Monday, 22 November 2004
Kevin Libin, Editor
Dear Mr Libin
Re: Letter to Editor / Civil Disobedience to the Firearms Act
According to researchers for the Library of Parliament the Firearms Act
may survive a constitutional challenged based upon the Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedoms (“Report Say Firearms Act Is Unassailable”,
Western Standard, Matthew Stuart, 22Nov04). But when Mr Stuart suggests
that opponents of the law “might want to rethink their strategy,” he is
making the mistaken assumption that we view a Supreme Court decision as
the endgame in our efforts to protect our Liberty. The private ownership
of firearms is based upon much more than a legal proposition. The Right
of individual self-defense is a moral imperative that predates any government.
A Charter challenge is but the first step in our campaign to have this
unjust law repealed. While we eagerly await the opportunity to exposed
this fraudulent law in court, we certainly are under no illusions about
a Supreme Court packed with Jean Chrétien and Paul Martins’ liberal
appointees. But as good citizens we must at least give the courts the
opportunity to judge our petition fairly.
Civil disobedience, as political philosopher John Rawls noted, only
actually begins after the courts have ruled upon the constitutionality
of a law.
So regardless of the court pronouncements, we will continue our drive to
protect our Liberty. We will not surrender the most basic of all human
Rights to the government. Like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. before
us, we will take our peaceful, nonviolent appeal directly to the people.
Do Canadians truly support an unnecessary, horrendously expensive,
ineffective law ? Do Canadians actually want a deceitful law which
strips innate, inalienable Rights and Freedoms from responsible citizens
and sends then to prison while violent crime continues unabated ?
As Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz recently remarked, Parliament holds
the ultimate responsibility for this Act.
We totally agree. We will only rest when Parliament recognizes our
Rights and repeals this mendacious law.
Thank you for your consideration.
Edward B. Hudson, DVM, MS
Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association
402 Skeena Crt
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4H2
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