Keepitsimple Posted November 6, 2009 Report Share Posted November 6, 2009 (edited) Sorry for another thread on the subject but this adds some important information to the discussion. Finally we're getting some information that gets to the crux of exactly how much value the Long Gun Registry provides. I was aware that the registry was designed in a fashion where it is a "front end" to any other gun information like the names of people who actually have licenses - which as many people have stated - is the most important piece of information a policeman should have. If they've got a license, they've probably got a gun. In other words, to get ANY of this information, one has to make a query through the Long Gun Registration system. My question has always been - how often do police access the system to actually find out about Long Guns? Well....here's a quote from Peter Van Loan. You may choose to argue with his numbers to some degree but it certainly portrays an order of magnitude that puts things in perspective......and it's not surprising that getting this information is like pulling teeth - the hundreds of people who are responsible for maiantaining the Long Gun Registry are in fear of losing their jobs: The minister went on the offensive with his own statistics, posted on the RCMP website, which show that only 2.4 per cent of the 10,000 daily police hits to the registry in 2008-2009 were queries about the registration or serial numbers of firearms.The overwhelming majority of queries was for the names of gun owners — which Van Loan said will still be accessible if the long-gun registry is abolished because the requirement for owners to be licensed will remain intact. "What you will see tomorrow in this report by the national firearms centre to justify the existence, is that the statistic I just gave you is not included," Van Loan told reporters on Parliament Hill. "Whoever put it together didn't put in the information that only 2.4 per cent of those 3.5 million queries were actually related to information about a long-gun registration number or the serial number of a gun." Link: http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Loan+criticizes+Mountie+report+registry/2189658/story.html Edited November 6, 2009 by Keepitsimple Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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