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Guns in Albertaby Daniel Johnson, Deputy Executive Editor
Did a grizzly bear warn Canada Customs that George Foster was on his way?
(Calgary, Alberta) - On February 21, 2012 George Foster, 54, of Florida, casually pulled up to customs at Sweetgrass, Montana, intending to cross into Canada. He pleaded guilty to four criminal and two smuggling related charges under the Customs Act in Lethbridge Provincial Court on July 24.
He said he had no firearms but officers found 75 guns, including 48 handguns, four of which were loaded. Among the cache they also found a blowgun, one pistol crossbow, and 12 high-capacity magazines hidden inside his pickup truck.
He was sentenced to three years in prison and after serving his sentence will be deported and barred from future entry to Canada. He will have lost however many thousands of dollars he had invested in the guns and will also have to have someone in Florida wire him busfare because his truck, too, will have been confiscated.
There were the usual pro- and anti-gun comments but “Doug Thompkins” had this to say over a couple of comments:
I've seen a 55-60 year old man shooting targets with iron sights from 10m to 50m .. using a handgun........ hits the steel target every time....all the time.
they are very accurate for hunting....the good ones are. (44 magnum)
heck the legenday 30-30 hunting rifle has excellent hitting power to 200 feet........ and a handgun can too......... great bush rifle and jackpines rifle.....
many many people have hunted grizzley, polar bear, elk, moose and other large animals.. even elephant with a 44 magnum handgun.....
For hiking and bushcraft pursuits a 44 magnum or something like that would be very useful for protection.....
I've had wayyyyyyy too many close calls.......
The more I think about them the more I realize how close I came to being crunched up between grunting growling sighing bear jaws and watching myself be killed while seeing my blood squirting and spurting.......
Hiking with a rifle is very difficult.......it just is.... factor in the extra manintenance gear and case to protect it... and it's just too heavy...plus it's unweidly and not easily lowered and sighted in a short time.... or even usefull at very close range.
we are sitting ducks.......... can't even protect ourselves.....
the last time I saw and experienced bear spray.... the guy let it loose and everybody and everything in a 20 meter radius was bear sprayed....... I mean it was everywhere..... you don't want that... bear spray is a fallacy and a fantasy quickfix.... when a bear is nasty and lives are on the line and the wind is blowing and there is a little place you and the bear share...... bear spray will incapacitate the operator and then the bear has a easy meal.....
plus....... asthmatics can be killed by bear spray and it also causes heart failure in some people.... Boo Hoo bears.... shoot the nasty critters that want to drag you under a shady tree by cool creekwater and then crunch you like crackerZ...
a 44 magnum is the only safety that is 100% reliable and effective against all north american wildlife.....including charging moose and elk...
bear spray is not 100% reliable or safe......
go pretend bear spray in windy conditions or a small space and then come back.... you're opinion will have changed.
people have a inherent right to protect themselves.... and wild animals don't care about gun laws or politics.....
StaBBinG is all the rage now......... it's more deadly in many ways than being shot and people are being stabbed every day in CANADA.... guns are a scapegoat for control freaks....
anyway....... yes some bears scamper when clapping hands and some bash yer skull in, shred the scalp and face off the skull and then bat you about while they try to pop yer skull like a walnut in the press..... that's the times a 44 magnum is yer best friend..... and your only security... nobody’s coming to rescue...
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Daniel Johnson as a teenager aspired to be a writer. Always a voracious reader, he reads more books in a month than many people read in a lifetime. He also reads 100+ online articles per week. He knew early that in order to be a writer, you have to be a reader.
He has always been concerned about fairness in the world and the plight of the underprivileged/underdog.
As a professional writer he sold his first paid article in 1974 and, while employed at other jobs, started selling a few pieces in assorted places.
Over the next 15 years, Daniel eked out a living as a writer doing, among other things, national writing and both radio and TV broadcasting for the CBC, Maclean’s (the national newsmagazine) and a wide variety of smaller publications. Interweaved throughout this period was soul-killing corporate and public relations writing.
It was through the 1960s and 1970s that he got his university experience. In his first year at the University of Calgary, he majored in psychology/mathematics; in his second year he switched to physics/mathematics. He then learned of an independent study program at the University of Lethbridge where he attended the next two years, studying philosophy and economics. In the end he attended university over nine years (four full time) but never qualified for a degree because he didn't have the right number of courses in any particular field.
In 1990 he published his first (and so far, only) book: Practical History: A guide to Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” (Polymath Press, Calgary)
Newly appointed as the Deputy Executive Editor in August 2011, he has been writing exclusively for Salem-News.com since March 2009 and, as of summer 2011, has published more than 160 stories.
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