Monday, 11 October 2004 by Pierre Lemieux
Bruce Montague's basic crime was to refuse to humbly ask for a gun owner licence, which implies
answering questions like:
"During the past five years, have you threatened or attempted suicide, or have you been diagnosed
or treated by a medical
practitioner for: depression; alcohol, drug or substance abuse; behavioural problems; or
emotional problems?" and "During the past
two years, have you experienced a divorce, a separation, a breakdown of a significant
relationship, job loss or bankruptcy?" These
obscene questions have been on the application forms since the 1990s, and a positive answer will
lead to further interrogations.
If anybody had told us just a few decades ago that peaceful Canadians would have to answer these
sorts of questions from the
state every five years just to keep their firearms-and this is only one of the liberticidal
aspects of the gun-control legislations
imposed in 1991 and in 1995-most of us would not have believed it. Some would probably have
boasted that "there will be a
There has been no revolution thus far, but at least a few hundred thousand Canadians have not
complied and have thus been
turned into peaceful criminals. Among them, a few heroes from the Canadian Unregistered Firearm
( www.cufoa.ca ) have openly defied the "law" (so-called). The police did make a few arrests among
CUFOA resisters, but under
older sections of the Criminal Code, and the Crown ended up dropping the charges.
In short, and disregarding real criminals at which the prosecution has thrown the book of all
applicable laws, the state has used
C-68 (passed in 1995) and its 1991 predecessor law virtually only against unknown peaceful
citizens who were not engaged in
open civil disobedience.
This changed on Sept. 11 with the arrest of Bruce Montague who, as a CUFOA director, has
participated in many civil
disobedience activities. The Ontario Provincial Praetorians (called the Ontario Provincial Police
in Newspeak) also arrested Bruce's
wife, Donna, kept Bruce in custody, and spent the whole weekend occupying and searching the
family house, from which the
family was banned.
Why did Leviathan target Bruce Montague? Why not, say, Saskatchewan veterinarian Ed Hudson or
miner Jack Wilson or small
businessman Al Muir in Nova Scotia? Because Montague is a gunsmith and will be easier to vilify
in public opinion. Moreover, he
lives in a rural area, outside of Dryden, Ont., and had dynamite to blow up beaver dams. (So much
dynamite wasted! Just
kidding.) The sniffing praetorians found some in his fridge. As this article is finalized, there
are rumours of fully automatic
weapons that were so well hidden that the cops did not find them during the first search. (Mr.
Montague has skills that the rest of
us should learn.) Imagine how the monster will be depicted by the self-righteous apparatchiks!
Leviathan is not always stupid. It likes to target the most vulnerable victims and break the
weakest link in the chain of resistance.
Barring unexpected surprises, the victimless "crimes" that Bruce Montague and his wife have been
charged with are peaceful
activities, in which Canadians were at liberty to engage for more than a hundred years after
Confederation and for a few centuries
of the French and English colonial periods. By resisting laws that violate our traditional
liberties, Bruce Montague was rendering a
service to all Canadians. George Orwell, the prescient author of Nineteen Eighty-four, wrote,
"That rifle hanging on the wall of the
working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it
At the time of going to press, we hope that the hero, who has been in jail for more than a week,
will be released on bail pending
his trial. "I am scared," his wife told me.
Even for a gentler and kinder police state, there is no way, except overt violence, to enforce
laws that are unjust to, and hated by,
a significant minority of the public. The liberticidal firearm controls imposed by the
politicians and bureaucrats in 1977, 1991 and
1995 can only be enforced by armed praetorians terrorizing wives and occupying and searching
family homes. The emperor is not
naked, he's got praetorians.
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