Having been raised in alberta, I was raised with a huge sense of pride in our past, our familes and a real make do attitude, most of the men and few of us ladies in our family hunt, within my own family, we were raised as children not only having hunting in the family with wild game filling the freezer and many jars in the cellar but with my family involved in the Alberta Black Powder Club
Fast forward many years and my dad still has his own range on his farm, and last time I was home, I got woke up in the early morning to get to try out his new rifles, and let me tell ya, he has some sweet ones.. I don’t show very many photos of my family on the blog, and when I do, I tend to take out our faces but this is one of my favorite photos I took of my dad on my last visit home.
I remember being so excited at the age of eight to get to go the local gun club for the children long gun training, and I spent many, many hours with “my” 22, weekends dressed into homemade dress’s with sack cloth apron and bobbin head gear, knife throwing contests, ax throwing contests, just for us ladies.. Cast Iron pan throwing contests, some of my best memories was not just getting to shoot but the whole get togethers and family time, pot lucks in the evenings, running wild in the bush or in the badlands, fishing at the local rivers, learning how to help set up the TP’s, one of the children’s games that was done with a parent, in my case, it was dad, was we were given a can, and an egg and matches, and you had to run for the water, gatherer the material, start the fire, get the water to boil and eat the egg.. Poor daddy, that egg was never hard boiled when he glupped it down, runny at best LOL
But really while that was good clean fun, its not my favorite memories as a child, they would be sitting and visting in the building that dad did his bullet making, hours of skimming lead, and making our own bullets, hours spent on our own personal range on the farm, it was quiet and we had to be careful but we were not coddled either, the rumble of the shell cleaner, the hiss of the propane going that melted the lead and that special metal smell and the never lost it amazement when a perfect one came out of the bullet molds.
Now my dad has been active before this law passed trying to stop it, he has driven across the province attending the big gatherings and meetings, I remember watching one of alberta’s biggest rallies to stop the Long Gun registery and there in the front row was my dad on the evening news!
I have also been active over the years in a number of different ways letting those in power know that I want it GONE!, on the vote last year (that lost by a meer sliver) I phone every parties member in my country, all the parties in the province, contacted both by letter, email and phone all the parties on a national level, I even contacted the offices of those across this country of mine that were on the fence, wanting to vote against their party line..
And to be honest, I was a little pissed that as soon as I said I was a farmer, one of the BIG parties, sighed and said, we know “farmers” want it removed, but the city folks all want it.. Really that is what you tell someone that call’s you to express their concerns, one of them said to me, there are more voters in the populated area’s that want the control, then there are in the country.. Thankfully the other three parties listened to me, without judging based on my livelyhood.
So you can imagine just how happy I am to hear this week that goverment has tabled a bill to remove not only the long gun registery but also that they are planning on destroying the data bases so that the database will not be able to be taken over and redone into provincal long gun databases, interestingly, only one single province is even thinking of doing so, and the rest have no plans at this time.
Here are a few facts, “they” say that we have three unregistered long guns for each one that is registered.. so if almost 8 million are, that means that if their guess is right that we have about 32 million long guns in canada, so as we are to have about 33 million peaple in canada, that’s a gun per person.. not even looking at hand guns.
Firearms registered (as of September 2011): 7,865,994
- Non-restricted firearms: 7,137,386
- Restricted firearms: 528,323
- Prohibited firearms: 200,285
Firearms per 100,000 population: 24,882 (Prince Edward Island has the lowest rate, at 18,029, and Yukon has the highest, 87,278
Having lived in the NWT, and Nunavut, I can honestly say that yes, almost everyone has long guns and rightly so, who would want to go on the land without them! Interesting that the Yukon has the highest number..
During those years, the cost of establishing the registry was more than $1 billion. The Harper government campaigned on getting rid of the long-gun registry and now it says it also intends to destroy all the information about long-gun owners that has been collected.
Headed for the Trash Heap: The federal gun registry had amassed more than 6.6-million records on non-restricted firearms by March 31, 2009. These data will be destroyed, the Conservatives said, rather than leave the door open for a new registry. “We will not assist provinces to set up a back-door registry,” a government spokesman said.
Now I know that I have readers from many different backgrounds and I do understand that not everyone is going to agree with my views on the right to own a rifle for personal use, as always comments are welcome, all that are polite will be posted on though. (you would be amazed at some of the PETA type rants about me raising critters or butchering that don’t get put though)