Thursday, September 02, 2010

RCMP Report: Long-gun Registry Is Needed

The newly released RCMP report on the long-gun registry strongly claims the program is necessary for keeping police officers and the public safe. The report only adds to the already substantial amount of evidence and support for keeping the registry.

The CBC, in the video below, presents details about the RCMP report, the most revealing being that a vast majority of police officers are in favour of it and that there has been a reduction in long-gun homicides since the registry's creation.

Excerpts of the RCMP report include:

"81% of trained police officers agreed registry is beneficial"

"Homicides by long guns are down 10% since 1995 (when the long gun registry began)."
In addition to this RCMP report, strong support for the registry is also coming from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Police Association, and the Canadian Association of Police Boards. It's clear the long-gun registry is needed and wanted by the police.

Though last week there was some discussion of an online poll conducted by Blue Line Magazine which showed 92% of approximately 2,600 police officers in favour of scrapping the registry, the poll is erroneous and deceptive. The poll was conducted on an online forum where anyone, including regular civilians (I just became a forum member), could vote and they could do so multiple times with different log-in names. The RCMP report that identified 81% of police officers were in favour of the registry on the other hand was done with the help of independent investigators and done scientifically.

Again, with all the different police organizations supporting the registry and this RCMP report with actual evidence to support it as well (evidence that is corraberated in this 2010 Quebec Public Health brief, which strongly asserts a correlation between the long-gun registry and the reduction of long-gun deaths), it is abundantly clear the long-gun registry is beneficial in protecting police officers and the public, and therefore should be kept.

It should be noted that there are other important organizations in favour of the long gun registry; these include the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, the Canadian Association for Adolescent Health, the Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, the Trauma Association of Canada, and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.


ridenrain said...

..And more tazers..pepper spray, wiretaps and Vibram sole shoes, just like those G20 protesters wear. said...

Sure,... a database of deadly weapons is the same as tazers, pepper spray, and wiretaps. That makes sense, why didn't I think of that? I must not be as logical or intelligent as you Ridenrain. Please continue to drop those smart bombs riden.

ridenrain said...

"I came to Ottawa in November with the firm belief that the only people in this country who should have guns are police officers and soldiers" -- Alan Rock, "Taking
Aim on Guns" Maclean's, April 25, 1994, pg.12
Alan Rock

$2 billion dollars later, only half the long guns in Canada are in a system that is vulnerable to hacking and full of errors. How many more billion is it going to take to work out?
Meanwhile, almost every shooting in our urban centers is done with illegal handguns that were never registered in Canada.

Drop the ideology and kill this boondoggle. said...

Ridenrain the Long gun registry costs only between $1 to $3.6 million a year.

It has never been hacked and is just as safe as any government database with social security numbers and other private data.

Yes it initially there was a boondoggle, but that $2 billion is a sunken cost now and by any economist or accountant's own admission a sunken cost should not influence the viability of any project or program because either way it is gone.

If people are upset about the $2 billion waste then punish the Liberals, don't punish a good policy that is supported by all major police organizations including the RCMP as well as doctors and nurses.

ridenrain said...

It cost $2 billion to register only half of Canada's long arms. Looking at Rock and assorted other Liberals very public calls for bans, do you think that the remainder of Canadian gun owners will comply? Why should they when it's been proven to be nothing but a vehicle for confescation of legally purchased property. I can see it costing more and more money and police resources to register/confiscate less and less firearms, from law abiding citizens that the government has made into criminals.
Liberals need to drop the ideological rhetoric and see that keeping a bad election promise to Toronto is costing them the rest of the country. said...

Ridenrain the RCMP, 81% of RCMP officers, every police chief, the Canadian Police Association, Doctors, Nurses among many other groups disagree with you. They all want the gun registry.

The gun registry is cost effective and at only 3.6 million a year it's annual operating budget is pretty cheap.

You can make up whatever you want, but the gun registry is a necessary tool for fighting crime and it's cost-effective, that's not me saying that, that's the RCMP and other law enforcement agencies.