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Old 03-13-2015, 21:14   #1
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Harper: Guns important for 'safety' in rural homes

When asked about new firearms legislation at an event in Saskatoon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said there are too many restrictions on gun ownership, which he added is important for the livelihoods of rural people, recreation and personal safety.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/harper-guns-important-for-safety-in-rural-homes-far-from-immediate-police-assistance-1.2277304#
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:19   #2
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Harper sparks controversy by linking guns and personal security

Liberal MP Wayne Easter said the consequences of Harper’s remarks could be dangerous if interpreted the wrong way by a gun owner. Easter, a former solicitor general who is now the Liberals’ public safety critic, said Monday that this is not the message Canadians should hear from their prime minister.
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/harper-sparks-controversy-by-linking-guns-and-personal-security
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Old 03-18-2015, 17:43   #3
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Harper calls criticism ‘patently ridiculous’

Harper said Canadians who want to own a gun must get a permit and accept a range of responsibilities. “There’s a bunch of other things you have to do, including you must respect the law and you must follow the Criminal Code. And those are the realities of the situation. And that’s why we have a law-abiding gun community in this country.”
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/18/harper-calls-criticism-his-gun-ownership-comments-could-prompt-vigilantism-patently-ridiculous/
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:43   #4
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A well-targeted message on guns from the PM

...so what was he saying, exactly? Probably the truth. That, to some degree, rural Canadians living far from the nearest police station may like knowing that they’ve got a legal firearm at hand, as an added measure of security. If the presence of a working rifle nearby helps a person sleep better, there is no law against that...
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/a-well-targeted-message-on-guns-from-the-pm/article23526463/
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:55   #5
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National Post View: Harper was right on guns

A Canadian who lawfully possesses a firearm — and millions do — is entirely within his rights to use it in self-defence, so long as its use was reasonable in the circumstances. That’s not vigilantism. That’s the law of the land. A homeowner who shoots an intruder, even in self-defence, may face serious questions about why there was a loaded gun handy in the first place. It is also true that certain classes of firearms, notably handguns, may only legally be possessed by collectors and target shooters. But even these may be used in reasonable self-defence. We’re not advocating anyone should: Where possible, it’s best to call the police. But there can be exigent circumstances, as the law recognizes.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/19/national-post-view-harper-was-right-on-guns/
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Old 03-22-2015, 21:03   #6
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Edmonton Journal: Harper misfires by a mile

In this prime minister’s Canada, it is perfectly reasonable to worry about the minuscule chance of a home invasion in which police response times would be inadequate — but foolishly unreasonable to worry about the chance of accidents, poor storage and theft, and about the occasional soul who only appears “law abiding” until he starts blasting away. It may well be that city residents do not understand what it feels like to live a long way from police and even neighbours. But how many gun skeptics are in an understanding mood, when clearly there wasn’t a shred of understanding from registry opponents for the two-thirds of urban dwellers who wanted guns banned altogether according to polls at the time of the registry debate.Clearly, Harper believes the occasional tragedy is worth the price of some gun-owning freedom.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Friday+Editorial+Harper+misfires+mile/10904011/story.html
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Old 03-23-2015, 18:18   #7
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Harper's comments match hard evidence

The Edmonton Journal in particular ran an over-the-top editorial denouncing Harper in particular and gun ownership in general that reads almost like a work of satire -- but the editors were quite serious. Brian Lilley explains what's wrong with the "studies" that gun-hating liberals always cite, and explains what the statistics really reveal about gun ownership and crime.

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Old 03-25-2015, 02:32   #8
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Agar: Anti-gun sentiment not based on facts

...gun control for the purposes of suicide prevention is not only suspect in its effectiveness, it is a curious argument to make in a nation seemingly bent on legalizing assisted suicide, with the belief that suicide in some circumstances is not only justified, but somehow noble.
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/03/23/anti-gun-sentiment-not-based-on-facts
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