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Canada to U.S. tourists: Please leave your guns at home

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The Canadians are strict, I'll grant you that. The last time I drove over the border from New York, a customs agent confiscated my small can of Japanese mosquito repellent.

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Thank you gun nuts for creating problems for those of us Americans who visit Canada without guns.

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Seriously? The idiot gun owners don't have the brains to realize that they're going to Canada and are no longer in the US? AKA, their laws are different than our laws!

Just can't fight the amount of stupidity in the world today... so much of it everywhere!

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My name is Hillary Clinton, and I approve of this message.

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"Screw you Canada, you can't take away our second amendment rights! Build that wall! Build that wall! Make China pay for it!"

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Authorities have linked recent spikes in violent crimes to the smuggling of handguns and other prohibited weapons from the United States.

Many in the U.S. complain bitterly about drugs being smuggled into the U.S. via Mexico (and pin the blame squarely on Mexico), but very little is said about guns smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico.

One source estimates that 2,000 guns per day are smuggled into Mexico from the U.S., and I am sure that a high number of guns are smuggled into Canada across the border as well.

I don't like the thought of drugs being smuggled into the U.S., but I would be much more upset if it were large numbers of guns. The more our neighbors to the north and south protest this the better.

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"The announcement comes on the heels of two separate incidents in which Texas retirees denied carrying weapons at a border checkpoint in Saint Stephen, New Brunswick."

Texans. Not a surprise.

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Switchblades, nunchucks, crossbows, blowguns and brass knuckles are also banned in Canada, it noted.

Ironically, the above are also banned in most US states. Guns are okay, though.

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U.S. gun culture is also a source of derision in Canada.

And it should be. Keep Canada safe from US gun nuts and smugglers. Increase the fines, jail those too stupid to understand well known laws, confiscate the weapons and DON'T return them, and then make them pay for their stay.

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One has to admire the Canadian sense of humor.

It doesn't appear that they are treating this as a laughing matter.

They should start locking up these people for a week before letting them back into the US. Once that becomes news in the US after a few incidents, people will start taking the Canadians seriously on this matter.

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A search of their vehicles uncovered several handguns, a shotgun and loose ammunition, which were seized.

The two tourists were also fined more than Can$1,000 ($775) and kicked out of Canada, along with their wives.

That punishment was a slap on the wrist. If drugs had been involved the men and their wives would probably be serving prison time.

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If drugs had been involved the men and their wives would probably be serving prison time.

If the men had been sporting beards/turbans and/or if their wives had been burqua'd they would definitely be serving time.

Don't we get to know the names of these freedumb-luvvin' Texan geniuses?

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Cleo:

" If the men had been sporting beards/turbans and/or if their wives had been burqua'd they would definitely be serving time. "

Any basis at all for that claim? Or did you pull that out of thin air?

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did you pull that out of thin air?

Yup.

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One has to admire the Canadian sense of humor.

One must also admire the fact that the Canadians can also spell it correctly.

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"A rash of gun-toting Americans visiting Canada has prompted its border agency to launch a public awareness campaign reminding tourists about their northern neighbors’ relatively strict firearms laws."

Don't think it's a genuine lack of awareness but rather a blatant disregard for Canadian laws. These folks just don't care.

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Canada needs to build a wall and have Trump pay for it. And the NRA.

Gun laws in the USA may be the most stupid thing about the country, and there are a lot of stupid things about the USA unfortunately to list. And yes, many of them are associated with Texas or Texans.

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an entire thread of entitled gaijin riding the high horse

How so? Are you saying that Americans should be allowed to exercise their second amendment "rights" in other countries that don't believe in that fallacy?

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Seize their guns, fine them and deport them, else lock `em up until they can prove they're not supporting Quebec's secession by smuggling weapons.

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If the men had been sporting beards/turbans and/or if their wives had been burqua'd they would definitely be serving time.

Cleo - Its not Texan retirees I'm worried about getting blown up by while doing my holiday shopping.

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Canada gave other no gun countries in the world how to handle American gun nuts traveling to their countries.

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One has to admire the Canadian sense of humor. Japan's sense of humor is even better. Try it by seeing their funny reaction as you try to bring a gun through their customs.

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Yup, no hunters in Canada, no NEED for such things there...

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Yup, no hunters in Canada, no NEED for such things there...

Oh dear. someone read the headline and not the story.

2nd paragraph down. There ya go.....

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Clamenza,

You may think you are more at risk from terrorism but in fact you over 100 times more likely to die from that Texan carrying guns. Or in using your gun on yourself. Fox news has fooled you with their scare tactics and not reporting on the horrible death rate that unlimited gun access creates. ISIS has said that killing people in the USA is easy because of the stupid gun laws the country has.

Using numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we found that from 2001 to 2013, 406,496 people died by firearms on U.S. soil. (2013 is the most recent year CDC data for deaths by firearms is available.) This data covered all manners of death, including homicide, accident and suicide. According to the U.S. State Department, the number of U.S. citizens killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism from 2001 to 2013 was 350. In 2008, 587 Americans were killed just by guns that had discharged accidentally. In addition, we compiled all terrorism incidents inside the U.S. and found that between 2001 and 2013, there were 3,030 people killed in domestic acts of terrorism.* This brings the total to 3,380.

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zurconium - I don't live in Texas or the US. Their guns can't hurt me where I live. Radical Islamic terrorism can

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It's very possible these clowns did this in total ignorance.

Perhaps you didn't read this far into the article:

........in which Texas retirees denied carrying weapons at a border checkpoint in Saint Stephen, New Brunswick. A search of their vehicles uncovered several handguns, a shotgun and loose ammunition, which were seized.

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Harry_Gatto at Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:41PM JST It's very possible these clowns did this in total ignorance. Perhaps you didn't read this far into the article:

I think it's fair to say most commentators didn't, Harry.

These are the "responsible gun owners" we keep hearing about.

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Very relieved to read this; no need whatsoever for any tourist to be in possession of a firearm. I support keeping guns out of the hands of the average Canadian as well; we have enough violent crime as it is - no need to make it easier to have more.

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Too many people from all countries (except NK, et al) think their respective constitution travel with them. Show the passport and show the copy of the constitution is not how it works as evidenced by all the various kinds of weapons airport security personnel confiscate daily at airports around the world.

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I've driven across the border numerous times and the Canadian border inspector has always grilled everyone entering Canada if they had any firearms or other weapons in their possession so this isn't new by any means. Just that these two idiots made the news. Any hunter in the US knows that to bring hunting arms into Canada you need documentary proof that you're going hunting, in which case no problem.

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Many years ago, my parents drove to Canada in an RV. It had Texas plates. At the border, the Canadians emptied the RV completely searching for firearms. After all, the license plates were from Tx and everyone in Texas has multiple guns. Right?

After over 2 hrs of searching, not finding anything, the frustrated border guards pleaded for them to just give up the guns already. It never crossed their minds that anyone from Texas might not have a gun inside their RV.

There weren't any firearms, BTW.

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Many years ago, my parents drove to Canada in an RV. It had Texas plates...... Did this really happen?

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After over 2 hrs of searching, not finding anything, the frustrated border guards pleaded for them to just give up the guns already. It never crossed their minds that anyone from Texas might not have a gun inside their RV. And what happened after this?

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The fu, well, you can't blame the border guards for that stereotype. Read any internet based Texas paper, Dallas, Houston, and you fill find thosuands upon thousands of pro-gun articles and comments from readers. Plus, they gave us George Bush, so yeah, there SHOULD be a lot of negativity about that state, though there are some good people there, have a sister who is sane and liberal but these people are locked up in small sections of Austin. Most of Texas is a Christian taliban land that us nut-so. Drove through west Texas and it seemed like a Chrisitan Iran!

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That doesn't change the fact that someone in the US is at least 100 times more likely to die from a gun-loving nut than they are from an act of terrorism.

When you factor in accidental gun mishaps, people committing suicide, gang violence, homicide use, you are right, but not when it comes to Jihadism worldwide, foreign and domestic and growth and desire to commit murder randomly to pacify and kill as many Americans as possible because we are the enemy or Great Satan is extremely high, has been since the late 1990s and is worsening with the bombing of the WTC in 1993 and then on 9/11, the Fort Hood shooting, Boston, San Bernardino, Richard Reed, the shoe bomber and on and on.. We haven't even touched the topic of honor killings yet, when you look at it from that prism, Jihadism is by far the biggest danger. But again, I could care less about what Canadians think, if there laws require No guns, that's their laws and if you disobey it, you should be citied or whatever their laws demand. But in the US, I just don't want to hear Canadians tell us how to deal with OUR laws when it pertains to guns.

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and kill as many Americans Only Americans?

But in the US, I just don't want to hear Canadians tell us how to deal with OUR laws when it pertains to guns. If too many illegal guns that originate from the USA end up in Canada it is very much their business.

Great Satan Jesus is a zombie.

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as of this response I'm -10... proves my sarcastic and cynical point. I rest my case.

deadbeatles - your original comment could have been taken at least two different ways. It was so vague as to lose both its sarcasm and meaning, and therefore, whatever point you were trying to make.

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@Strangerland... as of this response I'm -10... proves my sarcastic and cynical point. I rest my case.

I have no idea what your point was/is.

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The antonym of this request would be for Canadians entering the US to "packem if you haveem".

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