Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Gun Control: Countering Misleading Claims

"Do no harm, cause no loss" is the responsibility of an armed citizenry, the "common law of the land" where we knowingly act as the surety of-and-for our family-community(-ies). [MMr]

NRA News: UN Doomsday Treaty
by Ginny Simone video link
06.01.10 | NRA | Silver Bear Cafe
National Rifle Association (NRA) home page
National Firearms Association (Canada) home page
The Silver Bear Cafe home page

Gary Mauser, Ph D Professor Emeritus
Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies
Faculty of Business Administration
Simon Fraser University Burnaby BC, CANADA
To: Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
Re: Bill C-391 - Countering Ten Misleading Claims
In response to the misleading claims made by the Coalition for Gun Control
Presentation By Dr. Gary Mauser article link
Gary Mauser home page

Firearms Canada home page
Canadian Firearms Program (RCMP) home page

Gun Ownership: Rights and Responsibilities of Law-Abiding Citizens

Massad Ayoob on Guns
Backwoods Home Magazine
Massad Ayoob blog home
Massad Ayoob Archive for the ‘Firearm Owner's Civil Rights’

Top Ten Gun Control Myths
By Todays Survival Show article link
January 11th, 2010
Gun safety, gun control, and other firearms information web page

Handgun Worldshow
Episode 20Gun Control Debate: Both sides of the issue
December 18th, 2009
Episode 2211 reasons why people own guns and why you should too
December 31st, 2009 | Bob Mayne

Handgun World Show home page
Handgun Podcast home page
Gun Rights Radio Network home page
The Michael Bane Blog blog home

Surviving Economic Collapse: Tips, Tactics, And Gear
Giordano Bruno article link
01/26/2010 | Neithercorp Press

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In the end, our survival and the survival of our ideals depends not only on our two hands, our cleverness, or even our fear of death, but the content of each man’s heart, and how much of that content he is willing to trust.

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What is IANSA?

The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is the global movement against gun violence - a network of 800 civil society organisations working in 120 countries to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW). IANSA seeks to make people safer from gun violence by securing stronger regulation on guns in society and better controls on arms exports. It represents the voices of civil society on the international stage, for example in the UN process on small arms, and draws on the practical experience of its members to campaign for policies that will protect human security.

IANSA is composed of a wide range of organisations concerned with small arms, including policy development organisations, national gun control groups, women's groups, research institutes, aid agencies, faith groups, survivors, human rights and community action organisations.


This nation of 31 million has an estimated 6.2 million firearms in circulation, of which about five million are rifles and shotguns. About one in four Canadians owns a gun, though it varies significantly by region. Long guns are responsible for the majority of gun crime in Canada, though handguns and other restricted firearms smuggled in from the United States are prevalent in crime.

Public advocacy to reform Canada’s domestic firearms laws grew in 1989 after a mass shooting in Montreal in which one individual shot 28 people, killing 14 of them. All of those killed were women.

As of 2001, all Canadian firearm owners are required to be licensed. Following the passage of the national Firearms Act, all firearms are now subject to registration, as well.

Canada is not a significant manufacturer or exporter of firearms.

IANSA participants in Canada are working to:

* defend the new gun registration law from attempts to overturn it
* educate the public and policymakers on further measures to reduce gun violence
* engage in international efforts to achieve stronger regulations of the arms trade

The United States

From 1993-2000, the U.S. was the leading supplier of conventional arms to the developing world, with sales of USD 61.5 billion. In 1999, the U.S. manufactured over four million firearms for domestic sale or export.

More than 300 U.S. companies produce arms and/or ammunition, and the country is estimated to have one of the world’s largest domestic markets for small arms. An estimated 34% of the nation’s 280 million citizens own personal firearms, and there are thought to be over 200 million firearms in private hands.

Private gun ownership is generally not subject to either licensing or registration. The private resale of guns is largely unregulated in the United States, making it difficult to prevent their acquisition by youth, criminals, and other prohibited individuals.

Guns are a significant cause of death among U.S. citizens, especially urban minorities and youth. Firearm homicide and suicide rates are the highest in the developed world. The majority of domestic gun violence is attributable to handguns.

IANSA participants in the United States are working to:

* research the health and social impact of guns
* educate the public on the risks of firearm ownership
* promote policies to prevent criminal and youth access to guns
* apply consumer product regulations to the gun industry
* support international efforts to curb the proliferation of small arms

Laws on civilian ownership of handguns in 16 countries download pdf
Gun Violence: The Global Crisis download pdf
IANSA about us
IANSA North America Region web page
IANSA North America Region Members web page
IANSA home page


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