Many people don’t realize that the recreational firearms community (sports shooters) consists of people from all walks of life including professionals, trades, students, retirees, men, women, boys and girls in all parts of Canada. While the media for the most part has inaccurately portrayed us and our sports, and vilified us by grouping us with the worst types of criminals in Canada or blaming us for the actions of those criminals, nothing could be farther from the truth. As a group we are Canada’s most law abiding and trusted citizens and have been trained and specifically licensed for the sports that we have chosen to participate in. We peacefully and safely practice our sports in thousands of clubs across the country. There are many reasons why we have chosen these sports, a unique aspect of which is that sports shooting allows people of all ages to participate, from as young as 12 years old to well over 85, and the sports know no age or physical barriers. Sports in which a youngster can compete head to head with a senior over 80 with no handicap or special provisions needing to be made for either. All comers can compete on equal terms. Simply stated, our sport is one that someone can enjoy for their entire life and encompasses the entire demographic and geographic diversity of Canada.
Licensed gun owners are responsible and law abiding. Unfortunately, due to the inaccurate and unfair characterization of us in the media and constant threats by uninformed governments at all levels to rob us of our lifelong leisure time sporting activity and to condemn and disparage us and our sports in the public eye, we firearms owners have maintained a very low public profile. However, all of the people that participate in the shooting sports come from many backgrounds and are compassionate caring Canadians, ready and willing to give a helping hand to those in need. It is time to make our existence known, and demonstrate the fact we are a group of highly motivated, caring citizens that are inspired to make changes in our world today. We want safe, healthy communities more than most.
With the current emergency that exists due to COVID-19, many of our members, licensed gun owners and proud gun club members, are the hardworking and admirable citizens currently on the front lines of the epidemic: doctors, nurses, EMS, police, fire, utilities, security officers, military reservists and a large number of other essential service personnel. At the same time as some of our members are risking their lives on the frontlines, other members are motivated to help with donations of food, materials and money. It is for this reason that this website has been set up.
We at the Burlington Rifle and Revolver Club applaud the dedication and efforts being made by all front-line workers and as members of the recreational firearms community we want to help in dealing with this international health catastrophe in any way possible. It is for this reason and on behalf of the Burlington Rifle and Revolver Club, that I ask all members to make what ever financial contribution they can afford, given their personal situation. I realize that times are tough for many of our members, but we are asking everyone to please donate at least $20 toward our club effort to help the front-line workers. The referral will be credited to our club towards meeting our fundraising goal posted on this website. Please keep in mind that Contributions of $20 or more will receive a charitable donation tax receipt directly to your email address. The donation link for the website is http://jbhf.akaraisin.com/givetoday/brrc
To start this effort off The Burlington Rifle and Revolver Club has made a $5000 cash donation to Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation and more significantly has contributed several cases of hard to obtain personal protective equipment for hospital staff who are now dealing with the COVID-19 crisis first hand. Further, in the spirit of sportsmanship, BRRC is challenging all gun clubs across the country to make similar efforts in their own communities and to follow in our footsteps. Let all Canadians see what we already know, that firearms owners are an active part of our communities and very much care about the well-being of our fellow citizens.
Please help us meet and exceed our funding targets. Together we can make a difference.
President, Burlington Rifle and Revolver Club