Believe it or not, being a Canadian and having a different perspective on GUN OWNERSHP, I don’t really have a problem with some of what Obama wants in terms of Gun Laws, with several very significant exceptions.
What bothers me with Obama’s FIATS, is how he believes that he is an Imperial President, above and beyond the RIGHTS of the American People through Congress.
And I also know, beyond doubt, that Obama will use every benign trick up his LEFTIST sleeve, to push open the door just a crack, in order to get fully inside, and then do his damage.
1 – In Canada, getting the RIGHT to own a gun, especially a RESTRICTED Weapon, which includes all Hand Guns as long as the barrel is longer than 4”, and just about any kind of rifle that even resembles what is considered to be an Assault Rifle, requires a special 5-Year automatically renewable permit, called an RPAL (Restricted Purchase & Acquisition License).
Without an RPAL, no Canadian, including police officers, can purchase, or even handle a Firearm outside of a certified range, under the close supervision of the holder of an RPAL.
Here’s an example of how controlled our gun rights are . . . or lack thereof. If a cop and I were to go to a gun and ammunition counter at a retail store, with my RPAL, I can handle every gun and round of ammunition behind the counter. But, without an RPAL, the cop cannot touch any of it, even if he or she is in uniform. And more than that, he or she cannot buy ammunition.
2 – To get an RPAL, you have to take an extensive GUN OWNERSHIP COURSE, from a Federally Certified Instructor, which covers an awful lot of ground, from handling, loading, ammunition types, and HANDS-ON knowledge of Shot Guns, Semi Automatic, Bolt Action, Pump Action, Lever Action, Break Action, Pistols and Revolvers.
You also need to know how to identify different calibers of bullets, different types of loads, different jackets, and match the bullets to the guns. And you’re expected to know how to handle all of the bullets and guns safely.
We have to train how to clear jams, deal with Stove Pipes, and recognize a Squib, which is a semi fired round that is still in the chamber.
3 – You also have to physically PROVE how to transport a gun under/over fences, down ditches, on a walk through the forest, and how to hand-off a gun to a friend.
4 – And we are pounded from the first sentence in the lengthy course, to each paragraph of the course, and at every juncture, how to PROVE a gun is Unloaded and Safe, which encompasses how to hand a gun to someone, and how to take a gun from someone, with each person proving the gun is SAFE.
5 – Then there are two written exams to get the RPAL, of 50 questions each, where a pass is 80% PLUS in each.
BUT TO CAP IT ALL OFF . . . before you get your RPAL, the person you live with, or are separated from, has to sign off to the RCMP (Royal Canadians Mounted Police), that he or she is aware of the fact that you are applying for an RPAL, and he or she has no objections.
Then you have to provide the names of three Canadian Citizens, over the age of 18, who have known you for a minimum of 2 years, who are willing to attest on your behalf, of your character and mental stability.
AND FINALLY . . . there’s the Telephone Interview with representatives of the RCMP . . . but only after everything has passed muster . . . AND THEN, once you receive your RPAL in the mail, you have the right to purchase, own, and fire a RESTRICTED weapon, and from there, that’s where the Canadian system GOES DOWNHILL.
I like the acquisition part of our Canadian system, because it makes for much more knowledgeable and safer gun owners . . . BUT THAT’S IT – Because, there are so many restrictions on how we store our guns, transport our guns, and where we can use them, that outside of a certified shooting range, owning a restricted gun in Canada is absolutely useless.
And even for hunting . . . In Canada, it’s against the law to hunt with a handgun.
If a RAPIST MURDERER, was to break into our house, and Anne used a restricted weapon to shoot the perpetrator to save her life, she would be arrested for discharging her weapon in self-defense, because her gun has to be unloaded at all times, with a trigger lock, stored in a locked room, or in a locked gun cabinet. HOW’S THAT FOR NUTS?
AND AS FAR AS ANY KIND OF CARRY IN CANADA . . . It’s against the law for us to carry as much as an unloaded BB Gun.
To import our guns, with up to 10,000 rounds of ammunition, all we needed to do was to apply to the ATF for the RIGHT to transport our guns into the USA. We had to fill out forms which included non-intrusive personal information, the make, model, and serial numbers of the guns, and the make model, place of origin of the ammunition.
Anne and I cannot carry, because we are not US Citizens, and are not in the US on protracted Visas, but we do have every other right, which is available to American Citizens, who are not unfortunate enough to be living in GUN RESTRICTED States like New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, California amongst others, to enjoy and use our guns.
When crossing the Border from Canada into the USA, as always, we declared our guns and ammunition to the border guard, and as always, we were pulled-over for an inspection, which meant looking at the ATF forms, perhaps checking one or more of the guns to match serial numbers, and a chat about our differences in gun RIGHTS.
Inevitably, it comes down to friendly discussions on gun preferences, and each time, a friendly warning from the Homeland Border Security Guards, about the worries associated with transporting our guns through the State of New York, where we cross, which is amongst the least Gun Friendly States in the Union.
This time when we crossed, two of the Border Guards made it very clear to Anne and myself, that the moment we crossed into America, we were fully protected by the US Constitution, giving us amongst all the Amendments . . . 2nd Amendment, the 4th Amendment, and 5th Amendment RIGHTS . . . and the Federal RIGHT to transport our guns across the USA. So don’t be bullied.
But once we got into Pennsylvania . . . it’s Second Amendment all the way.
And for Anne’s 65th Birthday, I bought her two hours with one of Texas’ number one shooting instructors, which she will thoroughly enjoy this coming Thursday.
BECAUSE WE SHOOT IN BOTH COUNTRIES . . . Anne and I see a very pronounced difference between knowledge and discipline. In Canada, literally everyone who shoots understands range safety, which isn’t necessarily as evident in the USA. But we never feel threatened.
I don’t know what kind of background checks are carried out in the USA for new gun owners, but in Canada, it’s national, and the RCMP try to be as thorough as possible. And to the very best of my knowledge, NO ONE IS DENIED the RIGHT to purchase, own and shoot a gun, who has passed all the requirements.
AND ONCE WE RECEIVE OUR RPAL . . . we can buy as many guns as we wish, with as much ammunition we can store.
In Texas . . . Anne and I are members of the Eagle Peak Shooting Range in Leander, in the Hill Country near Austin, where we shoot quite a bit amongst friends. One of the things at Eagle Peak, and at other really good shooting ranges in the USA where we shoot, is the number of women, young and older, many of which are novices, and many like Anne, who have honed their skills.
There are days when Anne and I show up at the range, when almost, as many shooters are women, as there are men, and they are not yahoos. Most of them are well turned-out, some are very attractive, and are obviously serious about what they’re doing. And many of them are either by themselves, or with other women.
I like the Canadian system for its professional requirements of competence. I also like the Canadian system because of its in-depth background checks . . . and that’s it.
BUT IN SPITE OF THOSE DIFFERENCES . . . I love the American system, because it doesn’t assume people wanting to own guns need to have BIG BROTHER looking over their shoulder, and in MOST States, all people can carry their guns, mostly wherever they go.
I LIKE THE IDEA . . . that in most of the USA, wanting to own and carry a gun doesn’t make you a mental deviant, to be feared in the eye of the government, as it does in Canada, where gun owners are far too often too intimidated to speak about owning guns.
SO, FOR ALL THE GOOD . . . Canada’s system provides in terms of getting the RPAL, it doesn’t hold a candle to America’s SECOND AMENDMENT.
MOSTLY . . . it was a Press conference about nothing. Obama didn’t say anything new, nor did he set in motion anything that was really objectionable that the States won’t ignore anyway . . . and the new Republican President after November 2016 won’t dismiss.
What it was . . . was nothing short of another Obama opportunity to once again perform on stage in front of the cameras.
To me, the most obscene part of his press conference was his CROCODILE TEARS . . . and for theatrical effect, the staged pause in his speech, with his head slanted down to show his contrived grief.
SO WE HAVE TO ASK . . . Where were, and are Obama’s tears, every time a BLACK child is murdered in Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington DC, Los Angeles and other Black communities, where Blacks are wiping out Blacks, and are sending the American Murder Rate through the roof?
MAYBE . . . Obama should pass an Executive Order BANNING Black Americans from owning guns, and then, like magic, the American Gun Murder Rate would fall like a rock, since every statistic says that the ENORMOUS Majority of Gun Violence is in the above mentioned Black Communities.
I would like to see a combination of Gun Rules in Canada and the USA, but since that will never be, Anne and I are thrilled to be here in America, enjoying the Freedom of the Second Amendment, which gives even to us . . . Canadians, who could otherwise never hope for this type of FREEDOM on our side of the 49th Parallel, with our Canadian registered guns.
God Bless America.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov