The gun controls implemented by the federal Liberal government in 1995 appear to have had little if any effect on gun-related deaths, despite a $1.3-billion price tag and the government’s extravagant claims that the measures would produce “a culture of safety” and dramatically reduce crime.
Last fall, Statistics Canada declared that “the specific impact of the firearms program or the firearms registry” on Canada’s declining homicide rate could not “be isolated from that of other factors.” On Tuesday, following the release of her paper, Deaths Involving Firearms: 1979 to 2002, StatsCan researcher Kathryn Wilkins explained, “there have been gun-control laws for most of this last century, of one sort or another,” so it is difficult to identify a single cause of Canada’s shrinking rate of firearms deaths (a category that includes murders, suicides and accidents).
We can understand Statistics Canada’s reluctance to come right out and pronounce Ottawa’s gun controls to be irrelevant: They’re statisticians. But taxpayers and laymen are not similarly constrained.
They have spent over a billion dollars to try and answer just one question. Their answer is “No.” And my response is “Nice try, you lose–in so many ways”.