CANADA - Complete Freeze on Handgun Ownership

Arno Froese

Canada should introduce a total ban on the buying and selling of all handguns, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.

His government is proposing a new law that would freeze private ownership of all short-barreled firearms.

The legislation would not ban the ownership of handguns outright—but would make it illegal to buy them. 

Mr. Trudeau’s proposal comes days after a deadly shooting at a Texas primary school, in the neighboring US, killed 21 people.

The bill, which was presented to Canada’s parliament, makes it impossible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in the country.

Canada already has stricter rules on gun ownership than its southern neighbor and records fewer firearm incidents every year.

For example, all guns must be kept locked and unloaded and anyone wishing to buy a firearm must undergo extensive background checks.

But there have been calls in recent years to tighten gun legislation there even further, especially following a number of deadly shootings.

In April 2020, a gunman posing as a police officer killed 22 people during a shooting spree in Nova Scotia—the deadliest in Canada’s history., 30 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

The commentary on this abbreviated article is not intended to be pro or con, but simply to show that the Scripture is true: “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52).

In Christian circles, this has caused much controversy and debate. The bottom line is, should Christians defend themselves physically? Do we find defense forces organized by Christians in the New Testament? The answer is a resounding no. Some will point to Luke 22:35-38, particularly the phrase, “and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” Jesus knew what would happen in the next few hours—the horrible event of Gethsemane. He also knew that His disciples would fulfill Zechariah 13:7: “…smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered…” He knew they would be on their own—no Lord, no Holy Spirit.

In Gethsemane, He prayed: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). Generally, this is interpreted as meaning Christ prayed to avoid the cross. Not so: Hebrews 5:7 gives us the answer: “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.” Jesus did not die in the Garden of Gethsemane, when the devil loaded the world’s sin upon Him. He was in agony, “his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (verse 44b). He had to go to the cross to exclaim, “It is finished!” His life was spared; the Father saved Him “from death.”

Now to the mysterious instruction, “he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” What we do know is that Peter used the sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant, Malchus. Interestingly, Jesus did not tell Peter to get rid of the sword, but: “Put up thy sword into the sheath” (John 18:11). In plain words, you may have a sword (gun), but you are forbidden to use it.

Charles Spurgeon had this to say about self-defense: “The great crime of war can never promote the religion of peace. The battle, and the garment rolled in blood, are not a fitting prelude to ‘peace on earth, goodwill to men.’ And I do firmly hold, that the slaughter of men, that bayonets, and swords, and guns, have never yet been, and never can be, promoters of the gospel. The gospel will proceed without them, but never through them.” About defense, Oswald Chambers said, “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense.”

Regarding the article, the result is very obvious. Firearm deaths per 100,000 in Canada stand at 2.28; in the UK (with very strict gun laws) it’s 0.24, and the USA 10.95. When it comes to crime, the statistics clearly show that Canada is a very prosperous, safe, and secure country.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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