National and International Gun Control News for the week ending June 7, 2019
RCMP REPORT: Number of Firearms Business Licenses Applied for, Issued, Denied and Revoked, by Province, by Prescribed Business Purpose 1998-2017 – RCMP 58-Page Response to ATIP Request dated Dec 20, 2018 – Preliminary Analysis by Gary A. Mauser and Dennis R. Young – May 31, 2019
MEMORANDUM FOR THE MINISTER: FIREARMS-RELATED VIOLENT CRIME IN CANADA, 2009-2017 – Public Safety Canada Access to Information File: A-2018-00244 – May 29, 2019 Response to my Informal Request – EXCERPTS:
- In 2017, there were approximately 7,700 victims of violent crime reported to police in Canada in 2017 (excluding Quebec where data were not available) where a firearm was present. MY NOTE: ‘present’ does not mean ‘used’.
- The number (and rate) of victims of firearm-related violent crime declined 33% between 2009 and 2013, reaching its lowest point in recent years. This downward trend stopped in 2013, and has since gone up by 42% by 2017.
- In spite of an increase in the overall volume of firearm-related violent crime, the 2017 rate of 27.3 victims per 100,000 Canadians was still 5% lower than in 2009..
- While the number and rate of break and enter incidents to steal firearms steadily increased since 2009, it declined slightly in 2017.
- Further, the number and rate of crimes for unsafe storage also declined in 2017, following several years of general decline.
- Break and enter and unsafe storage trends have both declined in 2017. These findings may contradict narratives which identify break and enter as a key method to illegally obtain firearms, both in private homes and in commercial establishments.
STATISTICS CANADA’S DEFINITION OF ‘FIREARMS RELATED CRIME’ IS VERY MISLEADING – Number Of Violent Crimes Involving Guns Exaggerated By An Over-Inclusive Definition Of Gun Crime – By Gary Mauser – Canada Free Press – February 23, 2015 http://canadafreepress.com/article/6996
THE KEY WEAKNESSES OF THIS SURVEY:
- Question wording is slanted to support government proposals,
- Definitions of “assault rifle” and “high-capacity magazine” are incorrect and misleading,
- Support for gun bans decreases with knowledge of current gun laws,
- Sample selection is not representative [it is a panel of volunteers, not a random sample], and
- Report inadequately points out the limitations of their findings.
BY GARY MAUSER, JUSTICE FOR GUN OWNERS – MAY 25, 2019 https://justiceforgunowners.ca/survey-exaggerates-support-for-gun-bans/
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THIS LIBERAL PLAN TO DECRIMINALIZE ALL FIREARMS ACTIVITIES WHERE NO CRIMINAL INTENT OR ACTIVITY OCCURS? Documentation compiled by Dennis R. Young – Updated May 17, 2019
Two years later, Public Safety Canada still keeping important Committee deliberations and advice secret
- May 14, 2017 – ATIP Request Filed
- June 9, 2017 – 44-day extension imposed – response due Aug 8, 2017
- August 8, 2017 – Incomplete response received – 315 pages
- August 22, 2017 – Missing Records Complaint with Information Commissioner
- May 13, 2019 – Received second release of 117 pages dated May 6, 2019