Joined: 17 Jun 2006
|Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 1:12 am Post subject: StatsCan will try and collect crime gun source stats
This seems doomed to fail, because (a) not all guns used in crime are recovered and (b) not all guns can be traced. In reality, it's quite a small percentage.
When Toronto tried to do it, it was a joke, because they started including antiques and so on which pre-dated licencing and they also assumed that anything made in the US was a crime gun from the US, because they couldn't work out if it was legally imported or not. And they also included things like airguns and flare pistols.
|Cukier said even without a complete picture of where guns used in crime are coming from, she believes laws like the federal government's ban on assault-style firearms still have to go ahead.
"I've heard a lot of people say, 'There's no point in banning military-assault weapons because we have a problem with gun smuggling,'" she said.
"That's like saying we shouldn't try to treat breast cancer because lung cancer is a big problem. The ban on military-assault weapons is aimed at reducing the risk we will have mass shootings."
Says the person sitting in a country where cannabis was legalised because they couldn't effectively control illegal import and manufacture...
Only three things are certain: death, taxes and stupid gun laws.