QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FIREARM ENGAGEMENT PAPER: “REDUCING VIOLENT CRIME: A DIALOGUE ON HANDGUNS AND ASSAULT WEAPONS” By Daniel Balofsky – February 3, 2019
PUBLIC SAFETY CONSULTATIONS: BANNING HANDGUNS AND ASSAULT WEAPONS – Access to Information Act request By Dennis R. Young – February 1, 2019 https://dennisryoung.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ATI-233-Public-Safety-Consultations-on-Banning-Handguns-Feb-1-2019.pdf
GUN OWNERS FIRE BACK AT MINISTER BLAIR DURING CONSULTATION IN CALGARY
Participants made the most of the 60-minutes available to them, discussing the effects a handgun ban would have on information privacy, civil liberties, manufacturing, and business investment. The message was clear: this is viewed as yet another legislative tool to punish responsible and law-abiding gun owners. The Minister heard loud and clear opposition to Justin Trudeau’s methodology for reducing violent crime. Stephanie herself questioned whether the outcome of the consultation will ultimately reflect the views expressed by the stakeholders consulted. Minister Blair, when pressed, agreed to accept additional submissions in writing to his office, to be coordinated by Stephanie. Grateful for the opportunity to attend, yet undoubtedly dissatisfied by the Minister’s responses, attendees left the meeting without any assurances. By Calgary Midnapore MP Stephanie Kusie – February 8, 2019 http://stephaniekusiemp.ca/2019/02/08/gun-owners-fire-back-at-minister-blair-during-consultation-in-calgary/
OPEN LETTER #4 TO SENATORS: EVIDENCE LACKING ON HIGH, MEDIUM AND LOW PRIORITY GUN CONTROL TARGETS
Why are 443,043 convicted criminals prohibited from owning firearms by the courts allowed to roam Canada free of any of the government’s gun control programs? On November 24, 2004, Firearms Commissioner Bill Baker testified before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights: “On the change of address, if someone is prohibited from having a firearm in the country they are no longer effectively covered by the Firearms Act.” Maybe it’s time they should. By Dennis R. Young – February 5, 2019
SUMMARY OF REPORTED FIREARMS PROGRAM SPENDING 1995 TO 2017
Highest Spending Amounts Reported = $1.79 Billion – Lowest Spending Amounts Reported = $1.60 Billion
PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA BACKGROUNDER: Costs and Crime Statistics
QUESTIONS GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ANSWER
A CANADIAN APPROACH TO PUBLIC SAFETY (HUMOUR) TheGunBlog.ca – January 31, 2019 — Following is an imaginary conversation based on real laws for Canada’s 2.2 million men and women hunters, farmers and sport shooters with police authorizations to own guns.
Albert: If we want to improve public safety, what if we tracked the people who threaten it? We know a lot of them, but we won’t touch them.
Billy: Are you some un-Canadian unhinged authoritarian fascist Nazi-Communist alt-scumbag threat to democracy? We don’t treat people like that here. We respect their rights and freedoms, their privacy, their culture and way of life. We respect principles of law and justice like fair treatment, due process and innocent until proven guilty. What you suggest is immoral, unconstitutional and illegal.
Here’s what we do instead: https://thegunblog.ca/2019/01/31/a-canadian-approach-to-public-safety-humour/
RCMP FIREARMS PROGRAM SPENDING & STAFFING 2016/2017: $53.7 MILLION AND 451 FULL TIME EQUIVALENTS (FTE) – RCMP ATIP Response dated January 23, 2018 – Requested Dec 8, 2017 – Received January 29, 2019
DECEMBER 5, 2018 – 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. https://dennisryoung.ca/2018/12/05/evidence-based-firearms-statistics-desparately-needed
RCMP ATIP Response dated January 16, 2019 – Received by Dennis R. Young January 22, 2019 ATT Statistics by Province, 2008 to 2017
- Total ATTs issued for Canada 2008 to 2017 = 992,139
- Total ATTs Refused = 17
- Total ATTs Revoked = 471
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/
RCMP response to Access to Information Act Request dated January 11, 2019 – Received January 18, 2019 – Important statistics about firearms license holders who are ‘involved in an event involving violence or other offences’ are not tracked.
- No Statistics on the average time it took to initiate an investigation of a FIP event;
- No Statistics on the average time it took to complete the investigation of a FIP event;
- No Statistics on the number of FIP events that resulted in firearms being removed from possession of the licensed gun owner; and
- No Statistics on the average time it took from reporting of the FIP event to the firearms being removed from the possession of the licensed gun owner.
EXCERPT – CONTINUOUS ELIGIBILITY SCREENING OF FIREARMS LICENCE HOLDERS: “The Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) contains current and historical firearms licence holder data. If a licence holder is involved in an event involving violence (or other offences specified in Section 5 of the Firearms Act), it is reported in CPIC via a Firearms Interest Police (FIP) event and sent to the relevant CFO for review. Licence holders are regularly screened to assess their continuous eligibility to remain licensed. There were 29,487 FIP events in 2016 that were matched to a person with a firearms licence. (Table 8).” http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/2016-commissioner-firearms-report
NOTE: The number of FIP Events in 2017 were not reported in the RCMP Commissioner’s 2017 Report to Parliament http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/2017-commissioner-firearms-report