Simplistic thinking

The Canadian kook Cukier is blabbering away again:

REGINA (CP) – The shooting deaths of two RCMP officers in northern Saskatchewan and other crimes like it in recent years show the need to maintain the federal registry for long-barrelled firearms, gun control advocates say.

The deaths of constables Robin Cameron, 29, and Marc Bourdages, 26, have tugged at the heartstrings of people across the country and plunged the tiny farming community of Spiritwood, Sask., into a state of grief.

Police say the two young officers died after being shot by a man who fled the scene armed with either a hunting rifle or a shotgun on the night of July 7.

Wendy Cukier, a professor of justice studies at Ryerson University and president of the Toronto-based Coalition for Gun Control, says it doesn’t make any sense to dismantle the long-gun registry.

Just how does the registry prevent or help solve this crime? Was the criminal so stupid he left the gun, registered in his name or someone that could connect to him, at the crime scene? Nope. The kooks thinking is that of a simpleton.

But Cukier says registration is a tool that allows police to trace a firearm back to its original owner.

It’s a good way to prevent someone who shouldn’t have a gun from buying one legally and it forces legal gun owners to be accountable by making sure their weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands, she argued.

It can also serve as an early warning tool for officers, letting them know that a routine situation could turn dangerous because guns may be involved.

“No system is perfect, but it reduces the chances that people will be killed,” Cukier said. “The system, however imperfect it might be, is better than nothing at all.”

How does a gun registry prevent stolen guns or smuggled guns (think recreational drug smuggling) from ending up in the hands of anyone that wants one? And no it is not “better than nothing at all”. It took between one and two billion dollars (Canadian) to implement the registry which could have been spent on police personnel and equipment.

I have Just One Question for Ms. Cukier.

Update: I realize I should have explained things just a bit better. Cukier claims this crime shows the need to maintain the registry but the registry wasn’t a factor in solving this crime. And furthermore the last time I had an update on the topic since Canada started registering handguns decades ago there has only been one crime that the registry did help solve.