ROTHENBURGER – At long last, tide is turning toward sensible gun laws


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and cabinet ministers announce assault-rifle ban. (Image: Govt of Canada, PMO)

TWO VERY IMPORTANT THINGS happened on the gun law front Friday that lead me to think we might finally be making some progress, albeit imperfectly.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held his daily news conference but this time all the attention wasn’t on COVID-19; it was on guns.

Along with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Justice Minister David Lametti, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Joel Lightbound, parliamentary secretary for public safety, Trudeau outlined a decision to ban “military-style assault rifles” or “assault-style rifles.”

Coincidentally, just a few hours earlier, the Angus Reid Institute released the results of a new public opinion survey showing that Canadians strongly support such a ban.

So, public opinion and political action are finally in sync with one another.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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7 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – At long last, tide is turning toward sensible gun laws

  1. Can you please show the Liberal gov’ts own survey they did in 2019 that was much more statistically significant? Could you perhaps mention the largest petition in Canadian history that disagreed with the order in council ban? There are 250 murders a year in Canada. About 200 are done by drug dealers, and 200 are done with handguns. 50 are done with rifles, and almost all of them are done with regular looking rifles and shotguns…..most years there are 1 or even 0 murders done by assault style rifles. There are 3 or 4 mass shootings in Canada in the past 50 years that are usually mentioned….the total number murdered is about 40. For comparison purposes 100 people die every week from opioid overdoses, over 20 pedestrians get hit by cars in Toronto alone on some days……why are sport cars that can go over 200 km/hr not banned if the speed limit is 100….surely nobody needs a sports car.

  2. R A George // May 6, 2020 at 10:27 AM // Reply

    Dream on Pierre. One cannot uninvent the wheel. The United Nations mandate to disarm the public of the world will never happen.What Frank and John say is closer to the truth.What will become of The Lone Ranger and Red Ryder. There will have to be a wholesale banning of books and confiscation of old Hopalong Cassidy movies. Little boys will no longer be exposed to guns of any kind.
    The police,whoever they may be at this future fairytail date,will have to have some serious changes.It wasn’t long ago when there was a picture of an RCMP flipping hamburgers at some kids do complete with bullet proof vest and automatic pistol. A couple of months ago at a Lions Club dinner at the local community hall I was served part of my dinner by an armed cop with bullet proof vest.I was not impressed This is in a small town,that unlike Williams Lake standards, is reasonably law abiding There is a time and a place and these kinds of events are not one of them.
    I might add that Bill Blair,an ex Toronto police chief.who looks like an Irish street thug and has had to deal with the riff raff of the Toronto streets for so long he thinks that nearly every Canadian firearms owner is tarred with the same brush.

  3. Frank Dwyer // May 3, 2020 at 5:38 PM // Reply

    There has been no end of public input on the matter. I think what drives the desire to own lethal weapons (they are fetish objects too, witness the enthusiast mags) is a desire to protect oneself and family against the drug dealers, the others (read the poor, different and downtrodden) and the feared coming revolution. Witness some of the groups in the states who protest with AR’s strapped to their chests – look at the age/sex demographic, the entirely white race and the hats, camo gear and military trappings. Come the revolution they will not much protect their family but only add to the carnage. This ban is a good step forward, but alas a very limited one. We need to examine our appetite for violence and the amount of hatred in our culture.

  4. Don Drysdale // May 3, 2020 at 10:21 AM // Reply

    Another fine piece of toothless legislation

  5. I do fully support a ban on assault rifles but I also agree with John on that false sense of security thing…the ban should extend to manufacturing them, worldwide.

  6. This was passed without any public input. Not a great day for Canadian rights.

  7. John Noakes // May 2, 2020 at 12:20 PM // Reply

    I’d like to think you are right, Mel, but in reality are we looking at a false sense of security?
    The fellow in Nova Scotia apparently didn’t have a valid PAL yet he was able to obtain firearms. He stole a firearm (9mm semi-automatic pistol?) from the RCMP Officer he murdered.
    The only time I have been scared in a real life scenario regarding the use of firearms involved people who were in the drug trade. Of course, they farmed out young girls too. They presumably got away with both activities and perhaps carried on somewhere else.
    So, if you want to think a piece of paper drafted in Ottawa is going to save you and your family and your loved ones from somebody who is dealing drugs, be my guest.

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