UPDATE (2 Apr 15)
The official word from Cadets Canada:
To clarify, Canadian Sea, Air and Army cadets – from 12 to 19 years old – will continue to have drill rifles.
While the picture below says, “Cancelled”, the more appropriate term would be, “Banned”.
I just found out that rifles are now being banned for Canada’s Navy Cadets and, as the text in the picture asks, who is next?
Over the last approximately five years, American Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) units have had their demilitarized (demil’d) rifles taken away and had them replaced with the Daisy Drill Rifle an M1903A3 replica (with a possible choice being given to units of the Daisy or one of the Glendale DrillAmerica rifles- M1 Garand/M1903). But why take the real demil’d rifles and replace them with toys*?
There are a couple of possible reasons:
- Mostly Marine Corps & Navy JROTC units had the M14 which was still a fully-automatic rifle even though it was demil’d. Other JROTC units had the M1 Garand and several versions of the M1903. All three rifles were created decades ago and parts, including stocks, have been getting more difficult to find.
- There has been a political move to take Constitutionally authorized weapons away from law abiding American citizens for many years now and this could be part of that move.
The Canadian Cadets could benefit from adopting the use of either the Daisy Drill Rifle or one of the Glendale DrillAmerica models since they are specifically Drill-Purpose rifles. This would seemingly fix the problem, unless the heart of the issue is that the Canadian cadets are using an “implement of war”, whether it is real, demil’d or fake. But the best way to handle the situation is to educate young men and women on gun safety and respect for weapons. Plus, what a great way to live out Isaiah 2:4, “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.” Using something that was meant to hurt as something to build a skill set that can help further teach young people team work, leadership, followership, timing and so many other things that will help them meet and exceed goals in the future!
Please don’t let this rifle ban continue for the Candian Navy League or spread to the Canadian Cadets. Please contact Calgary MP Jason Kenney at this link and please share this article as far and wide as possible.
*FYI: When Daisy Drill Rifles or Glendale DrillAmerica Rifles are shipped overseas to JROTC or honor guard units, the customs sheet states that the rifles are toys.