Letters: Trudeau misses the mark on gun control pledge

Re: 'Trudeau pledges tougher gun control as he tries to get campaign back on track', Sept. 20, 2019

Trudeau's proposed ban on the AR-15 will not address gun violence, which mostly involve illicitly acquired smuggled firearms.

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It will not prevent another shooting of a transit police officer committed by a convicted murderer early released from jail (the shooting of Const. Josh Harms at the Scott Road SkyTrain station, January 2019).

It will not prevent street level gangs from shooting each other and innocent bystanders (the 15-year-old Coquitlam boy who was killed after being struck by a bullet while riding in his parents’ car, January 2018).

And Trudeau is not aware that military-type firearms such as the AR-15 is a restricted firearm and thus not allowed to hunt deer. Restricted firearms can only be used in gun ranges by restricted PAL card holders.

Criminals and gang members only need money and underworld connections to buy guns. This is where the tougher gun laws should be directed at.

The guns and other types of weapons recently confiscated at Oppenheimer Park were not acquired legally.

The federal Conservatives have long ago revealed their plans to keep Canadians safer from gun violence. It deals with the real problem targeting gangs and criminals involved in gun violence and equipping the police force.

— Alan Yu, Fort St. John

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