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Gun owners face many restrictions
Editor: Re: “America is welcome to keep its gun culture,” (letters, The Times, Sept. 5).
I find it ironic that Al French can get our gun culture and America so backwards. We in Canada have huge useless restrictions placed upon restricted firearms owners, for fear of gun violence. The last time I checked, you don’t need a permit to own and use a handgun in Colorado, but up here in Canada we need to take two courses, apply for our licences, have an active range membership, get another permit to transport our handguns, double lock our handguns, and then we can go only to the range or gunsmith.
This is all in the name of safety. Except if you are a criminal, then the laws don’t apply.
I would also like to point out that the letter writer uses the terms tactical weapons, large magazines, and bayonets. First, our magazines are capped out at five rounds. This is far less than the average hunting rifle, which can hold 10-plus cartridges. Tactical weapons use the same scopes and sights as your hunting rifle.
Bayonets aren’t even sharp and haven’t been used in a crime in 50 years. Citizens should have more fear of kitchen knives, which are used daily to commit crimes.
The gun paranoia we Canadians suffer from up here is getting out of hand. It is especially galling when a fellow firearms owner throws some of us under the bus for our hobby, and an ad in the newspaper brings out irrational fears. So much for freedom of speech.