I originally sent this on Tuesday but just learned that while I was in jail we changed servers and my letter from Tuesday went into cyberspace! Here it is again:
It's been a long 25 days in jail for me and my family. It feels VERY GOOD to be out on bail. I'm sorry for taking so long in writing you all since my release but Donna and Katey gave me strict orders NOT to go near the answering machine, computer and stack of letters and documents that were waiting for me. We had a very pleasant weekend horseback riding and visiting with family and friends. Monday was spent getting my desk organized again.
I want to thank all those who wrote and called with moral support during this difficult time. We very much appreciate it. Because of the volume of letters and messages it may take me a while to reply, so please be patient.
I'm now a month behind in all my work, but enjoy the opportunity to finally be able to do that work! I've never been bored in my whole life, that is until this past month sitting in jail. It's very frustrating just sitting around "killing time" when I have tons of work piling up for me at home. The biggest problem I had to overcome was dealing with the feeling of depression that overwhelmed me for the first couple of weeks. It's difficult to explain clearly but I felt like a worthless piece of trash that society had just tossed into the garbage. Jail is a very dehumanizing and degrading place to be, but your prayers, letters and phone calls (to my wife) helped me (and my family) to get through this.
Our charter challenge of the Firearms Act (Bill C-68) has already been submitted to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. We don't know when they will hear the case yet but we expect it may take a year. In the meantime we urgently need to raise more funds so that we can afford to put together all the legal arguments for the appeal. We have been warned that the court transcript alone may cost us $15,000!!! (It seems our justice system is running quite a lucrative business.)
I have noticed that donations have increased substantially over the past month and that's great to see! I'm not too sure why but my guess is that many have already figured out that funds are low and we need to prepare ourselves for the next stage in the court battle. A big thank you for all those who have donated, but don't forget to encourage those who are just sitting on the sidelines to step in and do their part in protecting our rights. The financial burden on each of us is a lot lighter if more people pitch in. "Many hands make light work!"
Again, thank you for your support during this past month. It's greatly appreciated. It feels so good to be home again!
Yours in Liberty,
"Canadian politicians, unlike Americans or those who've actually lived
under oppression, value peace higher than freedom. Peace-seekers need
reminding that cattle on a well-run farm have the ideal peaceful
existence; abundant food, warm accommodation, no threats - until the day
they go to the slaughter house. That's not the sort of peace most of us
- Peter Worthington
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