CPC Stands Firm On Gun Registry

According to a report by CTVNews the Conservatives have no intention of changing their minds with respect to scrapping the bloated and ineffective gun registry.
Canada's new minister of public safety says the government has no plans to back off on its intention to scrap the controversial long gun registry.

"We're not backing away at all," Day said on Sunday. "We're moving ahead on this. It was an election promise. It's something we've been talking about for years."

Day said the total registry costs could be approaching $2 billion, while the registry has not had a positive impact on gun crime.

"It has not reduced gun crime," he said. "As a matter of fact, homicide rates in the last two years have gone up in Canada. And we have committed to scrapping it."
The gun registry has done nothing to deter crime. It's another example of legislation that appeals to the emotions of people but does little else. Of course not everyone sees it that way.
However, Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control, said the registry has helped improve public safety.

"It's true that rifles and shotguns aren't used today as frequently as handguns in murders, but that was not the case 15 years ago," she told CTV.ca. "And one of the reasons why murders with rifles and shotguns have declined so precipitously is because of the stronger controls on them."
What controls? The FAC? The process of obtaining an FAC 15 years ago was as simple as getting a replacement driver license for the one you lost. It was no big deal. I got mine when I was an 18-yr-old after filling out a silly application like I was applying for house insurance or something. After a short wait it arrived. Presto. The FAC has had absolutely nothing to do with the murder rate involving long guns.

As a former collector I would have had no problem with being directed to take safety courses, purchase proper storage facilities or even pay higher insurance premiums but to outright ban firearms is only a knee jerk reaction which accomplishes nothing.

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