Canada : Bill C-71 Background Checks : Marketing Myths vs Reality

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Canada : Bill C-71 Background Checks : Marketing Myths vs Reality

Canada – -(Ammoland.com)- Myth: The government says expanding background checks from five years to the entire lifetime of a firearms licence applicant, will enhance public safety and keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people.

Reality: People with long histories of mental health issues self-disclosed on firearms licence applications are issued firearms licences by the RCMP.

During the question and answer portion of testimony before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) committee on May 24, 2018, Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos stated:

“There's been many reports throughout the country that individuals have been able to access firearms and they're mentally ill, they have struggled with these challenges throughout their lives, they have disclosed this in their application and yet they're still given a firearm, so that's, that's very concerning.”

Fragiskatos is correct. That people with known mental health issues are issued firearms licences is deeply disturbing.

Removing the five-year limit on background checks will not stop this, however, because the time period of the background check is not the issue. The issue is that the RCMP did not do its job and deny those licence applications.

Adrian Clavier, one case referred to by Mr. Fragiskatos, was a 50-year-old man who killed himself in 2015 with a legally owned and registered handgun.

Clavier had a 35-year history of mental illness. He disclosed this on his firearms licence application form. His family members reported their concerns as well.

The RCMP issued him a firearms licence anyway.

The family continued to raise alarms with authorities. Those concerns were ignored.

“They were told that because the guns were licensed and properly stored, and there had been no complaints, there was nothing the RCMP could do.”

Corey Lewis, the other case referred to by Mr. Fragiskatos, was shot and killed in a “suicide by cop” when police responded to the latest in a long string of domestic dispute calls at his Okotoks, Alberta, home.

Lewis disclosed his issues on his firearms licence application, just like Clavier. In his case, Lewis’ wife was not consulted, nor did police check publicly available court documents, according to CBC.

If police will not take long histories of mental health issues into account now, what makes the government believe extending background checks will make any difference?

RCMP told the family it would review the case, but then didn't respond when the Claviers asked about the results, prompting the family to issue a warning to Canadians:

“I guess it was frankly because we'd been ignored and somebody died because of that. And it shouldn't have happened,” Reva Clavier said.

“Nothing we did yielded any actions from the institutions that could have made a difference,” said Glenn Clavier, Adrian's brother.

The issue is not with the length of the background check and changing those goal posts will not and cannot resolve it.

The issue is the RCMP. They are responsible for issuing Possession and Acquisition Licences, and they are not doing their jobs.

  • The warning signs were there.
  • The applicants disclosed their problems.
  • The RCMP ignored the information and issued the licences anyway.

If the goal is to solve the problem of people with mental health issues getting firearms licences, then address and resolve this issue with the RCMP.

Sources:

  • https://parlvu.parl.gc.ca/XRender/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20180524/629/29382
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/federal-gun-control-reforms-mentally-ill-suicide-1.4591618
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/gun-license-suicide-mental-health-1.4493326

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@Oldvet that’s a good one providing he didn’t run over you to.

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@Oldvet do you suppose a Uber driver would do it for a price?

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@Tcat and OV, Maybe these driverless cars will have a future. ” I don’t know what got into his programing, officer. He just started himself up and drove off. I did not know that he was going to the capitol. “

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@WB…Believe I heard on the news last week that a driverless car struck a pedestrian . And now it begins , needles and pins . oops sorry old song

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@ Wild Bill and Oldvet here we go again blaming the tool. Dumb driverless car didn’t know what it was doing.

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Take guns from mentally ill and that will save what???? If the gun is not the tool used a car or even a piece of rope can do the same thing. If suicide is the chosen method to get out of life the almighty government is not going to stop it. With my luck, if I tried it I would just wound or mame myself and that would hurt more. It is very obvious that you can not control someone else’s actions.

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@Tcat, I vote for the car idea. I think that the Canadians could win their freedom by using automobiles to run over their corrupt leaders. “I’m just a hobby motorist, officer! I thought the long narrow pedal was the brake!”
Kind of a National Frogger Championship.

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@ Wild Bill I like that and use to like playing frogger. I could see Trudeau dodging and bobbling then going SPLAT.

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@Tc …You can even rent them and not do any damage to your own vehicle .

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@Tc…If he was a muzzie you probably wouldn’t have to pay him .

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Sounds like the RCMP and the morons in the FBI and the Sheriff of Broward County are related. All have their heads firmly inserted in a nether opening and spew idiocy.