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LETTER: Bill C-21 an attack on 'average' handgun owners

'Rather than fix the problem, we attack the innocent,' reader says
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OrilliaMatters welcomes letters to the editor at Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following letter is in response to an article about new gun legislation, published June 15.
This year we watched and listened to the coverage of another mass shooting in the United States, and what follows in Canada is none other than Bill C-21.

All this bill does is again attack the average person who owns a handgun or wishes to purchase one to go a range, which is the only legal place you are allowed to discharge that firearm.

What people are missing here is that the majority of crimes committed with firearms are committed with illegal firearms to begin with. Why do you feel that if you live in Orillia (or anywhere in Canada), for example, where you are required to have a special course and a special licence to even own and carry a handgun, that after going through all of that, why do you think that person will do a drive-by shooting in Toronto?

Again, rather than fix the problem, we attack the innocent so the government can say, “Oh, look. We have a solution.”

To the father of the girl that was a victim in the shooting in Toronto, I’m sorry for what you must be going through, but Bill C-21 would not have prevented that tragedy.

Mark Cooper