Posted by Patrick (220.127.116.11) on September 23, 2008 at 22:47:09:
In Reply to: City of Toronto - By-Law to regulate discharging of Firearms posted by MichaelK on September 23, 2008 at 20:04:40:
This is what the shooting sports are up against: a concerted political will to erase our sport.
While the value of hosting an international sporting event, with a shooting component, may be argued as positive, at the current rate of attack, there will be no shooting sports when the 2015 Pan American Games commence. A pretty range may be available for foreign competitors to attend, but it's host (Canadians) will not be allowed to practice there or anywhere else in the country. Not much of a win for us.
It is not an issue of promoting our sport.
It is not an issue of winning the goodwill of our political adversaries.
Hosting the Pan Am Games will only grant the political agents who promote firearm bans prestige in their eyes and in the eyes of some of their constituents.
As a community, we need to withdraw support. As shooters, we need to stand up and show that shooting sports are a legitimate and compelling part of international competition. IF we pull out, nobody gets the Games.
Its a strong message, but, as we know after THREE Toronto range closures (forced) in one year (Hart House, CNRA, SRC), they don't listen to reason and logic. They don't want to address the real issues of violence in our society. They want to stop our sport and they need a compelling reason to back off.
Killing the Pan Am Games, because the shooting sports withdraw support, is just the message we need to send.
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