TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian Senator Don Plett, a leading defender of hunters, farmers and sport shooters, published the following facts and statistics about firearms and crime on Jan. 4 on his website, DonPlett.ca. The article is reprinted here with permission.
About Senator Plett
Plett delivered a devastating critique of Bill C-71, the government’s planned law against lawful gun owners. He is a former president of the Conservative Party of Canada and “remains the longest-serving president of a conservative party in Canadian history,” his website says. The Manitoban has served as president of the chamber of commerce, and has played and coached hockey, basketball and golf. He was named to the Senate in August 2009 under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
— Senator Don Plett (@DonPlett) January 4, 2019
By Senator Don Plett
Reprinted from DonPlett.ca with permission.
The debate over the regulation of firearms in Canada is often influenced more by emotion than by facts. Since good public policy should be based on solid evidence, following are a few facts for consideration:
1. Violent crime is decreasing in Canada.
2. Canada’s homicide rate is trending downward.
3. The use of firearms in homicides is trending downward.
4. Knives are used more often than guns in homicides.
5. Guns are rarely used in the commission of violent crimes in Canada.
6. Increased gang activity has substantially contributed to the homicide rate in recent years.
7. One in four homicide victims in 2016 had links to organized crime or a street gang.
8. Most gun crimes are not committed with legally-owned firearms.
According to the federal government, “The vast majority of owners of handguns and of other firearms in Canada lawfully abide by requirements, and most gun crimes are not committed with legally-owned firearms.”
9. Handguns have been registered in Canada since 1934.
10. The number of people being charged for breaking the Firearms Act is minuscule.
11. Banning handguns or introducing more firearm regulations does not reduce gun violence.
12. There is no association between an increase in gun ownership and the homicide rate.
13. There is no correlation between levels of gun ownership and suicide rates.
14. Background checks under the Firearms Act have had no impact on homicide or spousal homicide rates.