This is just a letter to the editor and in general these are extremely unreliable sources of information. But if true it explains something that has bugged me for a while, “Why are there so many accesses to the Canadian gun registry?”
Every time a car’s licence plate is checked to see if it is a stolen car, or a driver’s licence is checked to see if it is suspended, a “hit” on the gun registry gets recorded. We see thousands of those each day, so what? None of them have anything to do with keeping guns away from criminals, which should be the primary role of any gun-control initiative. Not even its most adamant supporters claim that the gun registry does that.
The writer goes on to nail the real reason for the registry–it makes some people feel good:
It was an interesting idea which didn’t pan out; it’s now an extremely expensive pink elephant that people cling to because it gives them a warm fuzzy feeling. One thousand more police officers with state-of-the-art equipment will do a lot more to combat gang violence in Toronto than some inaccurate and error-filled list of who owns which duck hunting guns.
Elena Markina, Thornhill