Letter: In wake of US shooting, Canada should limit sales of military grade weapons

Letter: In wake of US shooting, Canada should limit sales of military grade weapons

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The United States has had 18 school shootings so far this year, the latest resulting in the murder of 17 people in Parkland, Florida. Trump blames ‘mental illness’, not the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle used by the 19 year old shooter. A study from Vanderbilt University shows that less than five per cent of shooters suffer from a mental illness.

This week’s Oak Bay News included a flyer from Cabela’s (End of Season Clearance) which sells a variety of hunting equipment, including a large selection of pistols and rifles, several being semiautomatic. Bloodlust words such as ‘patriot’, ‘security’, ‘soviet’, ‘tactical’ and ‘smokin’ winter deals’ put a lie to their use for hunting only. We note that Cabela’s has 10 stores across Canada, including two in British Columbia (Abbotsford and Nanaimo). There has been a suggestion that Cabela’s may move into the space recently vacated by Sears in the Hillside Mall in Victoria.

If B.C. and Canada is to avoid the ongoing slaughter of innocent children as seen in the United States, it is time for action now, to limit gun sales of military grade weapons, before the inevitable happens here. Our children deserve to grow up in a safe, secure, and gun-free environment.

Thor Henrich

Oak Bay

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