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Posted on 05/29/2008 5:14:37 PM PDT by Cdnexpat
Tourism Boycott Urged
Gun owners strike out at Miller ban
Chris Wattie, National Post Published: Thursday, May 29, 2008
A group representing gun owners and sport shooters is calling for a tourism boycott of Toronto over a ban on gun clubs, ranges and firearm-related businesses proposed by Mayor David Miller.
Tony Bernardo, the director of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action, said his group and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association will urge Canadian gun owners and their far more numerous American cousins to avoid visiting Toronto this summer.
"Do I think it's going too far? No, I don't," Mr. Bernardo said yesterday. "We have been vilely slandered by Mayor Miller and for three years we've taken the high road and put up with it. No more."
A report to be considered by the city's powerful executive committee next week recommends closing two shooting clubs in the city, banning the sale, manufacture and distribution of firearms in city limits and a zoning bylaw to restrict the use of firearms anywhere in the city.
The Mayor defended the proposal to close the Scarborough Rifle Club and the CNRA Handgun Club, a training range for Olympic target shooter Avianna Chao to train for the upcoming Beijing games by saying the hobby posed a danger to the public.
Mr. Bernardo called that suggestion outrageous. "He's looking for a scapegoat to deflect political attention away from a drug and gangs problem," he said.
"Miller is lying to the people of Toronto because he lacks the courage to deal with Toronto's real crime problems. Well, we will not be his scapegoats We have the economic power to hurt David Miller and we're going to do it."
Mr. Bernardo said his organization has contacted allied shooting and gun owners' groups in Europe and the U. S. urging them to support a tourist boycott of Toronto.
"There are two million law-abiding gun owners in Canada [and] 80 million more in the States," he said. "Toronto's going to lose thousands of tourists."
"If business owners in Toronto don't like that, too bad. They should go talk to David Miller about it."
The association has taken out advertisements in U. S. gun magazines promoting their boycott and has set up a Web sitewww.torontothebad.com urging visitors to "please join us in a complete boycott of Toronto." Spokesmen for the mayor were not available for comment yesterday. Mr. Miller has in the past justified a crackdown on gun owners by suggesting that legally registered often end up in the hands of criminals, usually through theft.
Toronto police would not say yesterday whether or not they track the source of firearms used to commit crimes.
But in a January, 2004, report to the Toronto police services board, the force indicated that only a small minority of what it called "crime guns" came from legal sources. Of the 183 firearms it seized in 2003 after they were used in a crime, only 16 had once been legally registered in Canada, or about 8.7%.
Sorry forgot to mention, have a look at: torontothebad.com
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
I would avoid Toronto for the mere reason it is a deadly disease ridden city, with inadequate medical services (remember SARS?).
In other words, you endanger your health going to this socialist enslaved prison camp disguised as a city.
Heck, I’ve been boycotting Toronto my whole life.
I was in Toronto a few days after it hosted Gay Square Dancers, A friend who was in Toronto as few days earlier reported that when an elevator door at his hotel opened he was confronted by a man wearing nothing but chaps.
This nitwit thinks that the gun problem in his city is the fault of the US. He seems to not understand that the problem is that there are not enough guns in his city.
If left unchecked, in time the liberal/fascist marriage of ignorance and arrogance will beget the bastard children of ruin and slaughter.
We believe that criminals, like communists, are on their best behavior when they are afraid.
As a lifelong resident here I can categorically state that you have no clue what you're talking about. Unlike people who spend every waking hour glued to CNN, I can tell you that the SARS "crisis" was a lot of overblown hype- 200 people getting sick in a population of three million cannot by any stretch of the imagination be regarded as an epidemic.
That's tagline material right there.
I’m down for the struggle.
I live about 3 hours away and I try to boycott it as much as possible.
We believe muslims, like communists, are on their best behavior when they are afraid.