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Canada – -(Ammoland.com)- Myth: The government says expanding background checks from five years to the entire lifetime of a firearms licence applicant, will enhance public safety and keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people.
Reality: People with long histories of mental health issues self-disclosed on firearms licence applications are issued firearms licences by the RCMP.
During the question and answer portion of testimony before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) committee on May 24, 2018, Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos stated:
“There’s been many reports throughout the country that individuals have been able to access firearms and they’re mentally ill, they have struggled with these challenges throughout their lives, they have disclosed this in their application and yet they’re still given a firearm, so that’s, that’s very concerning.”
Fragiskatos is correct. That people with known mental health issues are issued firearms licences is deeply disturbing.
Removing the five-year limit on background checks will not stop this, however, because the time period of the background check is not the issue. The issue is that the RCMP did not do its job and deny those licence applications.
Adrian Clavier, one case referred to by Mr. Fragiskatos, was a 50-year-old man who killed himself in 2015 with a legally owned and registered handgun.
Clavier had a 35-year history of mental illness. He disclosed this on his firearms licence application form. His family members reported their concerns as well.
The RCMP issued him a firearms licence anyway.
The family continued to raise alarms with authorities. Those concerns were ignored.
“They were told that because the guns were licensed and properly stored, and there had been no complaints, there was nothing the RCMP could do.”
Corey Lewis, the other case referred to by Mr. Fragiskatos, was shot and killed in a “suicide by cop” when police responded to the latest in a long string of domestic dispute calls at his Okotoks, Alberta, home.
Lewis disclosed his issues on his firearms licence application, just like Clavier. In his case, Lewis’ wife was not consulted, nor did police check publicly available court documents, according to CBC.
If police will not take long histories of mental health issues into account now, what makes the government believe extending background checks will make any difference?
RCMP told the family it would review the case, but then didn’t respond when the Claviers asked about the results, prompting the family to issue a warning to Canadians:
“I guess it was frankly because we’d been ignored and somebody died because of that. And it shouldn’t have happened,” Reva Clavier said.
“Nothing we did yielded any actions from the institutions that could have made a difference,” said Glenn Clavier, Adrian’s brother.
The issue is not with the length of the background check and changing those goal posts will not and cannot resolve it.
The issue is the RCMP. They are responsible for issuing Possession and Acquisition Licences, and they are not doing their jobs.
- The warning signs were there.
- The applicants disclosed their problems.
- The RCMP ignored the information and issued the licences anyway.
If the goal is to solve the problem of people with mental health issues getting firearms licences, then address and resolve this issue with the RCMP.
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All parents want their children to be perfect little angels. But with so many bullies out there today, some parents are going to be disappointed. So when a parent learns that their child is the one who is causing all the problems in school, they have a choice. Either they can ignore the problem and let the boy or girl continue their bad behavior.
Or they can discipline and punish the child for being a terror in school to other people. When one mother learned that her boys were acting terrible on the bus, she devised a punishment that they will never forget for the rest of their lives – and now that it has been shared online, neither will we.
When Jenn Brown learned that her two sons were torturing the bus driver, and pushing the driver to the end of the rope, she took action. Instead of ignoring the problem – like many parents today might do – she came up with a punishment that would teach them never to mess with another person like that again.
Watch the video below to see what she did.
The call came from the elementary school. That’s how Brown learned that her two boys were rude to the bus driver. But not only that, the boys were misbehaving. They were bad examples to the other students. She needed to teach them a lesson they would never forget.
Although it was winter and cold outside, Brown marched her boys outside the next morning. It was March in Canada.
She told them to bundle up. Then she gave them pieces of cardboard to hold. She was going to give them a punishment she would never forget.
Then she forced the bad boys to walk four and a half miles to school. She was not going to grant them the privilege of the warm bus ride after she learned how they were harassing the driver.
The sign the boys had to hold read:
“Being bad and rude to our bus driver! Mom making us walk.”
The boys took two hours to make the short trek to school.
Cars honked at the misbehaving boys as they made their walk of shame through the Canadian cold.
Jenn Brown then uploaded photos of the punishment along wit the following caption:
“My boys have been bad for their bus driver, and I got a call from the school yesterday that drew a line for me! So this morning we did a 7 km (4.5 mile) walk to show them what every day will be like for them when they get kicked off the bus. S*** just got real for them. Two hours later they made it!”
Because mom was willing to teach her sons a lesson, we can assume they’re going to shape up and never treat their bus driver badly ever again. If more parents were willing to institute “old school” punishments like this, children would probably better behave across the globe. When parents don’t let their children run all over and cause problems, they step into line.
What do you think about the way this mother handled the situation?