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Canada Introducing New Extreme Gun Control Measures
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told podcast this week that guns must never be used for self defense
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that his leftist government was unveiling new attempts to restrict the rights of Canadians, including banning the sale of handguns.

“New gun control legislation the federal government tabled today includes a national freeze on the purchase, sale, importation and transfer of handguns in Canada — the government’s most ambitious attempt yet to restrict access to firearms in this country,” the CBC reported. “While the proposal falls short of a full ban on handguns, it would effectively limit the number of them in Canada.”

Trudeau claimed that the gun violence was on the rise so that meant it was his “duty to keep taking action.”

“Last summer, during the campaign, some politicians said they would make assault style weapons legal again,” Trudeau said. “Not only did we stand up to them, but we promised to go even further to protect our communities. We proposed to invest to help provinces and territories put restrictions on handguns within their jurisdictions.”

“However, in our discussions with law enforcement advocates and experts, it became apparent that we needed a different solution,” he continued. “We’re introducing legislation to implement a national freeze on handgun ownership. What this means is that it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada. In other words, we’re capping the market for handguns.”

Trudeau previously used efforts to implement new gun control measures to distract from his blackface scandal in which photos emerged that showed him on multiple occasions wearing racist blackface.

Trudeau’s remarks come after Democrat President Joe Biden appeared to take aim at handguns Monday on Memorial Day, claiming that a 9mm bullet, which is the most popular handgun caliber, “blows the lung out of the body.”

“They said a .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out — may be able to get it and save the life. A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body,” Biden claimed. “So, the idea of these high-caliber weapons is, uh, there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting. Remember, the constitution was never absolute.”

“You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed,” Biden falsely claimed. “You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weaponry.”

This report has been updated after publication to include additional information. 

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