As a Canadian I get to live in a country with so-called “common sense” gun control laws. I can share some of the experiences I have had and witnessed in my course of living in a country with these laws.
How common sense is it that, if you own a legal pistol of certain arbitrary calibers (anything greater than a .357), if you want to drive from your home with your gun in a bulletproof locked case to the gun range in order to use it, you must have a police escort. How is that common sense? Yet this is a regulation in Ontario.
I live in the city of Hamilton, where there has been a series of home invasions that have this summer led to the deaths of several home owners. My friend’s house was recently broken into. In this house his elderly father lives along with his 14-year-old sister. His father took one of my friend’s guns from his collection and shot the intruder. My friend’s father now faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault and possession of an unregistered firearm. See, his son had the license and even though they lived in the same house, the father didn’t have the same license. So, the father now faces 10 years in prison. The home invader who has multiple previous convictions will get two years less a day most likely.
Or how about the time a man in southern Ontario had a group of men armed with Molotov cocktails approach his house threatening to firebomb it? He fired three shots in the air to frighten them away. The cops arrived later and, of course, arrested him for firing his gun and charged him.
My understanding is that eventually, after years, he was let go. Of course, I believe he had to sell his home in order to pay his legal bills.
Then there is of course the High River gun grab. Where the federal police seized 600 guns that were safely locked up in an evacuated town. There was of course no one left to “steal” the often times locked up firearms, secured in legal gun cabinets. That didn’t prevent the police from busting into the houses, destroying private property. The cops likely had a forbidden copy of a now destroyed federal database of guns. How much private property was destroyed? $2.3 million worth it seems?
My own experience? I don’t own a gun and I have never fired one in my life. However, three months after buying my old house, a group of what one presumes crackheads. Kicked down the front door of my house. They smashed my cars headlights, they smashed my TV and smashed holes in my wall. They were screaming how they were going to kill everyone in the house. They only seemed to have left as they realized they had smashed into the wrong house.
Fortunately, they left before they smashed me or any of my roommates who had barricaded themselves in their rooms. But after the police response time of 10 minutes and their lackluster investigation (oh, by the way, they never caught the culprits). I have great envy for most Americans who live in places where they can reasonably protect themselves without fear of being arrested by the cops for protecting their life and home from being murdered or destroyed.
So the next time someone goes on about common sense gun control and reasonable law enforcement just point them to this post and tell them exactly how things go for gun owners in Canada. Because when they say they only want reasonable laws, they are lying.