Montréal, 29 avril 2000  /  No 61
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Scott Carpenter is a young entrepreneur living in Victoria, B.C. and the founder and editor of Liberty Free Press.
by Scott Carpenter
          Sometimes I wonder if the government thinks we are stupid? They must. It is the only way to explain some of the corny ideas they come up with to get honest people to comply and cooperate with some of their diabolical schemes.  
          From April 24th to April 26th the Canadian bureaucracy that handles firearms registration, The Canadian Firearms Centre, has invited key leaders from the RFC (Recreational/Responsible Firearms Community) to meet with them in Ottawa to talk about the registration process. What exactly is it they want to talk about? Well... read for yourself... here is the alleged agenda obtained from an anonymous source (I wonder if this thing was supposed to be made public? Oh well!):
Monday, April 24, 2000 
05:00 to 06:00 PM Meet and Greet – cash bar 
06:00 to 09:00 PM Working Dinner – 
1. Approval of Agenda, 
2. Issue Identification, 
3. Questions from Participants. 
Tuesday, April 25, 2000 
09:00 to 10:15 AM Participant Perspectives 
10:15 to 10:30 AM Break 
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Licensing Initiatives 
12:00 to 01:00 PM Lunch 
01:00 to 03:15 PM Licensing Initiatives (continued) 
03:15 to 03:30 PM Break 
03:30 to 05:00 PM Potential Involvement of the Firearms Community in the Outreach Program 
Wednesday, April 26, 2000 
09:00 to 10:15 AM Incentive Programs 
10:15 to 10:30 AM Break 
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Comments from Participants 
          I giggle every time I read it. How about you? 
          The phrase that makes me laugh the most is « Outreach Program ». For those of you unacquainted with bureaucracies this is the Canadian government's kinder and gentler version of mass manipulation. Indeed, we no longer break someone's spirit and mind, we « reach out » to them. Modern statists are here to help us... whether we like it or not. 
Take this law and stuff it 
          While some in the firearms community are disappointed that only a select few organizations and representatives were invited to this little tea party, I find it more disturbing that any of these « representatives » are even willing to go in the first place. Who do these organizations think they are anyway? I don't know about you but I didn't buy memberships to them so that they could barter away my rights with the tyrant himself. The only potentially productive outcome of this meeting is the possibility that these groups may collectively tell the CFC and the government of Canada to take this law and stuff it. Sound a little too confrontational? Why not exercise a little diplomacy? Because, quite simply, in any compromise between good and evil only evil can benefit. As author John Orth, once mentioned... our apologetic stance and our willingness to compromise is what has gotten us into this mess in the first place. 
     « What does one do when one's social engineering schemes are not working but are needed for some unscrupulous reason nonetheless? One hires spies or even less covertly, one buys off the resistance. » 
          To get to the core of the issue let's consider the actual reason for this meeting: The government has discovered that this legislation is a huge mess bedeviled by civil disobedience (Hooray!) and bureaucratic incompetence (as usual). It knows that it is slowly losing this battle but that it cannot, under any circumstances, repeal the law or compromise. They need this law. Why? I don't know but time will surely tell. 
          So what does one do when one's social engineering schemes are not working but are needed for some unscrupulous reason nonetheless? One hires spies or even less covertly, one buys off the resistance. One offers representatives from the other side bribes in exchange for their cooperation in enslaving their supporters. 
          The Nazis used this tactic effectively in the years prior to WW2. They hired Jews to walk among their own people and convince them to give up their arms. Stalin and Lenin did the same in Russia. Eventually organizations founded to protect the rights of a given people were turned against the very individuals they were originally founded to protect. That's the consequence of individuals expecting others to defend their rights for them. We are paying the price for this complacency now. 
          And that's what an outreach program is, folks: it's a euphemism for enslavement. It's Big Brother's way of « Reaching Out » and slitting your throat with your own knife. Surely our government does not believe we are this naïve? I hope the organizations that went to this meeting (with honest intentions of course) are not so naïve either. 
          Which brings me to an important thought: Before anyone decides that they are going to aid and abet the government in this little scheme they had better think long and hard as to how long they would like their organizations to continue to exist. I suspect that gun owners and hunters who feel they have been sold out would quickly withdraw their consent from guilty organizations. And it won't be hard to figure out who the guilty parties are either. Government money is difficult to hide and battle weary individuals are tough to fool. 
          So... good luck to all of you who go to face the tyrant. I hope you can convince him to stop this madness. On the other hand, don't forget your place... and let your conscience be your guide. It's bad enough we have this battle on one front. We don't need it on another. 
          Oh yeah... does anyone have any idea, or want to venture a guess at what an « incentive program » is all about??? 
          I've got an idea or two... 
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