But support for the “rule of law” as a concept does not mean blind approval and/or acquiescence to every bit of legislation that politicians enact.
Simply stated, I want justice. In some cases, that means I want enforcement of laws. In other cases, I want resistance to laws.
Now let’s apply this principle to the issue of gun control in America’s northern neighbor.
Here’s what’s happening in Canada, as reported by Amanda Coletta for the Washington Post.
…in 2020, …Prime Minister Justin Trudeau banned some 1,500 makes and models of “military-grade” assault-style firearms and pledged to buy them back from owners. …as Canada’s Liberal government prepares to launch the first phase of the mandatory buyback, several provinces and territories say they won’t help. The most strident opponents, including the United Conservative Party government in Alberta, are suggesting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “refuse to participate.” Tyler Shandro, the province’s justice minister, declared the buyback was not “an objective, priority or goal” of the province or its Mounties. Alberta, he said, is “not legally obligated to provide resources for it.” …Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick have also balked at using “scarce RCMP resources” for the program. …“Alberta taxpayers pay over $750 dollars per year to fund the RCMP as our provincial police service,” Shandro, the Alberta justice minister, wrote in September to Curtis Zablocki, the head of the Alberta RCMP. “We expect that those dollars not be wasted to pay for a confiscation program that will not increase public safety.”
For what it’s worth, Mr. Shandro is understating the case against gun confiscation.
But I’m digressing. Let’s get back to the issue of civil disobedience.
The Post article only mentions one type of disobedience, which is the extent to which provincial and territorial governments will refuse to help enforce Trudeau’s bad law (the same phenomenon exists in the US).
By the way, this is why gun registration is a dangerous step. If politicians and bureaucrats know who has guns, confiscation schemes are easier to enforce.
Though hopefully such efforts can be thwarted if gun owners report that their weapons have been “lost” or “stolen” – which surely would happen if American politicians ever tried gun confiscation in the United States.