Around around goes the blame game.
Guns do not kill people, people kill people.
Yes that is right.
Guns are inanimate objects that cannot harm unless improperly used.
However and here is the rub, the vast majority of shootings have taken place with legally purchased guns.
I looked at the research.
What they term ‘illegal’ weapons are ones taken without consent from the family home…..that were purchased legally.
I am not advocating for the taking away of anyone’s guns.
I know that law abiding adults everywhere purchase guns for pleasure and protection.
They keep their weapons locked in one place and the ammunition in another.
They have taught their children to respect the gun.
They have taught their children to have care with a gun.
They have taught…..
What I am advocating for is a background check.
Having to take a course on gun safety.
Which they do in Canada.
My ex got took his Firearms safety course while we were still together.
It is required before one can apply for their PAL.
Possession Acquisition License.
In other words to legally purchase a gun in Canada one first must take a course and then apply for their PAL.
A background check is done by the local police detachment, in our case the RCMP.
When he applied for his PAL we were separated.
I received a call from the RCMP asking me if I felt comfortable with him having a gun in his possession.
Did I have any fear for myself or anyone else in that regard?
I easily could tell them no, I had no concerns.
Despite the fact that at the time things were pretty acrimonious between us, I never worried that if he became enraged that he would try to kill me.
In my early ’20’s I was a reference for a co-worker.
This was in the early 1990’s and am not sure what he was applying for one for.
I do remember getting a call from the RCMP asking me questions.
Maybe it is the RCMP doing the background checks but again only twice have I been contacted.
Was he responsible?
Was he prone to rage?
I was able to easily answer no to all the questions.
And if I recall correctly you have to have known your reference for several years not just met three months ago.
Does it take a bit to get your PAL in Canada?
But it is the only way to legally obtain a gun.
I can hear your arguments now about all the illegal guns out there.
And I will say again, these mass shootings by and large are committed by individuals who have legally purchased their weapons.
Or taken from the home where they had been legally purchased.
When faced with such evidence where do your arguments go?
What can you say?
I know what I can say:
19 children and 2 adults.
Picture is my own