The House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and Security voted today to censure comments made last week by Sheldon Clare, president of the National Firearms Association, on the NFA Talk podcast. The vote was endorsed by all parties (including the Bloc , Liberals and NDP) except the Conservatives, whose members on the committee abstained.
The vote was initiated by Liberal MP Pam Damoff, who referred to comments made by Sheldon Clare during the videoconference, who allegedly “suggested that we needed to revisit our old woodworking and metalworking skills and construct guillotines again. And that would really be the best kind of committee of public safety, to get that re-established. They want to make it about public safety. The sound of this person’s voice is not one that is joking. He was not joking. … that’s what this person told me.”
“This kind of language is dangerous. Sharing these comments on their platform … can lead to violence,” Damoff told her fellow members of committee. “As we saw in the United States, the storming of the U.S. Capitol by an armed mob was spurred on by similar language. These calls for violence against those who want a safer community are not tolerable, and it is incumbent on all of us to condemn them.”
"I think we need to take a stand," Damoff continued. "We need to shut down this kind of language, this way of talking and thinking that's OK to talk about building guillotines and laughing about those kinds of comments in a public forum."
Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs retorted by stating that the CPC takes threats against politicians "extremely seriously," but that Clare's comments may have been taken out of context.
Clare offered up his own response. "I am surprised that Liberal parliamentarians have time to watch our popular NFA Talk podcast. Perhaps the country would be in better shape if the Liberal government actually started working for the Canadian people instead of against them," Clare stated.
"It astounds me that any Canadian would still support the Liberals after their many scandals and their tyrannical attack on the firearm, airsoft, and air gun communities – not to mention the economic damage that this Liberal government has caused. I make no apology for any comments made during our NFA Talk podcast – like them or not – we have the right to free speech, at least for now. Nothing said advocated violence against anyone."
The firearms license, registration, and classification system are all failed Liberal gun control and warrant challenging. The May 1, 2020 Order in Council and Bill C-21 proposing a sweeping theft of people’s lawfully obtained property is also unacceptable. The NFA maintains that our strong Canadian firearms heritage and culture matters, and we shall continue to defend it with vigour."