The Library of Parliament Research Branch examined two different reports published by Statistics Canada on violent crime in 1999. They determined that the “Presence of a Firearm in Violent Incidents” was 4.1%, but the “Use of a Firearm in Violent Incidents” was only 1.4% – almost three times lower than the figure reported by Statistics Canada and accepted and repeated by the media without any explanation or clarification.
On July 21, 1997, the J.P.R. Murray, Commissioner of the RCMP wrote the Deputy Minister of Justice to complain about the department’s misrepresentation of RCMP statistics. The Commissioner set the record straight: “Furthermore, the RCMP investigated 88,162 actual violent crimes during 1993, where only 73 of these offences, or 0.08%, involved the use of firearms.” Copy of this letter attached for easy reference.
STATISTICS CANADA: Surveys and statistical programs – Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR) http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&Id=380106
“THE CANADIAN FIREARMS INFORMATION SYSTEM DOES NOT COLLECT THE REQUESTED INFORMATION.” Firearms Seized by Police that are: “(iii) domestically sourced, (iv) smuggled into Canada” https://dennisryoung.ca/2018/06/23/key-evidence-missing-responses-bill-c-71-order-paper-questions/
Government firearms statistics focussed on ‘activity’ – not ‘effectiveness’
1,428 Firearms Inspections conducted by RCMP CFOs since January 2015 – 1 Revocation
STILL SEEKING EVIDENCE: SOURCES OF ‘CRIME GUNS’ – Statistics Canada Access to Information Act request – April 15, 2018 https://dennisryoung.ca/2018/04/19/still-seeking-evidence-sources-crime-guns/