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    from- A Brief History of Gun Control in Canada 1867-1945 (CSSA website)

    While the “right to bear arms” is now usually regarded as a peculiar American obsession, its English origins are frequently overlooked. Incorporated in England's 1689 Bill of Rights, the right of citizens to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state is described by Sir William Blackstone, in his famous 1765 Commentaries on the Laws of England, as one of the fundamental liberties of an Englishman.

    The parliamentary debate over Blake's legislation has a remarkable resemblance to firearm control arguments heard one hundred years later. MP's viewed the world as divided into criminals, whose access to handguns needed to be prohibited, and the law-abiding, whose right to carry guns for self-protection should not be restricted. This dichotomy continues to frame discussions on the ‘gun control' issue. Even Sir John A. Macdonald criticised the proposed legislation as having the effect of “. . . disarming the person who ought to be armed, and arming the rowdies.”

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