This article is an important reminder that the current Canadian firearms laws are very scary for the average law abiding citizen, including many of our members who are active hunters.
Yesterday in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario the house of a 75 year old man was broken into and various items stolen. The man (victim) called police to investigate, and during their investigation of the robbery the police arrested HIM (yes, the victim) for failing to have a trigger lock on one of his rifles!
One of the public relations members of the Sault Ste. Marie police force even said on television something to the effect that “if he had trigger locks on those items they probably wouldn’t have been stolen”. Pardon me?! What evidence exists to show that when a thief sees a rifle with a trigger lock they’re not going to steal it. There isn’t any – it’s pure myth spun by the politically correct establishment.
Regardless of what you might think about gun control and gun laws, has our country come to the point where the average citizen often becomes the “bad guy”? Is there anyone left with any common sense, or have we the taxpayers sent our politicians and public servants away on too many courses and seminars about how to create useless policies, and zealously enforce idiotic rules that harass the average person?
So in Canada where we expect the police to protect us, the thief gets away free as a bird but the victim gets put in jail. Sure, technically the law says all firearms are to be properly secured. But is this the level of punishment our society intends to serve for this type of infraction? This person is arrested, has the arrest on their record forever, and may not be allowed to travel to the United States or other countries ever again. This is sheer lunacy!