In an interview on an American podcast in Los Angeles, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told listeners his honest opinion on self defense with guns.
“It’s not a right that you have - in the Constitution or anywhere else.”
“If you try and buy a gun and say it's for self protection, no you don’t get that,” the Prime Minister said. “You get it for hunting, you can get it for sport shooting, you can take it to the range. No problem. As long as you go through our rigorous background checks,”
Trudeau gave his opinion on the podcast Crooked Media, while he was attending the Summit of the Americas.
“But there’s a difference around the culture,” he continued, “and one of the things we are seeing with the debate in the States is you get more and more of the American-style right-to-carry, self-defense arguments filtering up through the usual more right-wing communications channel.”
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Western Standard, a Canadian political and social media commentary website reported on the interview, and indignantly responded that, in fact, many Canadians use guns to defend themselves.
The interview comes a few weeks after Trudeau tried implementing some of the most extensive gun control laws recently in Canada, banning handguns and freezing the purchasing, sale, and importation of them into his country.
While recent shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo have caused much warranted grief throughout the Americas, asserting that one does not have the right to protect oneself with a gun is a fundamental violation of human rights. Guns are a means of safety to protect oneself.
Let’s not forget that Fidel Castro’s first move as dictator was to confiscate all the guns of his countrymen in 1959. Hopefully, Trudeau does not follow down the same path.
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