An update on our Right to Arms documentary

Well, this is fun. We’re starting to plan the travel for our Right to Arms project as well as doing a lot of research into our traditional right to self-defence. I’m especially looking forward to visiting Roman ruins in Britain. Yes, Britain. I’m pleased to say one reason we’ve been fairly silent lately is that we’ve been working to get another project ready, on fixing the Canadian Constitution (we have a Kickstarter campaign for that one, here), that was slated for later in 2016 but for which we unexpectedly found a very welcome fundraising partner in the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. And because both projects deal with our heritage of liberty under law, there will be some important economies of scale on travel and other matters (including gear).

So we can afford to visit the UK for the Right to Arms documentary. Yeah yeah. But what about the Romans? How did they get in here? Or Quomodo huc? Simple. The right of self-defence in Canada, the determination to preserve life and liberty as natural rights, has very deep roots indeed. We’ll also be visiting the great forests of the UK to talk about the longbowmen, mainstay of English forces at Crécy and Agincourt, and predecessor of the rifle-bearing citizen soldiers actively subsidized by the Canadian government into the 20th century.

Of course we’ll also be going to important Canadian sites to talk about our own proud supporters of the right to bear arms like, say, Sir John A. Macdonald. And the heritage of First Nations warriors who didn’t know they were not to be trusted with spears, arrows and later guns. And the explorers who carried those long pointy metal things in scabbards without fear. “Ton bras sait porter l’épée” as our national anthem rightly notes.

We’ll have more updates for you as we get closer to filming. Pictures of me reading books and studying websites may not be the highlight of the whole experience for you so we’ll keep them to a minimum, though obviously it’s a crucial part of getting the details right. But just wait till we get to Bath!



HistoryJohn Robson