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From TORONTO STAR – MARCH 14, 2010 LETTERS: A long gun claimed life of OPP officer, Column, March 12

Posted by cgccanada on March 15, 2010

TO RESPOND : lettertoed@thestar.com

The tragic death of OPP officer Vu Pham shows we need more gun control not less. MPs will soon vote on scrapping the gun registry because of “costs.” The start-up costs were expensive, but upkeep is cheap and saves lives. Deaths from gun use in domestic violence and suicides are way down since the introduction of the registry. What price do MPs place on human life? Bill Chadwick, Newmarket

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From thestar.com: A long gun claimed life of OPP officer

Posted by cgccanada on March 12, 2010

On the day OPP Constable Vu Pham was shot by a rifle-toting gunman, Conservative MPs were deflecting questions from the opposition about their bill to kill the long-gun registry.

On the day Pham’s wife and children lost a devoted husband and father, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told the House of Commons that the rifle registry is “waste of Canadian taxpayer money.”

On the day Pham was killed while responding to a “domestic” call, Helena Guergis, Minister of State for the Status of Women, rose up in Parliament to boast of the government’s “leadership on domestic violence.”

Two days later, the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of the powerful gun lobby, would tell his members in an online piece titled “Standing Guard,” that Canada’s abolishing the gun registry is “proof that freedom will ultimately win out.”

On that same day, Candice Hoeppner, the Manitoba Conservative MP who last May introduced the bill to kill the registry, would write, in an opinion piece published by the London Free Press, “The long-gun registry is a massive Liberal policy failure and it needs to end. It makes no sense to force law-abiding individuals with firearms licences to register their long-guns. It makes no sense to believe the registry will prevent a gun crime from taking place.”

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Guns in the News: Police put at risk by decline in gun-license renewals

Posted by cgccanada on July 9, 2009

Updated Sat. Jun. 27 2009 1:43 PM ET
The Canadian Press CTV.ca

OTTAWA — The number of firearm owners who fail to renew their gun licences has steadily increased since the Harper government tabled legislation to scrap the federal long-gun registry. Opposition critics and the Coalition for Gun Control in Canada say the problem has increased risk for frontline police officers and undermines public safety.
Despite an amnesty the Conservatives introduced to coax gun owners into licence renewals, the latest
RCMP figures show the opposite occurred. The rate of non-renewals climbed to 25.3 per cent of expired licences in the first three months of this year, compared with 14.1 per cent in 2005.
Cabinet began the amnesty in 2006 and extended it for another year last month, waiving licence fees and providing protection from liability under the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code for those who take steps to comply with the law. But the government’s mixed message over the last three years — bringing in the amnesty along with legislation to dismantle the registry — has confused gun owners and is eroding the integrity of the program, critics say.
“The real issue is that there is a dramatic inconsistency between what the government has filed, in terms
of its rationale for the amnesty, and its political statements on the program,” says Wendy Cukier, head of
the Coalition for Gun Control.  A little-noticed RCMP report for 2007 on the Canada Firearms Centre contains positive information about the registry and its use by police that could surprise even diehard opponents.
The report includes a groundbreaking RCMP survey that found general duty police officers use the online
version of the registry at a high rate to check for potential weapons while responding to trouble calls.
On average, 73 per cent of the officers said they log on to check for the presence of firearms en route.
The rate was even higher for officers trained to use the online registry — 81 per cent of that group use it on
calls… read more

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The Gun Lobby Spares No Expense

Posted by cgccanada on June 4, 2009

The Gun Lobbyists are working hard to influence the outcome of the bills which challenge gun control in Canada.  This ad was recently posted in the Hill times in an effort to sway the votes of MPs.

An advertisment that the Gun Lobby recently posted in the Hill Times

An advertisment that the Gun Lobby recently posted in the Hill Times

In the Coalition for Gun Control blog, and on our website, we’ve repeatedly challenged the claims made in this ad, but maybe we can all do more.  Anti-gun control lobbyists are spending time and money getting their message out. We can get our message out too.  What can you do?  Support the CGC here, Write your MP and let them know you support the gun registry.  Follow us on Twitter in English and French, and start blogging on your own website or twitter page about this issue.  Link back to us, and link to other supporters.  Together we can let our government know we support gun control.

The Gun Lobby Does NOT Speak for Me:

“The long- gun registry does not make Canadians any safer”

FACTS: Firearms death, injury and crime have decreased since the controls were introduced. Police use it almost 10,000 times a day.

“Criminals do not register their guns”

FACTS: Legal guns are often diverted to criminal markets through theft and illegal sales. Controls over legal guns help stem the flow of guns to criminals.

“Guns don’t kill, people kill”

FACTS: People with guns kill more efficiently. Where there are more guns there are more deaths.

“’Duck guns’ are not a problem, just handguns”

FACTS:  Rifles and shotguns kill just as dead as handguns. These are the guns most used in domestic violence and to kill police officers. The gun used to kill 14 young women at Polytechnique is still sold as an unrestricted hunting rifle.

“Guns are only a problem in big cities”

FACTS:  The rates of gun death are higher in rural areas and the west where there are more guns. Domestic violence and youth suicide are particular problems. Police officers are more likely to be murdered with guns in smaller communities than big cities.

“The law “punishes” law abiding gun owners”
FACTS: There is a human cost to gun violence and survivors feel the “punishment” every day. Licensing gun owners and registering guns does not prevent them from being used for lawful purposes.

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The Conservative Party’s Talking Points Leaked

Posted by cgccanada on May 21, 2009

From Wikileaks:

Canadian Conservative Party May stump speach and talking points for backbenchers. The document contains a number of current issues of interest to Canadians.

Our source states: “Just when you thought you elected a real politician, the central office of Stephen Harper comes in to tell your representative what to do. Just like was done when the Harper crew went after Mulroney, no questions are allowed.”

Check it out here

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Ottawa extends long-gun amnesty for another year

Posted by cgccanada on May 21, 2009

The Canadian Press

May 15, 2009 at 1:28 PM EDT

Globe and Mail

WINNIPEG — The federal government has once again extended its amnesty for long-gun owners who haven’t registered their firearms. Treasury Board President Vic Toews says it’s still the government’s intention to kill the registry for long-gunowners — something opposition parties would have to agree to in the minority Parliament.But for now the government is giving people another year to sign up their unregistered, non-restrictedfirearms. It’s also waiving fees for licence renewals and upgrades for another year.

“We are preventing the pointless criminalization of non-restricted gun owners, who are working to come into compliance with our firearms laws,” Mr. Toews said in a statement.“Make no mistake. This amnesty actually serves to enhance public safety. When previously extended, theamnesty encouraged an increase of gun owners registering as licensed firearms owners, as did the othermeasures we are renewing today.”The amnesty was first introduced in 2006 and was extended in 2008.Mr. Toews calls the registry a waste of money that penalizes law-abiding citizens, but its supporters say ithelps police crack down on crime.

“Our effort to combat criminal gun crimes remains strong,” said the minister.“We have introduced mandatory prison sentences for those who commit gun crimes and tougher bail rules for serious weapon-related offences.”Efforts by the minority Conservative government to kill the long-gun registry appear to be stalled.
Despite introducing an unusual Senate bill to great fanfare, officials have acknowledged there’s no timetable
for a vote on Bill S-5 in the Liberal-dominated upper chamber.Liberals have claimed the whole point of the exercise was political posturing rather than serious legislative change.

The Canadian Police Association, representing front-line police officers, has said the bill will compromise public safety.Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has said Liberals will not support either bill, which virtually guarantees they’ll never be enacted. Tories have long contended that the registry is a waste of taxpayers’ money and does nothing to combat crime. But in a recent letter to Mr. Ignatieff, police association president Charles Momy said officers used theregistry an average of 9,400 times a day last year. Among other things, he said, the registry is helpful in alerting officers to the likely presence of guns when responding to domestic violence calls or other volatile situations. He says the registry also “discourages casual gun ownership,” prompting people to get rid of unused or unwanted firearms. And it encourages those who do own guns to abide by safe storage laws and report thefts.

Critics of the registry have characterized it as penalizing law-abiding long-gun owners, primarily hunters and
rural residents. But Mr. Momy noted that of 15 police officers fatally shot in Canada during the last decade, 13 were killed with rifles or shotguns. Moreover, he said, long guns are used two times more frequently than handguns in spousal homicides and five times more in suicides. Being able to identify ownership of firearms can be crucial in investigating and prosecuting suspects, he said. For instance, Mr. Momy said a registered rifle found at the scene of the 2005 murder of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, Alta., was part of the evidence that ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of two men for manslaughter.

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Le gouvernement fédéral a, une fois de plus, prolongé la période d’amnistie accordée aux propriétaires d’armes d’épaule qui n’ont toujours pas enregistré leur arme au registre national.

Le président du Conseil du trésor, Vic Toews, a rappelé vendredi que le gouvernement conservateur souhaite toujours abolir le registre pour les détenteurs d’armes d’épaule -une mesure que devraient cependant appuyer les partis d’opposition au sein du Parlement minoritaire.

En attendant, le gouvernement a choisi de prolonger d’un an, jusqu’au 16 mai 2010, la période d’amnistie afin de permettre aux particuliers qui sont en possession d’armes à feu sans restriction non enregistrées de prendre les mesures nécessaires pour se conformer à la loi.

Cette amnistie avait été accordée en 2006 et prolongée en 2008.

Le gouvernement a également annoncé une prolongation d’un an de la dispense des
droits à payer pour le renouvellement et le reclassement des permis d’armes à feu.
Enfin, les titulaires de permis de possession simple pourront présenter, au cours de
l’année, une nouvelle demande de permis.

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