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
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/
“An extension of 545 days beyond the statutory time limit is required to process this request. . .” Excerpt from Public Safety Canada Acknowledgment Letter dated Dec 18, 2018 Received Dec 27, 2017 by Dennis R. Young
Requested studies and proposals for gun control measures considered by the government including the following: Banning handguns, Banning semi-automatic firearms, Banning all firearms, and Central Storage/Repositories for firearms in urban centres.
CTV – NO ‘MAGIC LEVER’ TO SOLVE GUN CRIME: EXPERT – How to get handguns off the streets promises to be a divisive issue in the upcoming election year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government plans to limit access to handguns and assault weapons and has not ruled out an all-out ban. But independent firearms researcher Dennis Young says no statistics bear out the idea that lawful gun owners or their guns are the reason for increased shootings or guns on the streets. In fact, Young says he has yet to find anyone who tracks how many gun crimes are committed by licensed gun owners or how many handguns have been stolen from licensed owners. “If politicians want a handgun ban, they have to fabricate the stats to justify that,” Young told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview from his home in Airdrie, Alta. According to Statistics Canada, violent crime accounted for 20 per cent of all police-reported crime in Canada in 2016. And of all violent crimes, just 3 per cent involved a firearm. By Meredith MacLeod, CTVNews.ca – Published Friday, December 21, 2018 https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/no-magic-lever-to-solve-gun-crime-expert-1.4222841
“There were an estimated 1,400 shooting ranges in Canada in 2017.” 2017 Firearms Commissioner’s Report – RCMP Access to Information Act Response dated Nov 22, 2018 Received December 7, 2018 By Dennis R. Young
IMPORTANT GUN CONTROL STATISTICS MISSING FROM RCMP FIREARMS COMMISSIONER’S REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT – The Liberal Government promised their policies and programs would be ‘evidence-based’. Unfortunately, the base of ‘evidence’ in support of federal firearms programs is sorely lacking. By Dennis R. Young – December 5, 2018
RCMP Response to Access to Information Act request dated Nov 27, 2018 – Received by Dennis R. Young – December 4, 2018