Tory gun-policy advisor brands police Nazi thugs
'Sooner or later, they are gonna start shooting us first and asking questions later,' says firearms advocate.
OTTAWA -- A man who served as an advisor to the Conservative government on firearms policies has compared the Ontario Provincial Police to a fascist paramilitary group -- and the infamous Nazi SS.
Dr. Mike Ackermann, a Nova Scotia physician, was appointed in 2006 to a firearms advisory committee, reporting to then-public safety minister Stockwell Day.
A copy of his statement was released Tuesday by the Liberals, who are battling Stephen Harper's Tories in the countdown to the May 2 election. Harper has long argued for dismantling of Canada's long-gun registry.
Ackermann wrote a note in a Canadian Firearms Digest mailing list earlier this month discussing a police raid on the home of a gun owner in central Ontario. In the note, he compares the police to the Black Shirts, a fascist paramilitary group in Italy under Benito Mussolini and the infamous Nazi SS police.
"So all it takes now to have the Black Shirts bomb your house and take you down is an unsubstantiated call by a disgruntled whoever,'' Ackermann wrote.
"As I predicted a few years ago, the escalation of police response from a polite knock on the door and discussion to SS- type raid is the direct result of gun licensing and registration coupled with the pogrom of cultural genocide that has been going on for the last decade and more.
"Sooner or later, they are gonna start shooting us first and asking questions later.''
A copy of Ackermann's note was released by the Liberals.
It was not immediately known how long Ackermann was a member of the firearms advisory committee, or if he was still advising the government when the election was called.
An online resume purportedly by Ackermann says he was re-appointed to the committee in 2008 and 2009. It says he was also elected to the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association in 2008.
The website of gun advocate Tory MP Garry Breitkreuz says the committee, including Ackermann, first met in October 2006 to advise the minister.
A request for information about the committee was not returned by Public Safety Canada. Their website notes that consultation about amendments to the Firearms Act involved "seeking subject-specific advice and expertise'' from a Canadian firearms advisory committee.
Ackermann appears to be a frequent contributor to the firearms digest mailing list, which has archives available online from 1994 to 2010. He often espouses the view that gun deaths could be prevented if the would-be victim was also armed.
He wrote in March 2010 about Priscilla de Villiers, a woman whose daughter was shot and killed with a rifle while jogging in Burlington, Ont., and who spoke out in favour of the long-gun registry.
Ackermann wrote that while he has "great sympathy'' for de Villiers, the tragic loss of her daughter doesn't qualify her as an expert on crime deterrence.
"She should devote her energies to lobbying for recognition of the right armed self defence by women such as her daughter, who would very likely still be alive today had she something better to defend herself with than a cellphone,'' he said.
In 2005, he went on a long tirade against "the state,'' saying it will impose severe sanctions on anyone or anything it perceives as a threat, such as the shooting community.
"So again, when should we realize that it is time to fight for our Freedoms? To paraphrase John Ross in 'Unintended Consequences,' must we wait until we are 70 lbs underweight, in rags, and on the boxcars headed for the camps? By then it will be too late.''
Ackermann wrote that Canadians are not free, and that "the state'' doesn't want people to have original thoughts.
"The People are true to welfare, lotteries, beer and tobacco, mostly. Just try and take these away and see the uproar,'' he wrote.
"We are not strong militarily, diplomatically, organizationally, nor individually, with few exceptions. We most definitely are not free as long as we are denied the rights to defend our lives, to move freely within our borders and to privately own our property. (Examples: 1) Securicor can defend a bag of money with a gun in public, but you can't defend your daughter with one.''