Trapped in Suburbia…

a blog by Rafael Gomez


IT guy, code monkey, husband, father, target shooter, but unfortunately not independently wealthy.

We Will Remember

November 11th, 2010

Canadian Deaths in Afghanistan.

Allard, Matthieu
Anderson, Jordan
Arnal, James Hayward
Arndt, Raymond
Arnold, Glen
Audet, Patrice
Baker, Joshua Caleb
Bartsch, Cole D.
Bason, Colin
Beauchamp, Nicolas Raymond
Beerenfenger, Robbie Christopher
Blais, Karine
Blake, Craig
Bobbitt, Christian
Boneca, Anthony
Bouthillier, Jack
Bouzane, Stephen Frederick
Boyes, Jason
Boyes, Justin
Braun, David
Brown, Denis Raymond
Bulger, Nicholas
Byers, David
Caswell, Darryl
Chidley, Garrett William
Collier, Brian
Costall, Robert
Courcy, Sébastien
Couturier, Jonathan
Crooks, Tyler
Curwin, John Michael Roy
Cushley, William Jonathan James
Dallaire, Kevin
Davis, Paul
Dawe, Matthew Johnathan
Diab, Marc
Dinning, Matthew James
Dion, Jonathan
Diplaros, Demetrios
Downey, Brendan Anthony
Doyle, Erin
Drouin, Jean-Francois
Dubé, Martin
Duchesne, Christian
Dyer, Ainsworth
Eades, Shawn
Eykelenboom, Andrew James
Faught, John Wayne
Fitzpatrick, Darren James
Fortin, Dany Olivier
Francis, Jefferson Clifford
Freeman, Michael
Giesebrecht, Kristal
Gillam, Craig Paul
Girouard, Robert
Goddard, Nichola
Gomez, Francisco
Gonthier, Étienne
Good, Brian Richard
Goudreault, Martin
Graham, Mark Anthony
Green, Richard A.
Greenfield, Sean
Greenslade, David Robert
Grenon, Andrew
Hamilton, Thomas James
Hayakaze, Michael Yuki
Hayes, Corey
Horn, Chadwick
Hornburg, Nathan
Ingram, Vaughn
Joannette, Martin
Jones, Justin Peter
Karigiannis, Christos
Keating, Shane
Keller, Bryce
Kennedy, Kevin Vincent
Klukie, Josh
Klumpenhower, Anthony
Kruse, Greg John
Labbé, Éric
Leary, Richard Steven
Leger, Marc D.
Levesque, Michel
Longtin, Simon
Lormand, Patrick
Lucas, Donald
Macneil, James Patrick
Mansell, Myles
Massouh, Hani
Marshall, Steven
McCormack, Zachery
McCully, Matthew
McKay, Kevin
McLaren, Robert Mark
Megeney, Kevin
Mellish, Frank Robert
Mendes, Michelle
Mercier, Mario
Miller, Andrew
Miok, George
Michaud, Charles-Philippe
Mitchell, Robert
Morley, Keith
Murphy, Jamie
Nolan, Richard Francis
Nuttall, Andrew
O’Quinn, Kenneth Chad
Ouellet, Jérémie
Parker, Geoff
Payne, Randy
Péloquin, Alexandre
Pepin, Yannick
Pentland, Patrick James
Pinksen, Brian
Poland, Brent Donald
Priede, Darrell Jason
Reid, Christopher
Renaud, Richard
Roberge, Gaétan
Roberts, Joshua Brian
Ruckpaul, Raymond
Rudd, Larry
Seggie, Michael
Shipway, Scott
Short, Robert
Smith, Nathan
Snyder, Jonathan Sutherland
Stachnik, Shane
Stannix, Christopher Paul
Starker, Michael
Stewart, Allan
Stock, Stephan John
Storm, Albert
Street, Terry John
Taylor, Kirk
Tedford, Darcy Scott
Todd, Tyler William
Turner, William
Vernelli, Scott Francis
Walsh, Jeffrey
Warren, Jason Patrick
Wasden, Dustin Roy Robert Joseph
Watkins, Lane
Wiebe, Joel Vincent
Williams, Aaron Edward
Williamson, Blake Neil
Wilmot, Colin William
Wilson, Mark Andrew
Wilson, Robert John
Wilson, Timothy
Woodfield, Braun Scott

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

To those that have served, or are serving, thank you.

- Rafael.

Ever since I was sent an internal RCMP memo penned by T. G. Killam, the deputy commissioner who is responsible for the Canadian Firearms Program, telling members to keep their opinions of the registry to themselves I have begun to wonder just how deeply the RCMP is in bed with the gun control lobby.

Sadly, the more I look the more unseemly evidence of collusion I find.

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- Rafael.

Like most people, I often suspect certain machinations are afoot behind the scenes of our various public policy debates. It isn’t all that often, however, that I’m handed a smoking gun, as it were.

There has been considerable press given to the intervention in the C-391 debate by the CACP, CAPB and CPA and over how “police” from coast to coast to coast support the usefulness of the long gun registry.

But what would you say if police were actually being muzzled?

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- Rafael.

Its been a while since I blogged – mainly because things have been in much of a holding pattern for the past while and because there wasn’t much going on. Oh I know, there have been a least a dozen attempts at lame “scandals” as of late but it seems that Canadians are a little more interested in their day to day lives than they are in what happens to taliban fighters when they’re handed over to their countrymen, what some former-MP is doing in his spare time, or any of the other things the opposition is trying to make stick.

I have, however, been following C-391, a private members’ bill to scrap the wasteful gun registry, fairly closely. It passed first and second readings fairly easily, moving on to committee. Mark Holland, the liberal critic on the committee has done his best to scuttle the fair deliberation of the act by purposefully omitting supporters of C-391 from the proposed list of witnesses. In fact, his original witness list had only 4 witnesses in favor of C-391 and dozens that didn’t.

The latest bit of political trickery is a bit much though.

Today Canadian Association of Police Chiefs President and Toronto Police Service Chief Bill Blair led a press conference in which the CACP, together with the Canadian Association of Police Boards (CAPB) and the Canadian Police Association (CPA), officially endorsed the registry.

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- Rafael.

Spousal Abuse and Firearms.

November 19th, 2009

I don’t often post related to firearms but the recent spate of letters and comments in the press from the Coalition for Gun Control and the Canadian Chiefs of Police has been getting on my nerves. While they might like to claim that the gun registry is necessary for the safety of women the fact of the matter is that gun owners are – statistically – less likely to harm their spouses.

To top it off, the firearms registry is responsible for draining precious resources that could otherwise be used to prevent domestic abuse.

Statistics Canada’s 2008 report on Family Violence shows only 40 of over 38,000 incidents of domestic violence involved firearms. In other words, 99.92% of spousal assaults didn’t involve guns. In instances where spousal abuse involved physical violence, firearms were used against women 34 times and against men 6 times out of over 17,000 violent assaults.

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- Rafael.