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Canada's zero-tolerance gun policy on display in case of U.S. man

Many years ago, I remember reading a book about The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in which one of the stated reasons for establishing the force was to police the border. Sound familiar? Except, in this particular case, it was to keep out marauding U.S. frontiersman chasing indigenous native people across the U.S./Canadian border.

In some respects, things haven't changed much. Canadian border agents show little tolerance for U.S. citizens who try to cross the border with firearms.

The following article from The L.A. TIMES underscores the point...


For all the debate over our 2nd Amendment - and the Founding Fathers' original intent - the fact of the matter remains Canada remains a much less violent society.

Posted at 2:56pm on February 3, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Feb 3, 2014 3:14pm
Sure wish our border guards were as strict, but then we'd not have a flood of illegals getting in. So let's see: Mexico has strict border rules [from Guatamala into Mexico, probably also back into Mexico from U.S.] and Canada has strict border rules for entry from the U.S. The U.S. doesn't seem to care and just wants to let anyone in.

I'm not advocating we deport all those folks who are here now, but surely we could make our borders more secure.

Like Canadians' dedication to keeping illegal guns off their streets.

Tue, Feb 4, 2014 4:05am
Yep. Gotta keep those illegals coming in so the Democrats and establishment Republicans can get those guaranteed-forever votes.

Time for a little TEA justice.

Tue, Feb 4, 2014 9:02am
Speaking of guns, yesterday a report came out and 8,788 people in January were shot by guns. Seven were from people defending themselves against a crime... The other 8,781 were criminals or people who became criminals upon pulling the trigger. Showing for once that the N.R.A. is dead wrong about the need to keep guns in households. Many of those shootings occurred inside those very households among family members, often amped up on alcohol. Incidentally, NONE were caused by marijuana inhalers...

Conservatives are behind EVERYTHING wrong with this country.

Tue, Feb 4, 2014 12:33pm
Louis DiNatale is just lucky he wasn't going through New Jersey...if he had he would still be in jail.


Tue, Feb 4, 2014 12:37pm
kavips: Did your report happen to mention how many of these firearms were legal? I (and all Tea Partiers) want all illegal firearms removed from society and those found in possession of them prosecuted.

Tue, Feb 4, 2014 2:46pm
Policing the border wasn't about keeping out illegal immigrants. It was about keeping out illegal whiskey. But the primary purpose of what was called at the time The Northwest Mounted Police was to establish Canadian sovereignty over the recently acquired Rupert's Land and to put down rebellions by aboriginal and Metis peoples who resisted Canada's encroachment. There was also a fear of possible U.S. invasion to take over Rupert's Land. After all, Canadians vividly remembered the U.S. invasion of Canada in 1812 and the burning of York (Toronto). And the U.S. had been expansionist throughout the 19th century, invading and seizing territory from Mexico just two decades earlier.

However, the RCMP today is beset with scandals and often fails to live up to its Sgt. Preston - Dudley Do-Right image. Much of this can be credited to the Canadian equivalent of the Tea Party, the right-wing SoCred/Reform Party/Canadian Alliance which seized control of the former Progressive Conservative Party (Tories) and squashed the establishment/progressive elements.

Canada did establish sovereignty over Rupert's Land and then the descendants of White settlers took over the Tory Party and now form the Canadian government. The entity which gave up Rupert's Land (about one-third of Canadian territory) is now owned by a U.S. private equity and real estate company.

Tue, Feb 4, 2014 3:04pm
Earl. No, I didn't see if it did...

Tue, Feb 4, 2014 8:48pm
I would suggest also that Canada have a zero-tolerance policy against crime, especially murder. The free hotel room for life just isn't working there or in the U.S.

Tue, Feb 4, 2014 8:53pm
Bill: I don't question the historical account you've given above; however, I would differ with you about one thing.

Unlike the Tories, the TEA party hasn't taken over just yet.

But I still hold out hope.

Wed, Feb 5, 2014 4:36am
Pizza: I know you haven't. But when I see what's happened to the Tories and to Canada, I shiver in fear.

Canada did away with the death penalty almost 50 years ago. Back when it still had a somewhat enlightened government. Who knows what the current bunch of prairie rednecks would do?

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