Today's pack of lies, headlined "Firearms database popular with police" :
New quarterly figures posted on the RCMP's website reveal not just increased police use of the controversial firearms registry, but increased civilian use as well, meaning more guns in the hands of Canadians are being legally registered.
So the Star's message is the cops LOVE the registry, it provides valuable info that they access all the time, and more people are registering their guns because the number registered keeps going up.
Lie one, cops don't love the registry. Cops -ignore- the registry because it contains zero useful information. Unless they are checking to see if a specific person has a license or that a specific gun is registered, the registry tells them nothing they can use.
Lie two, cops are checking the registry more. The registry gets checked with every police database inquiry. If they run your plate for a parking ticket, the registry gets checked. Its automatic.
Lie three, "more guns in the hands of Canadians are being legally registered." Implying people are all happy about it and getting on board. New purchases get registered because they have to, and that is what the number indicates. New purchases. Possibly more people are buying guns? Gee, ya think?
The best part is where they go after the Conservatives.
MP Dave MacKenzie, parliamentary secretary to Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan, quietly tabled the 2008 report in the Commons, and left without taking questions from reporters. A largely positive review of the gun-control program, the 2008 report was not released prior to a Commons vote Wednesday that now puts the long-gun registry's future in doubt.
Cheater, he's lyin' too! Well, but except he's not. They even say so:
Van Loan justified withholding the 2008 report until now, saying it contained "no new information," and accused staff of the national database of failing to provide relevant statistics in an attempt "to justify the existence" of the registry.
The minister, who was unavailable after the report's release, claimed that although police use of the registry has increased, "only 2.4 per cent" of police queries to the database were related to long-gun registration or serial numbers.
Of the more than 10,000 daily queries, the average number directly related to the guns registered – the serial number or registration certificate – was 296 or 2.7 per cent. But that number is not broken down to long guns versus other firearms.
Yeah, 9,700 traffic tickets and 300 actual questions about an actual gun. But you know, its STILL A LIE, because the implication is these are police inquiries about criminal matters. No, they aren't. Most of them are POLICE INVENTORY CHECKS. Also museums, stores buying and selling between themselves and to customers, and etc. The registry is lucky if it gets one inquiry a day about a gun used in an actual crime.
And is anything worthwhile learned? NO! They learn who owned it before it got stolen, not who used it in a crime.
But all that aside. Since when do we arrange public policy to keep the RCMP happy? Is this a police state where the cops call the tune and we all dance?
The Star thinks it should be, and so does the Liberal Party of Canada. Me, I don't think so.