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In my article, The Great Canadian-American gun divide, I highlighted the cultural divide over guns between Canada and the U.S., including one prominent Canadian TV host calling Americans “gun crazy.”

However, the divide isn’t so much about the rate of gun ownership; contrary to popular belief, Canada has a high firearms ownership rate.

According to gunpolicy.org:

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 179 countries, Canada ranked at No. 13.

Unlike in the U.S., the gun-grabbers in Canada have been in retreat in the past few years, due to the documented failure of Canada’s long-gun registry, as I documented in my article, Canada’s long-gun registry: a feel-good failure and in my interview, Shot holes in gun control arguments on Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith.

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As a follow-up to my September 13, 2010 article on Canada’s long-gun registry: a feel-good failure, I was interviewed by Dr. Stan Monteith of Radio Liberty on September 22, and shared breaking news of Canada’s parliamentary vote on repealing its failed long-gun registry, which ultimately went down to defeat by only two votes.

There were some great calls, including by one who argued that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution doesn’t protect an individual right to keep and bear arms, despite the Supreme Court of the United States ruling otherwise, twice since 2008. Tune in to see what Dr. Stan and I had to say!

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When Canada’s long-gun registry was introduced in 1995, it was estimated that it would cost $119 million. By 2004, the actual cost was reported to be $2 billion — a 1680% underestimation.

On the September 9, 2010 episode of TVO’s The Agenda, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair made his unsurprising pitch for the registry.

You may remember him as the police chief who despicably misled his fellow citizens into believing they were required to produce identification within five metres of the security perimeter set up for the 2010 G20 summit, in violation of their Charter rights, with the justification that he “was trying to keep the criminals out.”

In his defence of the registry, he said there were an average of 12,000 checks of the registry per day, and he touted a recent resolution by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which came out in support of Canada’s system of gun controls.

However, as the other panelists had a chance to speak, the following rebuttals were made, which were never factually challenged by the police chief.

  • The resolution was in support of Canada’s system of gun controls, not the long-gun registry, specifically.
  • There has been a handgun registry since 1934, and despite that, most gun crimes in Toronto are committed using handguns.
  • Most checks are computer-initiated.
  • 9000 of the 12,000 average daily checks are name checks for licensing, not gun registration.
  • Registered firearms can be legally stored at someone else’s residence, so police can mistakenly approach a residence where the registry says there are no firearms there.
  • Police chiefs of other major metropolitan areas in Canada such as Calgary have called for a repeal of the registry, showing how it’s not simply an urban-rural split.
  • The governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have called for a repeal of the registry.

Despite all that, the usual suspects who excuse government waste and unjustified intrusion into the lives of the overwhelming majority of citizens who are law abiding, continue to get away with it.

That, however, may end this month, with a scheduled vote on a private member’s bill that would repeal the registration of most long-guns.

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