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Editor:

I was taken aback by Lyle Magnus’s letter in which he attacked Trudeau’s ban on “military-grade assault weapons” because the prime minister did not go through the proper “democratic process.”

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The recent mass shootings in Nova Scotia and the shooting spree last year in northern B.C. both involved the use of military assault weapons. The wheels of democracy turn extremely slowly and I commend Trudeau for going ahead and banning these types of weapons, although sadly, this does not mean that psychopaths won’t somehow be able to get hold of them.

But as our prime minister, he made a statement; he made an attempt to keep Canada a little safer. In this country no ordinary, normal citizen needs military-grade assault weapons. If anyone is interested in such they should join the military. Or move to the U.S. where it’s easy to get hold of any kind of weapon one wants.

And how can Mr. Magnus think that Trudeau’s ban of military assault weapons is “an attack on legal gun owners?”

In my books, trying to prevent more mass shootings trumps democratic process, which we have seen, time and again, is not a very effective system – just look at our own local “democracy” in action.

Cecilia Ohm-Eriksen, Sechelt

 

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