Mass Shooting In Canada Is An Indian Reservation Story, Not A “Gun Control” Story

A shooting at Saskatchewan High School has Americans asking themselves “Hey, I thought Canada had gun control”, and also “where exactly is Saskatchewan”–a question many people in Central Canada might have difficulty asking. For the record, Saskatchewan is north of Montana and North Dakota, is bigger than both because there are only ten provinces in Canada, and has  a population of a little over a million, about 12 percent of whom are Canadian Indians. (Also known as Native Canadians, and–the current official term–“First Nations.”)

…A similar massacre occurred in on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota in 2005. In a story I wroted called Of The “Thirty Deadliest” Shooters, At Least A Dozen Are Not White Males, I had teenaged Chippewa  gunman Jeff Weise on my list.

  • Clear Thinker

    The La Loche area is a most historic cornerstone of Canada and its’ discovery and foundation. The teachers were there to improve the lives of the children who reside there. A family member teaches on a Reserve in Western Canada(not La Loche), and he has had a member of the Rez come to his classroom door and brandish a weapon. Based on per capita numbers only, Indians seem to like to bring guns to the schools to get what they think they want. In the case of my family member, if a charge was laid, he was never called as a witness, so nice carpet move by the RCMP and the Band Chief. In La Loche, well I guess they don’t enforce the storage laws for guns the way we have them enforced everywhere else. We have a mechanism to bring this 17 year old to adult court. If anything, I believe that the yoots criminal justice act should not allow for anonymity when rape, kidnap, murder, or other felony is involved. The crime itself should determine publication. Now I don’t know who did this crime, everyone up there does, will the courts go after the Rez facebook posters who are naming him right now? I doubt it. But for simplicity’s sake, if someone could send a facebook link from that area, this just might put the stake through the heart of hiding teenager’s names who have been charged with murder.

    • blehblehbleh

      Not hard to figure out who he is, he shot his brothers first. Follow the Facebook trail.

    • Exile1981

      I have a relative who works at a bank near – not on a reservation. A native demanded money when the teller said no he said he’d go to his vehicle for a machette and left. They locked the door behind him and called the cops.

      The guy came back with the machette and beat on the door for 15 minutes trying to get in. for 10 of those minutes the rcmp corporal satin his cruiser across the street waiting till the situation “diffused”.

      When the guy left the rcmp came over and refused to arrest the guy. Claiming that as a native the guy would just get a wrist slap.and it wasn’t worth the paperwork to press charges.

      • Alain

        Knowing how it works, I cannot blame the RCMP constable. It should not be this way, but it is: there hasn’t been the rule of law practised in Canada for many years now.

        • Exile1981

          Too many SJW judges. The idea of a healing circle and using smudge is not going discourage someone from repeating a violent crime.

        • I blame him. Doesn’t he have a job to do? He’s not going to be renouncing his pension of anything, is he?

          He’d arrest me or you if we threatened someone with a machete.

          • El Martyachi

            Yep. He could resign and write about it online. But mortgages, pensions, etc.. ya know. Fuckers get theirs.

  • Martin B

    Shiny Pony panders to Natives as shamelessly as he panders to Mohammedans, so he’ll make this a gun control story.

    • mobuyus

      Sophie will sing sweetly to Shiny Pony and this will become a story about her. Again.

      • DMB

        Sophie is the Shiny Pony’s intellectual equal.

        • mobuyus

          So true. They were made for one another. Sophie has a cult following in Quebec Shiny Pony has one in Toronto.

  • marty_p

    PM Zoolander will be throwing money at the Aboriginals as a result of the shooting. Their isolated location precludes them running casinos or selling illegal cigarettes so they need govt. money.
    Interesting how much of the MSM barely mention the fact that it’s an Aboriginal community.

    • Mr_bigstuff

      The so-called MSM only identify white christian males when anything goes off the rails – This guy will get off as being NCR and after a healing council and waving of eagle feathers be back on the street in under 3 years-

  • Roy Elsworth

    you know it the school had traind teachers in there that had guns this would never have happen because when you shoot back people run away guns save lives using it right and with the new victims right laws in Canada it would help. them

  • BillyHW

    First Nations is a misnomer. Most Recent Tribes would be truthful and accurate.

    • mauser 98

      Kennewick Man!!

  • dukestreet

    It’s been my experience that natives get away with a lot that others would not simply because they are native. All the healing circles in the world will not cure the kids from killing themselves and others.

    There is too much of one law for us and excuses for you if you’re a minority. Especially if you are native or Islamic.

    The gun laws in Canada are so strict that it is almost impossible to get a concealed weapon permit. After you jump through the required hoops, I you have to get it signed off by the government minister in charge,

    • john s

      It actually is impossible to get a concealed weapon permit as a regular citizen. That being said, in many northern towns and reserves, it is not unusual to see folks carry long guns with them in public. The tools of the trade as it were.

      • mauser 98

        miners ,prospectors carry restricted firearms in far north
        RCMP look the other way

        • john s

          Well I have a permit to carry for protection from predatory wildlife. Let me tell ya, the mounties will have your balls if you get caught with a handgun without the permit. Also, you cannot carry the thing anywhere near civilization and you cannot carry it concealed.a again, on forfeit of your balls.

          • mauser 98

            OK .. used to know some prospectors, geologists .. they carried pistols in the NWT with nothing. they said many did
            but that was years ago

          • john s

            Suppose if you get to the territories it doesn’t work the same as down here in northern bc or the Yukon. I still wouldn’t be the one to try it though.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I used to laugh about the “spring clean-up” on the northern reserve near where I lived as a kid. Every spring, the native band council would have to pay a couple of people with trucks to drive along all the roads on the reserve and retrieve the bodies of dead natives who had passed out drunk in the snow over the last winter and died. It was no biggie to the natives, so it became no biggie to us. Dead indians were as common as dirt on reserves when I was a kid. Indians didn’t care about it; Indians only cared about their next bottle.

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      • Exile1981

        I remember the natives on the res next to the town I grew up in used to have a pool of how many bodies would show up in the spring on the 5km road leading from our towns bar to the reservation.

        • Justin St.Denis

          And Canadians who have never lived near a northern reserve think we make this shit up! Ha! The “Indian stories” I can tell would set the average Torontonian’s brain on fire!

          • Exile1981

            Unless you have lived near one or on one people just don’t understand.

            I knew a kid growing up who’s father cut a hole in the wall of the bathroom so the horses could drink from the bathtub.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Gotcha! Totally believable. When I was a kid, some native families cut holes into the living room floors of their reserve development bungalows and installed open fire pits there. It was a common practice.

  • mauser 98

    and the Montreal University shooter was a muslim woman hater who took a francophone name

    • V10_Rob

      Shhhhh…. shadup….