The Myths Surrounding The Gun Registry
Question. Has the murder rate dropped in your area? In Calgary, we are almost double from last year. It would be much higher, but many luckily survive. In Edmonton, I hear they are on par, per capita, with New York City!!
So what has the gun registry actually done? Well, it’s made criminals out of honest people (farmers and hunters). It’s also created jobs for civil servants on the East Coast (for vote purposes of course). And it has taken more of your hard earned dollar in the process. But has it accomplished it’s original purpose?
Let’s play the fact versus fantasy games and you tell me whether you believe you are getting value for your tax dollar, or if this is another rip-off program courtesy of the Liberals.Fantasy:
Gun Registry Reduced Murders by HandgunsReality:
Gun homicides in the last 6 years has risen from 89 to 109. *Fantasy:
Rifle Murders ReducedReality:
45 murders from rifles and sawed-off rifles recorded from 1999-2003 (while rifle murders decreased slightly, sawed-off rifle murders more than doubled!) *
Total lives saved by gun registry (over a 10 year period) - 4 *
Total tax money spent to save 4 lives (over a 10 year period) - $1.5 Billion (less $87 million collected in taxes from gun owners) *Fantasy
: Good value for your tax dollar
Reality: Wasted millions that should have been spent hiring police and border agents. Money from licenses goes into general revenue – not into the gun registry centre in New Brunswick.
* - Sources from Statistics Canada
In 2002, Sheila Fraser's attempts to look into gun registry spending had to be suspended as trying to follow the money flow became impossbile due to inadequate records management (sounds ominously similar to Adscam
). Her latest report, due out in February 2006, I predict, will prove to be 10x's a larger fraud on the public purse than Adscam.
Still think the gun registry is a valuable program?
Still think the Liberal government is the best choice for leading this country?
Now THAT's a crock!