Not one to let a potentially politically beneficial crisis go un-exploited, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau rammed through a ban on “assault-style weapons” and other scary-looking guns in 2020 after a 12-hour spree shooting that resulted in 22 people dead in Nova Scotia.
As Prime Minister Zoolander, who seems to get his talking points from Shannon Watts, said at the time . . .
“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada,” said the prime minister. “Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”
Canadians still have a few months left in order to turn in their banned firearms — the amnesty expires April 30 — before they become felons. And how’s that process going?
Only 160 firearms that the Liberal government prohibited more than a year and a half ago have been deactivated or surrendered, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. …
“The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) can confirm that, as of Dec. 9, 2021, 18 firearms (formerly classified as restricted) affected by the May 1, 2020, Order in Council (OIC) have been deactivated,” added Sgt. Caroline Duval, the spokesperson who forwarded the Mounties’ response.
“In addition, there have been 142 OIC-affected firearms recorded as surrendered to a public agency for destruction since May 1, 2020.”
The official excuse for the minuscule compliance rate that’s being put forward by officials and supporters is that the government has yet to come up with details for a buyback program they promised for the outlawed guns. Compliant Canadians are just waiting for that to be put into place. Then they’ll rush to their local RCMP outpost and toss their gats in the barrel.
Uh huh. If you believe that, I have some beachfront property in Saskatchewan I’d like to talk to you about.
When Prime Minister Blackface issued the ban by executive diktat, Canaduh’s government estimated that Canucks owned between 90,000 and 105,000 of the newly verboten guns. But that estimate wildly understates the actual number of firearms covered by the ban.
How do we know? Because Canadians flooded gun stores and bought at least 30,000 more AR-15s in the run-up to the ban. And ARs were just one of 1500 models that were outlawed. That means the measly 160 guns that have been turned in so far aren’t even enough to qualify as a rounding error.
The Toronto Sun‘s Lorne Gunter doesn’t have much faith in the government’s stated, long-delayed plan to buy back all of those forbidden firearms.
The 2020 order compelled them to turn in their banned guns for destruction by April 30, 2022. Yet 99.9 % of them have yet to do so.
No doubt this is largely because the buyback program is not yet in place. Anyone who turns in his or her guns now risks not receiving any cash from Ottawa when the buyback begins.
But the fact the buyback hasn’t even been set up 20 months after the ban was proclaimed and just four months before the deadline for surrendering guns shows just how unprepared and incompetent the Liberals are at putting their virtue signals into action.
I hope the Trudeau government never gets around to confiscating the guns of legal firearms owners. I am cheering for the buyback’s failure.
It is unrealistic, to the point of asininity, to imagine that with 120 days to go until 100,000 (or more) guns have to be turned in that the Trudeau Libs can create a buyback that will work.
Canadians have a well-known reputation for being inordinately nice people. That generally amiable nature, however, apparently doesn’t extend to their willingness to give up their guns and turn them into their overreaching, inept government.