Gun controls save lives

Why, just across the border in the Land of the Maple Leaf, are there so many fewer gun deaths?

To the editor:

Tougher gun laws are not the answer! Well, you heard it from Donald Trump, so it must be true. What wonders would a .50 cal machine gun have done if mounted on the altar of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas? A .30 cal would do in a pinch but the heavier the firepower, the better.

Of course, a great spray of bullets could well have wiped out a lot more parishioners of First Baptist but what’s a little collateral damage in defence of freedom and the American way?

As the NRA (plus some of the gun goons here in Canada) says, “Guns don’t kill – people kill.”

History is littered with the corpses of empires whose leaders refused to see the obvious – countries that pretended all was well just, as in the case of the US of A and its death by firearms epidemic.

No, says Donald Trump and the NRA, you can’t stop Americans from buying firearms and ammunition from the local drugstore.

This all begs the question. Why, just across the border in the Land of the Maple Leaf, are there so many fewer gun deaths in proportion to the population than south of the border?

One has to remember that in Canada there are those who would love to have Donald Trump take on gun ownership. Just recently a gang of about 25,000 Canadians petitioned the government to allow them to use AR-15 assault rifles for hunting.

A .50 cal machine gun would blow those moose away in a big hurry! But Donald Trump says it so, and it must be true.

Dennis Peacock

Clearwater

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Clinton hires new Chief Administrative Officer

Wendy Rockafellow will join the village on Jan. 27

100 Mile Wranglers outshoot both weekend opponents but still lose

Losses see Kamloops inch closer in division

How satisfied are you with snow clearing in the South Cariboo?

The weekly web poll for the 100 Mile Free Press

Figure skating club looks back on busy 2019

The 100 Mile and District Figure Skating Club got off to a… Continue reading

Who or what would you like to see on the new $5 bill?

Vanessa Shearer 100 Mile House “Not quite sure, someone who has done… Continue reading

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Man accused in Kamloops murder claims woman died during rough sex

A Fraser Valley man stands trial for first-degree murder in connection with the 2016 death of a woman

Poll suggests some don’t think Canada should send troops to stop genocide

The findings are being released just before the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

B.C. woman crowned the fastest female marathon runner in Canadian history

Malindi Elmore ran an incredible 2:24:50 at the Houston Marathon

Alberta bulldog breeder ordered to give refund to B.C. buyer due to puppy’s behaviour

Tribunal ruled a verbal agreement to send a new dog superseded the written contract

UPDATED: Man dies in backcountry near Nelson’s Whitewater Ski Resort

The victim was found unresponsive in a tree well Friday

Cariboo Memorial Hospital on the mend after cold weather wreaks havoc

Burst pipes and water leaks cause three different incidents

Most Read