Canada eased the ban on the export of assault-style weapons to Colombia, and Canadian gun merchants can now sell fully automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines — which are banned in Canada — to Colombia.
The Harper government quietly eased the ban to Colombia after a petition from Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Canada’s Governor in Council deems appropriate to export prohibited firearms, prohibited weapons and prohibited devices to Colombia, a country desperately trying to stray away from violence. This is like offering drugs to someone in rehab, or passing around jello shots at the AA meeting.
Canada calls the move “opening new market opportunities” for gun merchants. The Harper government defends itself saying the amended order places restrictions on the permits required for the weapons exports, including a case-by-case review by Ottawa.
Come on, Canada, what is happening to you? This is so unlike the peace-promoting Canada I know and love.