Beverly Akerman MSc

Beverly Akerman MSc
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
April 26
Beverly Akerman's award winning short story collection, 'The Meaning of Children,' was released in 2011 and in cyberspace the next year. Find it at After over two decades in molecular genetics research, Beverly realized she'd been learning more and more about less and less. Skittish at the prospect of knowing everything about nothing, she turned, for solace, to writing, winning myriad awards for her efforts. She recently received her third Pushcart nomination. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, The National Post, The Montreal Gazette and on CBC Radio One (Canada’s NPR-equivalent), as well as in numerous lay publications and learned journals. It pleases her strangely to believe she’s the only Canadian fiction writer ever to have sequenced her own DNA. TV & Radio Interviews:;; Twitter: Beverly_Akerman

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JANUARY 9, 2011 6:19PM

The Solution is Simple: No More Guns

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(To mark the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, still in critical condition--and the murder of 6 others, with 13 more injured--here is a re-issue of the first article on gun control I wrote, published in The Montreal Gazette, Sept. 19, 2006, following the murderous rampage/suicide of Kimveer Gill the previous week):


I am the mother of a Dawson College student, was friendly with a beloved husband and father killed at Concordia University 14 years ago, and worked in a non-traditional occupation - molecular genetics research - when the Ecole Polytechnique massacre took place. My husband, Russell Copeman, is a provincial politician who spends much of the year at the National Assembly in Quebec City, where three were killed and 13 wounded by a deranged Canadian soldier in 1984. And so I feel myself uniquely placed to respond to the events of Sept. 13.

My response is not to launch a fruitless inquiry into the "root causes" of this catastrophic occurrence. I couldn't care a whit whether the perpetrator of last Wednesday's atrocities was refused academic admission to Dawson College, whether he was bullied as a child, either in school or at home. I think it's irrelevant if he grew up with a chip on his shoulder because of some imagined slight, or even if he or his family suffered in the past from some form of persecution, be it real or imagined, in Canada or elsewhere.

 To me, there can be no mitigating factors for murder, whether the locus of attack is a college campus in downtown Montreal, a nightclub in Tel Aviv, a skyscraper in New York City, or some parched crossroads among the rubble of Afghanistan. Murder is murder is murder. Each one should fall under the rubric of "hate crime."

When 14 young Montrealers, full of hope, ambition and promise, had their lives snuffed out because they had earned the privilege of studying engineering while another could not, many people I knew, especially women, insisted the "root cause" of this crime was our society's oppression of women, an opinion at which I scoffed.

When gun control was trumpeted as the panacea to these horrible killings, I was skeptical. I bought the argument that gun control penalized the law-abiding, rather than the criminals. I was sensitive to the position that people living rural lifestyles needed firearms as part of their daily lives, a situation unimaginable to me, given my urban existence.

Well, I am skeptical and sensitive no more. Last Wednesday was the drop that made the glass overflow, as we say in Quebec. The balance has shifted. I realize more clearly now that my choice must be to care more for the potential victims than the potential perpetrators.

So that's my response to the Dawson killings: No more guns. It's as simple as that. Because no one can accurately predict who among us will become unhinged enough to explode in bloody slaughter, I believe that guns should be unavailable to the public.


I don't trust psychiatrists - much less gun-registry officials - to ferret out what lies deep in the hearts of men. After all, Concordia administrators, some of whom had equipped their own offices with locks and panic buttons because of Valery Fabrikant's continued harassment, consulted a psychiatrist about the demented professor before his murderous rampage. I saw the same psychiatrist on television last week, hovering in the background following the Dawson shootings.

According to journalist Morris Wolfe, the psychiatrist had deemed it "unlikely" that Fabrikant, a professor repeatedly denied tenure, would become violent ( /essays/fabrikant.html).

So if a trained psychiatrist with an abiding interest in severe and chronic psychotic illness, confronted with a man he himself has diagnosed as having "a personality disorder" cannot foresee the coming explosion of rage, all the administrative screening in the world won't be able to keep legal guns out of the hands of loonies. The solution that's clearest to me is to make guns - both legal and illegal - impossible to get.

And so, as a mother, a woman, and a sentient human being, I'm telling Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the entire government of Canada to wake up and smell the coffee: If you persist in your intended dismantling of the gun registry instead of making it harder for people to own guns, there will be hundreds of thousands of us marching in the streets of Montreal. I guarantee it. 




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Sorry Bev but you really are either completely mad or completely stupid. Your "simple solution" can never work for several reasons.. but to simplify it for you


All your 'gun control' attempts are pointless since you are aiming at the wrong people. Such BS laws do absolutely nothing to prevent criminals from having firearms.. but you continue to push such crap on the law abiding citizens. We are not the problem though you refuse to see it.

If one of the LEGAL gun owners had been present at the time of this tragedy then instead of 3 killed and 13 wounded the count could have very well been much much less.

Something you also fail to recognize.. by your own words to person responsible for this was DERANGED...

Given your inability to see such a simple TRUTH would only show you are being out of touch with reality as well.
Beverly, this is delusional thinking! Banning objects to promote public safety will NOT work!!! When gun ownership is criminal, only criminals will own guns!
Drunk drives kill far more people in Canada than guns. Why don't you also work on getting the public banned from owning cars?
I can't help but think that Bev and liberals like her are the Nazi Party of this millenium. Like the National Solcialists, Liberals have a similar left wing Socialist point of view (the state is more important than the individual). Unfortunately, if people actually take people like Bev seriously, history is bound to repeat itself, and it'll 1933 all over again. :(
Her rant reminds me of this rather similar quote:

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing."

- Adolf Hitler

It seems Bev, that your SIMPLE Solution is a prelude to another FINAL Solution. This time, I wonder who the Ubermensch (subhumans) are, to the Liberals?
Yesterday, a loving mother with 4 wonderful children drove into the river and drowned 3 of her own kids and herself......

Who knows what lurks in the hearts of women and when they may snap into a murderous rage....

There ought to be a law
It's a fallacy to blame an object for the actions of a person.

Without a killer, a gun can do no harm. Without a gun, a killer is capable of harm.

Some food for thought: The Bath School Disaster resulted in 45 deaths. The killer did not have a gun. What good would a gun ban have been to those 45?
... a few days ago, a deranged mother of 4 drove their car into the river and drowned 3 of her children and herself...

That was absolutely unconscionable! We have to get rid of all the cars!!! More people die in car-accidents every year in North America than have been killed in the Afghanistan war.

Oh my God! Beverly Ackerman has a Driver's Licence! *She* could kill someone with that car of hers!