Gun Registry, in Business Report
Quick synopsis is that this was a total waste of time and money that could have put more police on the streets.
Billions wasted on useless firearms control while the RCMP lacks men and equipment:
by Shafer Parker
Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz points out that the registry is essentially useless in protecting police in such situations for many reasons, including the following:
* The government does not require that the 176,000 persons prohibited from owning firearms report any change of address to police.
* Police do not track the 37,000 persons with restraining orders against them, or the 12,000 gun owners who have had their firearms licences refused or revoked.
* The law does not require gun owners to store their registered firearms at their home addresses or tell the government where they are stored.
* The government does not keep track of registered firearms that are loaned between licenced firearms owners.
* As of last August, more than 315,000 handgun owners had failed to re-register more than 600,000 handguns.
* Somewhere between 400,000 and one million gun owners have failed or refused to obtain a firearms licence, meaning their guns remain unregistered.
* According to Statistics Canada firearm import and export records, the government still has more than 10 million guns to register.
* Finally, gun-registration certificates contain too few identifying characteristics, making it almost impossible to verify that any particular gun is registered in the system.
Even worse, a very real possibility exists that over the past 10 years the gun registry's prohibitive costs (including another $97 million budgeted for 2005-06) had depleted RCMP resources to the point that a Roszko-type disaster became inevitable. That no senior officers or emergency-response teams were on the scene at the Mayerthorpe farm was no surprise. Such ranking officers are too few and stretched too thin. Chronic funding shortages have led to a change in RCMP policy in which the force deliberately seeks new recruits with life- and job-related experience who supposedly require less supervision. Rural detachments are particularly hard hit. In 2004, Alberta had the third-lowest proportion of police officers, with 160 per 100,000 residents. Only Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island had a lower ratio.
"The Liberal gun-registry fiasco is much bigger than the Quebec Sponsorship Scandal," Breitkreuz says. "Don't take my word for it. The auditor general has verified that any value Canadians receive in terms of enhanced safety is minuscule compared to the amount of money being spent."
the gun registery makes me sick to my stomach, this is why i refuse to register...if it actually worked i'd support it but it is a complete disaster, what a colossal waste.
Originally Posted by ridenrain
the liberals knew full well it would turn out this way, after all they modeled it upon new zealands failed system, 2 billion (and counting) of your money wasted to buy the votes of mostly women. women whom have been woefully misled about the facts and thusly had thier safety compromised because it has taken vast amounts of resources from real crime prevention. thank you j. chretien and p martin.