There is a movement developing here, against guns, weapons and merchants of death. Like BLM, crowds are in the streets protesting the continual criminality associated with Guns and the murder of innocents.
We should have realized by now that our national governments are too tight with the Gun Manufacturing Lobby. Too much cash flowing within the halls of Washington. These people, the so-called caretakers of America have not been able to work with each other for decades, let alone take on an issue of such importance as Gun Control, Gun Laws and The Protection of The People from the misuse of said guns.
Gun Lobby’s doled out $6 million + to the Republican Party(supporters of NRA) while only $106,000.00 to The Democrats(Opponents of The NRA) in 2016. The cash flows in many ways, cash directly to the candidates and members of Congress, The House and Senate, and also to the Political Parties of choice.
Wonder how many envelopes of cash are handed out at “meetings” and consultations throughout the year.
*Remember folks, that should a candidate raise $5 million, but spend only 2 Million, that person can keep the balance tax-free. Really! why else would so many people run for office? To Serve the People? Yah right!. Ever wonder how a President of the USA who when first elected was worth $3 million, after four years retires with a @$135 million dollar bank account? Wrote a few books perhaps and kept his spare change, or perhaps his hands were out to every lobbyist that pursued him in office.
The only way we can bring in the gun lobby, and control the large proliferation of weaponry in North America is if the Local Government takes these agents of death on. Local City, Municipal and County Governments can ban guns in their locality. They can establish gun control measures, and investigate those who have weaponry(make sure they are of sound mind). Local Police Forces would be happy to assist their employers in taking away or controlling the gun culture. Local Governments can also throw the book at criminals that used firearms while committing a crime.
Gun Lobby/Manufacturers vs Local Government
Your Local Government is the only public agency left capable of making changes to its bylaws, making it more difficult to acquire weaponry. If you want to buy a shotgun or long rifle to go hunting with your folks, then assuredly you’d have no problem meeting a police officer, being investigated, questioned and trained to handle a said gun. Congressmen, House Representatives and Senators cannot understand the need for such a practice(to be busy counting their wrongfully begotten gains?), but your Mayor, Council Members and Aldermen will understand that a little inconvenience will go a long way in protecting both the gun owner and the community.
Only Your Local Governments can pressure Federal Public authorities to bring about national gun reform. Those in Washington are energized when their jobs are on the line. Nothing puts the fear of God into these opportunists than the Grass Roots of America taking them on, pressuring for “Real” change to our gun laws. The NRA donated/gave/slipped into the hands of Your Congressman, House Member and Senator over $307 Million dollars in the last two years. The NRA has outspent those who propose gun control, by 40 to 1.
What does a local government need to do to keep their community safe?
1. Enact a directive that all weapons be placed in safe places(gun cabinets) not the back of a truck or shoe boxes.
2. Gun owners need to be interviewed by the Police every 5 years and also they must prove their weapons are stored safely.
3. Potentially New gun owners need to go through an agreed process mentioned above before they acquire possession of a gun.
4. The Gun lobby’s influence in the Capital of Washington and many State Legislatures must be curtailed, and monies are given limited. There needs to be a firm stoppage of the direct and indirect bribery of our elected officials.
5. Outlaw the manufacture and sale of assault Weapons to the Citizenry. Only sales to Police Authorities and the Military are to be legally allowed (look to Canada’s attempt to control such weapons).
American Freedom comes from its very roots, the People. It is that root that can change the direction it is going towards, a future where there will be more guns on the street than American Citizens. George Washington saw weapons as a tool to achieve the American Dream. What is your dream for America?
Canada first to sign off on Finland, Sweden joining NATO – CTV News
Canada became the first country to ratify Finland and Sweden’s accession protocols to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday.
The move follows NATO leaders officially inviting the two nations to join the alliance during a summit in Madrid last week, and brings the two countries a step closer to becoming full NATO members.
“Canada has full confidence in Finland and Sweden’s ability to integrate quickly and effectively into NATO and contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence,” Trudeau said in a statement.
“Their membership will make NATO stronger and we call on all NATO members to move swiftly to complete their ratification processes to limit opportunities for interference by adversaries.”
According to The Associated Press, all 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols on Tuesday, sending the membership bids to each nation for legislative approval. Both Canada and Denmark were quick to turn around their ratification documents.
“Thank You Canada! Canada is the first country to deliver its instrument of ratification to the United States Department of State, the depository of the North Atlantic Treaty!” tweeted Sweden’s Ambassador to Canada Urban Ahlin.
In Canada, the federal government made moves domestically to move through the ratification quickly, Trudeau said. This included issuing orders-in-council authorizing Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly to “take the actions necessary to ratify, on behalf of Canada.”
Ahead of Parliament adjourning for the summer, the House of Commons debated and voted on a motion signalling their support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO.
In May, the House Public Safety and National Security Committee adopted a motion expressing “strong support” for the two Scandanavian countries’ membership in the alliance. The motion also called on all NATO members to approve their applications as quickly as possible.
A debate was held on this motion on June 1, and it passed unanimously when put to a vote the following day.
“Russia’s war in Ukraine has actualized something that was once only theoretical. An authoritarian state led by an autocrat has attacked a democracy: It has demonstrated that it is willing and able to attack a democracy. It has made clear that democracies that stand alone and are not part of military alliances are most vulnerable,” said Conservative MP and foreign affairs critic Michael Chong during the House debate. “That is why it has become necessary to bring both Sweden and Finland into the NATO alliance. This is an urgent matter.”
Also taking part in the debate, NDP MP and foreign affairs critic Heather McPherson said she supports Finland and Sweden doing all they can to prevent their countries from being threatened further by Russia.
“Prior to the further invasion of Ukraine, support for NATO membership was around 20 to 30 per cent in Sweden and Finland. Now, 76 per cent of Finnish people support joining NATO. Very simply, Vladimir Putin and the aggression of the Russian Federation are responsible for escalating tensions in the region and leading Sweden and Finland to seek NATO membership,” McPherson said.
With NATO member countries having different processes for completing ratification, it could be some time still before the two nations formally become a part of the longstanding intergovernmental military alliance.
With files from Senior Political Correspondent for CTV News Channel Mike Le Couteur
Canada Day Ottawa: 12 arrested, 50 charges laid – CTV News Ottawa
Ottawa police say 50 criminal charges were laid over the Canada Day long weekend and 12 people were arrested.
Last Friday marked the first Canada Day in Ottawa with major in-person events since 2019. Thousands of tourists and residents came downtown to celebrate the holiday. In the mix were several hundred protesters associated with the “Freedom Convoy” movement that paralyzed downtown Ottawa in February.
Ottawa police were out in force starting June 29 with the implementation of the downtown vehicle control zone, which was meant to prevent another vehicle-based occupation of the city.
Police said they arrested a dozen people in downtown Ottawa between June 29 and July 3, including people who were not involved in Canada Day events or protests. On top of the 50 criminal charges, four charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act were also laid.
One man was arrested on Parliament Hill June 29 for causing a disturbance. He was taken back to Toronto on an outstanding warrant.
On June 30, police charged one person with breach of release orders and Highway Traffic Act offences after a traffic stop on Highway 417 at Anderson Road.
Later that day, three people were arrested following an incident at the National War Memorial in which a police officer was allegedly choked. Charges include assaulting police, resisting arrest, causing a disturbance, and assault by choking. This incident came shortly after Canadian soldier James Topp, who is facing a court martial for criticizing the government’s COVID-19 vaccine rules in uniform, completed his cross-country walk protesting vaccine mandates. Hundreds of people had gathered at the War Memorial to hear Topp speak.
On Canada Day, one man was arrested and charged for allegedly pulling a knife on RCMP officers near LeBreton Flats after officers broke up a fight. Two more people were arrested and face several assault charges after an attack in the ByWard Market.
On July 2, police arrested two people in a vehicle and seized a handgun. Several gun and drug charges were laid. Patrol officers also seized a gun in Sandy Hill that afternoon and charged a man with drug and gun offences.
On July 3, police arrested a woman for public intoxication who allegedly spit in an officer’s face. She now also faces an assault charge.
Ottawa police did not name any of the accused.
Police are also investigating paint on public property in Strathcona Park and on Wellington Street. Protesters painted messages about convoy organizers Pat King and Tamara Lich on Wellington Street on Canada Day. Police also said earlier they laid 19 impaired driving charges over the long weekend.
Ottawa Bylaw towed 121 vehicles from the vehicle control zone between June 29 and July 3 and issued 513 parking tickets.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly to take part in G20 despite Russia’s presence
OTTAWA — Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly will take part in a G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, this week, even though Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is also expected to attend.
In March, Joly joined many others in walking out of a United Nations meeting in Geneva when Lavrov, whom Canada had brought sanctions against days earlier, began speaking.
In April, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland joined a walkout of a G20 meeting for finance ministers and central bank governors in Washington to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In May, International Trade Minister Mary Ng joined her counterparts from the United States, Australia, Japan and New Zealand in leaving an APEC meeting in Bangkok when the Russian representative began to speak.
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would take part in the G20 leaders’ meeting in November, even if President Vladimir Putin goes too, saying it is important to counteract the voice that Russia will have at that table.
Joly, who recently said it was unacceptable for a Canadian official to attend a reception hosted by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, is expected to join other foreign ministers at the G20 meeting in opposing the ongoing war in Ukraine.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 5, 2022.
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