Massive New Ban On Guns Announced

The shooting in Uvalde, Texas on May 24th has triggered calls for gun control measures and outright bans from the left, as the country reels from two high-profile shootings in the past ten days.

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Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother before he went on a shooting spree at Robb Elementary School last week.

The shooter was shot dead after a siege that lasted over an hour. Police recovered more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition and 60 magazines he had with him.

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Many are questioning how the teen obtained so much expensive equipment in such a short span of time.

In providing a timeline of events, authorities have been unable to give a clear picture.

On Friday, authorities admitted that police waited more than 40 minutes to enter the school because they did not think there was still a threat of an active shooter.

Now, it’s not just socialist politicians in the U.S. calling for a ban on certain types of guns and ammunition, the dictator of our northern neighbor, Canada, has weighed in.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, announced his government will introduce legislation to prohibit the sale or purchase of handguns anywhere in Canada and to implement a “national freeze” on handgun ownership.

‘The day this legislation goes into effect it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns in Canada,’ the prime minister said.

If passed, the handgun ban will go into effect in the fall. According to a ministry statement, the minister of public safety has introduced changes to ensure swift implementation.

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As a result of the massacre at an elementary school in Texas last week, world leaders are worried about gun violence. Canadian gun laws are already significantly more restrictive than those in the United States.

Over 1,500 assault weapon models, including the AR-15, were banned in Canada two years ago. A protest march against the ban was held shortly afterwards by gun advocates on Parliament Hill.

Marco Mendicino, Public Safety Minister, suggested that the first phase of a program to buy back such weapons and compensate their owners will soon begin.

In a veiled attack on the U.S. gun laws, Canada’s minister of emergency preparedness, Bill Blair, said that Canada is very different from the U.S.

‘In Canada, gun ownership is a privilege not a right,’ Blair noted. ‘This is a principal that differentiates ourselves from many other countries in the world, notably our colleagues and friends to the south. In Canada, guns are only intended to be used for hunting and sport purposes.’

He added that guns are often smuggled into the country from the United States, which is home to one of the world’s largest arsenals of small arms.

In addition to taking away firearms licenses, Bill C-21 proposes taking away the permits of people who commit crimes such as domestic violence and stalking.

Among the proposed provisions are stricter sentences for gun smugglers and traffickers, as well as new tools for law enforcement, Mendicino noted.

Long-gun magazines will also need to be permanently altered so they cannot hold more than five rounds, and large-capacity magazines will be illegal to sell, buy, or transfer.

‘Other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives,’ Trudeau said at a news conference.

A 2021 University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation study found Canada has a firearm homicide rate of 0.5 per 100,000 people, compared with the U.S. rate of 4.12.

‘Canada can teach us a lot,’ Bruce Heyman, a former envoy for the Obama administration to Canada posted on Twitter.

Despite his government’s recognition that most Canadians who own guns are responsible, Trudeau said the rate of gun violence is too high. ‘This is a concrete and real national measure to long way toward keeping Canadians safe,’ Trudeau stated.

There are enough votes for the new measures to pass in Canada’s Parliament, as the ruling Liberals and the leftist opposition New Democrats are in agreement.

According to Canadian Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre, gun owners who follow the law should be respected, while violent criminals should be incarcerated.

A ‘red flag’ law would provide courts with the authority to require that people considered a danger to themselves or others hand over their firearms to police. Through the protection of applicants’ identities, the government said it would ensure the safety of people going through the application process, often women who are in danger of domestic abuse.

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Back in the U.S., Fox News reported that “Biden said there was a chance for compromise on gun control with “rational Republicans” such as McConnell, R-Ky., and Cornyn, R-Texas, during remarks to reporters Monday, though he warned that there is not much he can do on his own through executive action.”

The president pointed to the possibility of expanding background checks and limiting the sale of certain weapons, noting that such proposals would have to come from legislative negotiation with the GOP and is not something he could do unilaterally.

But Biden expressed optimism that some Republicans may be willing to take his side on the issue after McConnell directed Cornyn to attempt to work with the White House on a potential compromise, arguing that some members of the GOP believe that the current gun violence cannot go unchecked.

The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. But the left is moving fast to do so.