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"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.
"Homicides by long guns are down 10% since 1995 (when the long gun registry began)."
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.