In Canada, there’s no Second Amendment. They don’t have the protections on gun rights the way we do.
Think about that for a moment and how much infringement on our gun rights we have despite the Second Amendment, now imagine how bad it would be if there was no Second Amendment to protect them. That’s the reality on the ground up in Canada.
Further, their black market is no different than ours. They deal primarily in stolen guns.
Yet that black market is also used to justify further restrictions on guns for the law-abiding Canadians. Well, if that’s the case, then maybe lawmakers ought to start looking at the military and the Mounties too.
One of the arguments gun control advocates will make for calling for an outright ban on handguns or certain rifles is that if regular citizens don’t have these firearms in their homes, they can’t be lost or stolen to be used in a crime.
Newly-released documents from the RCMP and other federal departments and agencies show that if the risk of lost and stolen guns is an issue, then we better think of taking guns from the Mounties, maybe even the military.
Firearms researcher Dennis Young obtained a list of the number of guns lost or stolen by police or public agencies from 2005 through 2019 and the numbers might shock you.
A total of 640 firearms were reported lost in that time frame, another 173 were reported stolen.
That includes 469 handguns reported lost and another 117 handguns stolen.
Well, isn’t that special.
Now, to be fair, these guns represent only a fraction of guns that ended up in criminal hands. However, if we look at individual owners, they contribute an even smaller fraction of guns. Why on Earth should they be punished?
The truth is, claims that guns can’t end up in criminal hands if private citizens aren’t allowed to have them are naive at best. Yes, guns on the black market tend to be stolen guns. Yes, most of those tend to have been stolen from private citizens.
However, that’s only part of the story.
For one thing, guns aren’t disposable goods. They don’t degrade readily over time. Once one enters the black market, the only way it leaves the market is if the police recover it somehow. While that sounds like a lot of guns, it’s still only a fraction of the total number of guns available. Meanwhile, a ban would disarm the law-abiding while doing nothing to the criminals. You’d likely see a surge in crime.
For another thing, claims that criminals couldn’t get guns if there weren’t any guns to steal precludes the idea of smuggling. Drugs seem to find their way into Canada just fine, so why would anyone assume that guns couldn’t make their way into the country the same way? Of course, they would. If people want guns, they’ll get guns.
Especially since they’re also stealing them from the police and military. No one is talking about disarming them, now are they?
All I can say is that I’m glad I’m not Canadian. Unfortunately, this insanity knows no borders.