Marco Mendicino’s Agenda: More Important than Facts?
We apologize for another column bitching about the outrageous behaviour of federal Minister Marco Mendicino; but frankly, the man has hit rock bottom and just keeps digging.
His slavish devotion to his Master – Justin Trudeau – and his inability to tell the truth about anything, makes us seriously wonder if he is the advance wave of the next election sowing the lies the Liberals will use to attack their opponents when we next go to the polls.
When the facts don’t support your political agenda, confuse your audience by linking items that have no correlation at all.
That’s what Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino does consistently, as he did again on August 17, 2022.
“Handguns are the No. 1 type of guns used in homicides,” Mendicino started his statement.
Drug dealers, gang members and violent criminals all love their illegal handguns – most often smuggled into Canada from the United States.
But then Mendicino attempted to link legal handgun transfers to federally-licensed, RCMP-vetted Restricted Possession and Acquisition Licence (RPAL) holders with those homicides committed by the aforementioned drug dealers, gang members and violent criminals.
“It’s a type of gun that has been growing, on average, between 45,000 and 55,000 new registrations each and every year, and we want to stop that trend…”
The rise in handgun registrations reflects the massive growth of the shooting sports over the past decade – nothing more.
Licensed firearm owners are an easy target that costs the Liberals nothing because these individuals typically don’t vote for them.
Conflating RPAL holders with violent criminals panders to urban Canadian ignorance of Canadian firearms law. Since his election as “Sycophant for Trudeau”, Mendicino has spent endless hours turning Canadians against one another, vilifying and demonizing his own countrymen for his own political purposes.
Predictably, he portrays new restrictions on licensed firearm owners as a measure to combat criminal violence – yet it does no such thing.
How could it?
Drug dealers, gang members and other violent criminals use illegal guns smuggled into Canada from the United States.
At no point are they ever “clients” of the Canadian Firearms Program – a descriptive that must be the most depraved variant of the word “victim”. Sometimes the CFP even processes and approves legal firearm transfers to licensed firearm owners.[ii]
“…and we hope that by doing so we’ll bring down handgun violence which sadly has been on the rise.”
As we sadly noted in last week’s commentary:[iii]
Since August 1, 2022, 40 violent repeat offenders, all arrested for committing other crimes, were also charged with 111 counts of breaching their Firearm Prohibition Orders.
Another 48 news reports since August 1 detail cases where one or more criminals are either wanted or were already arrested and charged for committing one or more criminal offences.
These criminals and their crimes are all but ignored by Marco Mendicino because he prefers to drop the full weight of his office on the heads of Canada’s most vetted citizens: Firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) holders.
Just like you prevent drunk driving by targeting those who drink and drive, you prevent violent crime by targeting those who commit those crimes, not those who obey every law, rule, and regulation to the letter.
If Marco Mendicino – a former Crown Prosecutor and the mock chicken loaf of the Canadian legal deli – was serious about stopping violent crime, he would take measures directed at those who commit violent crime.
It’s so simple, the very essence of the Stupidocracy – a Liberal Cabinet minister – ought to be able to comprehend it. Yet he can’t
More stats showing Canada doesn't have gun crime problem
I’m going to throw a lot of statistics at you in this column, but my purpose is simple: To show that Canada does not have a gun crime problem, at least not one that would warrant the kind of draconian gun controls the Trudeau government has brought in during the past two years, and is still bringing in.
On Aug. 19, the Liberals will ban the legal import of handguns into Canada. Since handgun ownership in Canada has been closely regulated since 1934 (88 years) and since nearly all handguns used in crimes in Canada are illegal ones smuggled in from the States, the Trudeau ban will have exactly zero impact on gun crime in Canada.
Legal handguns aren’t a problem.
The sole effect will be to punish legitimate gun owners so the Liberals can tell their urban supporters that the government is being tough on crime, even though the crime they are being tough on is relatively rare in Canada, but which nonetheless frightens Liberal voters, especially in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.
So determined are the Liberals to score points by demonizing legitimate gun owners immediately, the Trudeau government is banning handgun imports using a law that was mostly designed to prevent foreign dairy producers from flooding our domestic markets with cheap cheese.
While a judge would almost certainly overturn this Liberal legal fraud, by the time the case could get to court, the Liberals (and NDP and Bloc) will have passed a full handgun ban making the fraudulence of their current move moot.
All of the Liberals’ maneuvers – the handgun ban, the assault weapons ban in 2020, even the gun registry in the 1990s – have been predicated on the assertion from the Liberals and gun-control zealots that firearms crime in Canada is bad, getting worse, and in danger of being out of control.
This perception is fed by biased media coverage that lacks all perspective, too.
The top Canadian city on the list of the world’s most murderous cities was Thunder Bay with 6.35 murders per 100,000 (by all types of weapons). That might sound like a lot, but Thunder Bay’s murder rate would make the northern Ontario city just 59th-worst in the U.S.
We sometimes hear scary phrases and headlines, such as “Summer of the Gun” and “raging gun violence.” Yet homicide rates (all weapons) in Canada’s 10 largest cities wouldn’t even get one of them into the top 100 in the US.
The four Canadian cities where pollsters find the greatest support for gun control – Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver – have not only among the lowest homicide rates in the country, they have among the lowest homicide rates in the world.
For instance, Toronto had 1.62 murders per 100,000 population last year. St. Louis (No. 1 for murder in the U.S.) had nearly 70 murders per 100,000 – 43 times the rate in T.O. Montreal and Vancouver had murder rates below 1.0 per 100,000.
As a country, we’re 10th on the Global Peace Index, the Americans are 128th. I’m not sure we could design a gun control program that would make us much safer.
By comparison to Latin American ones, even U.S. cities are not that bad. Of the top 10 cities for homicides in 2021, five were in Mexico, three in Brazil and two in Venezuela.
The most murderous city in the world, Los Cabos, Mexico, has 111 murders for every 100,000 people. That’s more than 100 times the rate in Montreal (0.97 per 100,000).
If Ottawa wants to make a dent in Canada’s already proudly low firearms murder rates, it should focus on traffickers and smugglers, not duck hunters and target shooters.
Blame your Liberal MP Pam Damoff, who's more interested in making you feel safe and slandering, scapegoating, Olympians, Sport shooters, and Hunters than look at here own failures since 2015 in not introducing legislation to know the whereabouts of over 400,000 + criminals with Firearms Prohibition Orders against them some with Lifetime Bans.
But Pam Damoff and the Liberals have the audacity to usher in legislation such as, Bill C-5 that eliminates a number of firearms offenses and the mandatory prison times, such as robbery with a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent to harm, and weapons trafficking. How will this stop gangs/criminal organizations
SECU Committee meetings on Guns, Gangs, and Border.