Massive Support On Pro-Gun Petition Angers Anti-Gun Activists

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on February 18, 2020

The petition e-2341 calling for a debate in Parliament over the proposed Liberal gun control policies ended on February 15th, garnering a total of 175,310 signatures.

The National Telegraph caught up with Bradley Manysiak, the original creator of the petition, to talk about the left-wing reactions he had been seeing to the record breaking petition signature count.

Bradley told us that, “The anti-gun lobby’s desperation is palpable. They’re trying to discredit the petition,” – due to a large amount of attention the petition that opposes their agenda received.

Bradley went on to describe the attacks on the petition, saying “They say it’s meaningless. They’ve called it fake. Meanwhile, they used the same official parliamentary e-petition site for their petition in 2019. The only difference is that their petition was an abject failure. Their petition was well funded, ran political ads in theatres & had an event at Toronto City Hall to promote it. With all that, it could still only muster just over 20,000 signatures. E-2341 has almost nine times that amount. The will of Canadians is clear, there is no appetite for gun bans by Order in Council in this country.”

Bradley is correct about the previous gun control petition. In the same number of days back in November 2018 to March 2019, a pro-gun control petition, sponsored by Liberal Davenport MP Julie Dzerowicz, only gathered 20,110 signatures. 

The petition’s description stated, “We, the undersigned, Canadian citizens, call upon the Government of Canada to implement a ban on the civilian ownership of handguns and military assault weapons.” In theory, it should have been something to get anti-gun activists motivated to sign up for, but in reality it fell far short of any real success.

Even though Bradley’s petition, sponsored by MP Glen Motz, was far more successful than the Liberal’s version, with mostly only organic support fueled by unpaid media coverage, the pro-gun control community can’t help but try and undermine the massive results. 

Yes, these are real arguments made about the anti-gun control petition which was held on the same website as the gun control petition but yet, somehow, managed to obtain more than eight times the amount of signatures. 

Bradley summed up the situation best when he said, “The anti-gun lobby has said on social media that ‘petitions are one-sided polls’ and that an official poll would be a better indication of where Canadians stood on the issue. The thing is an official poll has already been conducted & the results were overwhelming. The Liberal government’s very own survey on the issue states, ‘the majority of respondents did not support further limiting access to firearms & assault-style firearms.’”

If these are the best arguments pro-gun control lobby can muster up in response to the representative petition of the mood on gun control in Canada, then it isn’t surprising the Liberals were said to be “concerned” about Bradely’s petition.

Public opinion on guns seems to not be on the side of Liberal policy these days, and it would be best for their political careers if they didn’t continue to put their heads in the sand on issues like gun control. 

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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