Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dirty Gary to Advise Conservatives on Guns

In a less-than-surprising story, Susan Delacourt reported a couple of days ago in the Star that the Conservative government's firearms advisory committee is stacked (or should I say loaded) with gun nuts like 'Dirty' Gary Mauser.

That the guy pictured above is advising our government about anything at all is profoundly disturbing. Then again, who am I to argue with a man shoving the barrel of a gun in my face while grinning maniacally?

Mauser has published several articles chronicling his pro-gun stance, and his picture was once featured on the National Firearms Association website. I could go on at length about his obvious bias, but Tim Lambert has taken the time to do so already at his weblog. It's an excellent post, and well worth the read.

In case you're wondering about the other members of the "fair and balanced" committee:

Mike Ackerman, physician and gun advocate
Tony Bernardo, Canadian Institute of Legislative Action.
Linda Thom, Olympic gold medallist in pistol shooting.
Alain Cossette, Quebec Wildlife Federation.
Greg Farrant, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Linda Baggaley, firearms expert and dealer from Alberta.
Stephen Torino, Quebec firearms expert and dealer.
Louis D'amour, New Brunswick firearms expert.
Gerry Gamble, Sporting Clubs of Niagara.
Robert Head, former RCMP assistant commissioner.
John Gayder, Niagara police.
Murray Grismer, Saskatoon police

According to the article in the Star, Mauser conceded the committee doesn't always agree on everything. Anyone care to guess how these guys settle their disputes?


Anonymous said...

Doris indicated that he seeks advice from 'other sources' but wasn't all that specific about when he might do it or who the others might be.
In the meantime, I'd say he's about saturated the blotter with, opinion from the 'why I need pistols in my country' crowd.
It also begs the question, "is the questionairre Doris is circulating prepared by the same folk that prepared the questionairre for the Wheat Board"?

Steve Sorge said...

Cool gun.

MD said...

Although the minority parliament's committees are paralysed, I think Conservatives are actively trying more subtle ways of changing the landscape of the country. Ensuring that advisory bodies which garner little media attention are stacked with ideologically appropriate people will have an impact in the long term. This could be particularly disturbing with appointments that are supposed to be non-politcal experts, like those stemming from the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.

knb said...

I think md makes a really valid point.

I occasionaly see some ink devoted to changes in advisory boards, but it's often one paragraph and buried deep in the paper.

What we do see happening with this government is startling enough, but it's what we don't see that is really worrisome.

ktr said...

i am glad nobody is questioning the appointment of linda thom to the committee. Clearly, her campaing in 1995 as a provincial conservative in Ottawa-South had nothing to do with her getting on the board.

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ktr said...

Interesting to note that this committee also includes one of the highest profile NDP supporters in Quebec, none other than past hull-alymer by election candidate alain cossette. no wonder why the dips are so happy to cozy up with harper and crew.

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