COVID-19 gun sale spike proves the Liberals’ gun ban is absurd

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on March 25, 2020

The gun bans and regulations that the Liberals have been pushing for since the 2019 federal election have been made even more ridiculous and misguided since the spike in sales occurred due to COVID19 pandemic.

The Liberals for months have been pushing the absurd notion that guns are an inherent danger, and that somehow legal gun owners are significant contributors to firearm related crimes, which is patently untrue.

Legislation like Bill C-71, and the floated “military-style” rifle and handgun bans assume that making firearms harder to purchase and “buying back” weapons arbitrarily considered off limits for law abiding citizens will make Canadians safer. 

If this was true, why has the recent buy-out of gun stores’ inventory not resulted in any increase in gun crime from legal owners? 

Under a Liberal narrative one would think that an sudden increase in firearms sales during a health panic would result in more irresponsible, or even criminal uses of legal firearms, but the exact opposite has occurred. 

Firearms of course are tools and not are not at all inherently tied to criminality, there is a reason why Canadians who hold Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) are ⅓ as likely to kill someone as the average Canadian

Again, if the Liberal narrative was true about firearms why is there an inverse relationship between PAL ownership and overall violent behaviour?

That statistic isn’t exactly shocking as one would assume that those Canadians who abide by firearms laws and acquire licences are unlikely to be interested in breaking those laws.


Not only have no incidents of criminality occurred as a result of recent sales of firearms, but firearms being purchased during the COVID19 pandemic shows that first and foremost in the minds of gun buyers is their families’ safety.

Canadians have seen due to the government’s natural inability to protect society from potentially destabilizing threats, that they can’t always rely on the government for safety. The gun purchasing isn’t due to a distrust of the government, it is in acknowledgment that the government can’t be expected to always be there.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair should take notice of what’s been happening. 

Not only does the massive increase in gun sales make the Liberal dream of buying weapons back even more fantastical, but the lack of any negative effects from the gun buy-outs demonstrates the Liberals were targeting a non-issue from the beginning.

On top of the factual flaws plaguing the Liberals’ gun legislation, after the passage of Bill C-13, The Emergency Response Act, which costs $82 billion, Canadians will be even less jazzed about the government spending another $400-$600 million to “buy-back” their legally owned firearms.

Unfortunately Trudeau or Blair will probably not take any of this to heart, as they have already been ignoring the actual major cause of gun related violence, which of course is urban gangs. 

It goes to show the Liberal’s emphasis on public safety they have been putting forward, to justify the gun regulations and bans, was always just a smokescreen to undermine legal gun ownership in Canada.

On the bright side the recent buy-out of firearms, and the lack of any negative outcomes will only damage the popularity of the Liberal’s gun regulations and bans in the future. It really doesn’t matter how ideologically married Trudeau is to his gun regulations if reality keeps destroying his flawed public safety narratives.

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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