THE GUN DEBATE IN CANADA: PT-2 – “ASSAULT WEAPONS”
“We will take action to get handguns and assault weapons off our streets”. Liberal Party of Canada website. Several statements about firearms use and misuse have been made by the governing Liberal Party of Canada, and by gun-control lobby groups even as the Liberal government mulls a complete ban on handguns and possibly also on so-called “assault weapons” which are modern semi-automatic sporting rifles. By RCI | firstname.lastname@example.org Monday 21 January, 2019 http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/01/21/the-gun-debate-in-canada-pt-2-assault-weapons/
Maybe Senators can get the answers that my Access to Information requests can’t? By Dennis R. Young – Updated: January 13, 2019
379,036 FIREARMS SEIZED BY AND SURRENDERED TO THE RCMP: Between January 1, 2008 to May 27, 2017 – RCMP Response to Access to Information Act request dated March 23, 2018 Received April 5, 2018 by Dennis R. Young
WHAT THE RCMP DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE FIREARMS THEY TRACE! Contrary to the Trudeau Government’s promises for ‘evidence-based’ policies and gun control programs, here are the thirteen things the RCMP now admit they don’t know about the firearms they trace. RCMP Response to Access to Information Act request dated February 7, 2018 Received February 14, 2018 by Dennis R. Young https://dennisryoung.ca/2018/02/16/rcmp-doesnt-know-firearms-trace/
RCMP response to Access to Information request dated Jan 7, 2019 – Received Jan 11, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
ATTACHED RCMP TABLE: Registered Restricted & Prohibited Firearms Reported Stolen in Canada 2001 to 2017
EXCERPT: “The Canadian Firearms Program does not collect information associated to stolen firearms such as: (1) Individual firearm owners, (2) Firearm collectors, (3) Shooting ranges and gun clubs, (4) Firearm retailers, (5) Firearm wholesalers or distributors, (6) Firearm manufacturers, (7) Museums, (8) Federal Government Departments and Agencies, (9) Provincial Government Departments and Agencies, (10) Armoured Car Companies, (11) Police stations, (12) Military bases or armouries, (13) Movie Sets and Prop suppliers, (14) Other.”
CBSA Access to Information response dated Dec 6, 2018 – Received Dec 18, 2018 by Dennis R. Young
- We Do not track people’s intended destinations.
- Integrated Customs Enforcement System reports shows seizures at a national level.
- The system does not breakdown the seizures for “real criminals” (i.e. Smuggling with criminal intent)
- The system doesn’t breakdown seizures for “persons who were ignorant of the law.”
- We do not track people’s intended destinations.
ATTACHED CBSA TABLE: Firearms Seizures (Jan 1, 2011 to April 15, 2018) 3,741 Firearms Seized in 2,483 Firearms Seizures
Important statistics about firearms license holders who are ‘involved in an event involving violence or other offences’ are not tracked. Ontario CFO FOIP Response dated December 31, 2018 – Received January 9, 2019 by Dennis R. Young.
(A) RCMP AUDIT OF THE CANADIAN FIREARMS PROGRAM CONTINUUM OF ELIGIBILITY FOR FIREARMS LICENSING http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/audit-the-canadian-firearms-program-continuum-eligibility-firearms-licensing
(B) THE CANADIAN PRESS ARTICLE FIREARMS LICENCE SCREENING BACKLOGS POSE SAFETY RISKS: RCMP AUDIT – Excerpt: However, there were “significant delays in both initiating investigations and in the duration of eligibility investigations themselves.” For the 27 files in the sample that were still under review, an average of 331 days had passed since the incident in question. By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press – Published Friday, November 16, 2018 https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/firearms-licence-screening-backlogs-pose-safety-risks-rcmp-audit-1.4179698
(C) THE FIREARMS COMMISSIONER’S 2016 REPORT TO PARLIAMENT WHICH STATES: CONTINUOUS ELIGIBILITY SCREENING OF FIREARMS LICENCE HOLDERS: “The Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) contains current and historical firearms licence holder data. If a licence holder is involved in an event involving violence (or other offences specified in Section 5 of the Firearms Act), it is reported in CPIC via a Firearms Interest Police (FIP) event and sent to the relevant CFO for review. Licence holders are regularly screened to assess their continuous eligibility to remain licensed. There were 29,487 FIP events in 2016 that were matched to a person with a firearms licence. 8,408 FIP Events in Ontario (Table 8).” http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/2016-commissioner-firearms-report
GUNTER: YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW LEGAL GUN OWNERS — AND NOT THE CRIMINALS — FACE ALL THE HASSLES
If governments want to reduce gun crimes, they need to stop wasting so much effort on good guys with guns. By Lorne Gunter, Toronto Sun – January 8, 2019
The debate over the regulation of firearms in Canada is often influenced more by emotion than by facts. Since good public policy should be based on solid evidence, following are a few facts for consideration. By Senator Don Plett – January 4, 2019 http://www.donplett.ca/my-work/articles-and-speeches/14-things-you-should-know-about-violent-crime-and-firearms-in-canada/
Senator Donald Neil Plett – Province: Manitoba (Landmark) Affiliation: Conservative Party of Canada Telephone: 613-992-0180 , 613-992-3790 Email: email@example.com
EXCERPT #1: Policing and reporting are both supposed to be about the truth. The police and the CP had combined to put out inaccurate information, and that inaccurate information was driving public debate. At minimum, a correction, or some comparable acknowledgement, was absolutely required. Canadians have spent four months having a debate, including public consultations, based in part on bad information. Information that was known to be bad months ago, but that went uncorrected until two days after Christmas, when news readership is typically way, way below usual levels.
EXCERPT #2: But there is simply no evidence that there is a worsening problem among lawful Canadian handgun owners, the people targeted by the proposed ban — in effect, held up as partially responsible for tragic deaths and senseless crimes. The Toronto police numbers don’t show it. Nationally, the Public Safety Ministry has conceded that it has no data to support claims by Minister Ralph Goodale that domestic owners now provide the majority of crime guns. That entire narrative, embraced wholeheartedly by the mayor and somewhat more cautiously by federal Liberals, is based on bad information that should not have been reported. To call all this disappointing would be an understatement. In an era when news organizations all over the world are being accused of peddling fake news, and when every police force recognizes the challenge of retaining public trust, this is absolutely appalling.
By Matt Gurney, Radio Host 640 Toronto, Global News January 5, 2019 https://globalnews.ca/news/4815321/despite-a-correction-canadas-gun-control-debate-is-still-tainted-by-bad-information/