Just to clarify, it is certainly my hope that we can do that.
Let me be very clear about what the goal is. The goal is for us to have the time to hear from witnesses. The goal is for us to then, in an efficient manner, not hold up good legislation but to improve it and to do it in a way.... I know that it may seem funny to others on the other side but it's an important piece of legislation, and we need to do our part.
If the effort to hear from other witnesses is something that others wish to partake in, I think that's an important step. I know that others have been asking for it, and we hope this step will take us to that place. We want to make sure that we work collaboratively to make sure that there are no guns that are commonly used for hunting captured within these proposed amendments.
We're listening to Canadians and we're going to get this right. I have been saying that, and my colleagues have been saying that, since the beginning of this. Again, we may have different approaches, but I think the intention is the same.
That said, I would like to try to do a bit of what we were doing last time, which is to just get some clarity for folks out there who are watching this and have been bombarded by messages that the government is coming.... I believe there was some narrative out there that the Bloc, the NDP and the Liberals are coming for every single hunting rifle and shotgun out there, and we've made it clear time and again that we are not. That is not the intention.
We've all spent time discussing these amendments, this amendment, with our friends and our families, in this committee and with constituents. I have heard from my constituents, who have said that it is very important for them to make sure that we get this right so that we don't lose the opportunity to make once-in-a-generation advances in protecting Canadians. We've heard from farmers who have expressed concerns that they have not had the opportunity to understand whether or not the guns they have would indeed be affected.
We've also heard from extreme views, from those who have chosen to turn this into a culture war, bringing racism, misogyny and all kinds of other vitriol and hate into this conversation. The emails that some of them send are a reminder of why some people frankly should not have firearms, but it does not mean that they represent the vast majority of gun owners in this country, and I want to make that very clear. I think that those who choose to use racism, misogyny, calls to violence and these types of tropes actually do not advance the cause that many people who have reached out to us with good intentions and goodwill seek to do.
As I said last week, I think it's really important for everyone on this committee, regardless of their political party, to denounce those views, to denounce the misogyny, the racism and the hate that has come from a lot of folks on the extreme right who are using the work of others to be able to carry legal firearms to promote some other sort of rhetoric of hate. I hope we'll all be able to do that together.
We have heard from folks who have expressed real concerns about the content and the context, so what I'd like to be able to do is.... We've been asking a lot of very specific and very technical questions about specific makes and models. Today, Mr. Smith, if I can, I would like us to try to break down the complex concepts to make sure we all understand the very foundation of what it is that we're proposing.
While we can answer the highly technical questions, we could also break down—and I hope you can help us with this—the technical concepts and make them digestible for average Canadians who might not know as much about hunting, shooting or firearms generally. With that in mind, perhaps we can establish a few key principles.
What is the range of firearms that are available in Canada for purchase?