Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a comprehensive ban on the sale or use of semiautomatic rifles in the country Friday, broadly forbidding the ownership of rifles such as the AR-15 after a mass shooting in the country’s Nova Scotia province.
Canada already has a comprehensive licensing program for gun ownership, and magazine capacity is starkly restricted to a maximum of five rounds. But apparently this isn’t enough, and as of Friday gun owners are prohibited from acquiring, selling, or using their semiautomatic rifles.
It appears that the Canadian government is preparing to institute a wide-ranging buyback program, as well. The nation’s parliament is going to create a program that will provide “fair compensation” to gun owners in exchange for taking their guns. Trudeau also said that the gun restriction will include a grandfathering program for gun owners who want to keep their rifles, although it does appear possible that the gun ban will include a mandatory buyback, essentially a confiscation.
There are an estimated 80,000+ AR-style rifles legally owned in Canada. Trudeau’s ban also forbids the ownership of other common rifles, such as the Ruger Mini-14 rife.
Trudeau claims that “there is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”
At least some rifles seem to have escaped the wide-ranging ban, which includes more than 1,500 models of so-called “assault weapons.” The Soviet SKS rifle and American M1 Garand are among the most practical rifles that the Canadian government hasn’t restricted, and these weapons may be left as the go-to choice for Canadian gun owners seeking a weapon for self defense.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Conservatives Cannot Afford to be Timid
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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