EXCERPT #1: Earlier this summer — a summer that has seen Toronto wracked by gun violence — a report came out that suggested lawful Canadian gun owners were to blame for at least some of the violence. The article was originally published by the Canadian Press, and was widely republished elsewhere, including at the CBC, the National Post, a dozen local newspapers, CTV News, and, yes, here at Global News. Since then, it has been widely cited in other news stories covering the issue, including in The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. The report was everywhere. Here’s the problem. Newly released stats show clearly that it was wrong.
EXCERPT #2: This CP article’s central claim has been at the centre of our gun control debate this summer, and has been cited as a secondary source … I don’t even know how many times. But the article’s central claim, of a surge in domestic crime guns, is bad. Inaccurate. Wrong. And that bad, inaccurate and wrong information is now at the core of an important and contentious public policy debate.
By Matt Gurney, Radio Host, 640 Toronto – Global News September 6, 2018 https://globalnews.ca/news/4428617/matt-gurney-toronto-gun-crime-statistics/
Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Mandate Letter (August 28, 2018)
EXCERPT: “You should lead an examination of a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.”
WHAT’S THE HOLD-UP? PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE HAS HAD MORE THAN A YEAR TO PROVIDE BILL C-68 CABINET DOCUMENTS By Dennis R. Young – August 24, 2018
While the Liberal party sees gun control as a possible ‘wedge’ issue, StatsCan simply has no evidence to support their claims By Gary Mauser and Vincent Harinam, National Post- August 17, 2018 – Gary Mauser is professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University. Vincent Harinam is an incoming Ph.D. student at Cambridge University. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/the-liberals-are-playing-dishonest-games-with-stats-to-crack-down-on-legal-gun-owners
NATIONAL POST LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GUN FACTS DISPUTED Re: Illegal guns sourced in Canada are surging, compared to those smuggled from the U.S. – July 24, 2018 The increase reported by police stems from a change in the definition of ‘crime guns,’ not from any verifiable change in where criminals get their guns. By Gary Mauser, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University – July 28, 2018 https://dennisryoung.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Mauser-Letter-National-Post-July-28-2018.pdf
JULY 25, 2018 – BRIAN LILLEY: NO, 50% OF GUNS USED IN CRIME ARE NOT FROM CANADA http://brianlilley.com/no-50-of-guns-used-in-crime-are-not-from-canada/
NOVEMBER 29, 2017 – CALIBRE MAGAZINE: BULK OF CRIME GUNS DOMESTICALLY SOURCED? TRY 33% AT MOST https://calibremag.ca/bulk-of-crime-guns-domestically-sourced-false/
JUNE 23, 2017 – JUSTICE FOR GUN OWNERS: SHOULD “CRIME GUNS” INCLUDE GUNS CONFISCATED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE CRIMES? http://justiceforgunowners.ca/should-crime-guns-include-guns-confiscated-for-administrative-crimes/
JUNE 22, 2017 – CANADA FREE PRESS: CRITIQUE OF CANADA FIREARMS PROGRAM 2014 FIESD ANNUAL REPORT – Most ‘crime guns’ are NOT ‘domestically sourced’ and RCMP Inspector Chris McBryan is wrong to claim they arehttps://canadafreepress.com/article/critique-of-canada-firearms-program-2014-fiesd-annual-report
Number of Guns Confiscated or Surrendered = 114 Total Compensation Paid = $269,060.35
The ‘Occurrence Details’ reports provided were completely useless for informing the public about the extent or amount of the damages caused by the RCMP door-kicking spree in High River. Complete trust in the RCMP to protect homes and private property when responding to declared emergencies cannot be restored until and unless the whole truth is made public about what happened in High River in 2013. Complaint to Information Commissioner – June 29, 2018