Crimes involving guns cost Canadians more than $3 billion a year, suggests an internal Justice Department study that may stoke the gun-control debate.
The newly released report examined all firearm-related crime in 2008, and calculated costs across a broad range, including the value of policing and prosecuting offenders, lost income and even burial fees for victims.
The total came to $3.1 billion, or about $93 for every person in the country, says the study, completed last year by two federal researchers.
What makes this propaganda and a -lie- is two things. First, this is an estimate.
The largest part of the total, about $2.5 billion, arose from so-called "intangible" victim costs, such as amounts assigned to pain, suffering and loss of life.
Just to be clear, most of this number is conjured out of thin air by assigning a dollar value to things that don't actually involve money. Shall we say considerable room for interpretation?
Second, and of far more import, is that this is only half the story. Even granting their cost number for argument's sake, what benefits do guns bring to Canadians every year?
Ledgers have two sides. Costs and profits. You NEVER hear anything about the profit to Canada from civilian gun ownership. You never hear about the economic activity surrounding hunting and shooting sport. You never hear about the crimes prevented by guns. You never hear about the dangerous animal attacks prevented by guns. City dwellers think stuff like that never happens, but this is Canada. We have bears. They EAT people sometimes. Usually they don't eat people who have a gun on them though.
So yeah, CBC = propaganda. Close the CBC now.
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