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My wife Sharon and I live on an acreage in the Chilliwack River Valley with our dogs Tuck, a Labrador- Newfoundland cross and Abby, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
I hold a diploma in Theatre Arts from Studio 58, VCC Langara; Sharon is trained in landscape design. I have worked in theatre, film and television for thirty years.Currently I am a Motion Picture Propmaster (member, IATSE 891 and ACFC West); my resume is online at www.imdb.com and by surfing around www.iatse.com.
My first firearms safety course was at age 8 when I was in the Cub Scouts. I would hunt rabbits, squirrels and birds with an over/under .22/.410, the odd .303 as well as slingshots and bows. When I was a 14 year old Boy Scout I started taking shooting seriously enough to do well with small bore target rifle. After college I picked up air pistol.
Having to wrangle guns on movie sets re-ignited my passion for firearms. I began shooting trap and when I could, skeet and sporting clays. Handgun sports became my favorite - from Cowboy Action Shooting to IPSC and IDPA. I have never turned down an opportunity to take a gun course, even if it is a lower level than those I have already taken. Movie courses are the most fun - especially those held by Rod Phillipson when he operated Shooters Unlimited. Shooting some of the world's best handguns, rifles and full auto sub guns with live ammo was a treat. Working beside Thell Reid on the movie, "Gunfighters' Moon" gave me an appreciation for the Colt Single Action Army and what it took to use it quickly and safely from leather.
Along the way I became an NRA instructor in Home Firearms Safety, Basic Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home. Recently I added NRA Range Safety Officer to my certifications.
I have served as a Director of the Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association for the past eight years, with stints as Vice-President and President. I am a Life Member and Benefactor of the National Firearms Association and strongly support the work done by that organization. I am also a Director of NFA-BC. Sharon and I are both life members of the National Rifle Association. We are both strong supporters of the American 2nd Amendment and will do our best to assure Americans do not lose that very important right. We believe Canadian's, indeed all peoples of the world have the right to arms for personal protection should they make that personal choice. On a political level, without the right to arms the right to vote means nothing.
Other organizations I belong to and support are Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (my personal favorite line-in-the-sand group - get a copy of 'Innocents Betrayed", watch it, and then tell me you believe in registration and licensing); Responsible Firearms Owners of BC for their glossy mailouts and getting out the word; BC Wildlife Association for monitoring and helping shape sensible hunting regulations in BC.
I support the Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association because it is necessary to stand against the corrupt and dangerous policies that derive from the self-described social engineers that stride the corridors of government and bureaucracy. The history of mankind has always been one of striving for freedom from oppression and each success is a stepping stone to the next. Unfortunately, there is another, poisonous thread in human nature. That is the urge to manipulate for personal gain - often disguised as "for the common good". Like firearms, government can be a terrible tool. Like firearms, government can be used for good or bad. We have spoiled and irresponsible people wielding the power of government not only in Canada but in many countries of the world. People who are afraid of freedom. People who adore fascism. People who do not act for me, nor for any of the preceding generations who fought such attitudes with rocks, spears, bows and guns.
I support Bruce and Donna Montague and their family because they are our last best opportunity to bring down this nastiest of laws. If they fail, we can expect a very short future for legal firearms ownership in this country.
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