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
THE GUN BLOG – PAL APPLICATION FORM WRITTEN AS A LETTER (HUMOUR) TheGunBlog.ca — Canadians need a licence authorized by the federal police to legally buy, sell, own or transport any gun, and to buy ammunition. Here’s a humorous look at how a licence application might look if it were written as a letter. Dear Federal Police, I’d like to please request your permission to own firearms. READ THE REST: https://thegunblog.ca/2018/10/18/pal-application-form-written-as-a-letter-humour/#more-20081