornerstone of democratic societies, which contributes to public safety.
In light of our comprehensive analysis, the convergence of these observations underscores the indispensable role of cultural practices, freedoms of expression, heritage, community engagement, and historical and philosophical foundations in safeguarding public safety and societal resilience. These elements, manifest in the activities of sports shooting communities, IPSC, hunting, and combat mil sim communities, like Air-soft and Paintball, are vital threads in the intricate tapestry of Canadian identity. As we’ve discussed, their preservation not only mitigates potential risks, but also strengthens the foundational ethos of our society. Their potential compromise, as suggested by proposed measures in Bill C-21, warrants careful reconsideration. Our research thus provides a robust framework for advocating these communities’ exemption, underscoring the importance of activities such as IPSC, which represent more than hobbies – they embody the very freedoms we strive to protect and uphold.
SGT Pro Tip: “Take Action! Send a letter or e-mail letter to a Senator in the The Senate of Canada Today!”
- Raymonde Gagné (Manitoba) – Speaker of the Senate of Canada
- Marc Gold (Stadacona, Quebec) – Government Representative
- Jean-Guy Dagenais (Victoria, Quebec) – Canadian Senators Group
- Pat Duncan (Yukon) – Independent Senators Group
- Donald Neil Plett (Landmark, Manitoba) – Conservative Party of Canada
- Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu (La Salle, Quebec) – Conservative Party of Canada
- Mary Coyle (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) – Independent Senators Group
- Hassan Yussuff (Ontario) – Independent Senators Group
𝐅𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬: https://sencanada.ca/en/senators/
STOP BILL C-21 – Petition Details – Change.org
Dedication: “In addition to being dedicated to the citizens of Canada who show tremendous valour, such as the CCFR (Canadian Coalition of Firearms Rights) does on a daily basis, hopefully this report will also celebrate the birthday of Pierre Poilievre on June 3rd 2023, as one giant Birthday Card 2023. With this “report card” :), we celebrate the real Intellectual Leader and Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Poilievre. 44 points for 44 years of Service To Canada. And hopefully it will remain somewhere in the Prime Ministers office for maybe future ministers who will one day forget what Canada is all about, like we have today, a little friendly reminder from the neighbourhood online skills trainer about the importance of learning, memory and reason. Sorry leaders of Canada, real merit, competency and work ethic, doesn’t fit on a one page letter. PS: Congratulations on being born on National Range Day, Mr. Pierre Poilievre. You are born on the best day of the year, now that Canada day has been wiped out! You are truly born on the day of the epicentre of freedom virtue and hero virtue in Canada, and maybe of the whole free world.”
Inspiration: The scene “The Will To Act” from the movie “Batman Begins“.
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