Gun control is kind of a dead issue these days, at least in the US. If the Obama-Pelosi-Reid government wouldn’t dare bring forth a gun control measure, that tells you how discredited the anti-self-defense crowd is. And with Heller in place, we are set up for any legal challenges.
The gun grabbers are not beaten, however. They still want an unarmed America. The price of freedom … is making sure we keep up to date on stories like this:
Despite spending a whopping $2.7 billion on creating and running a long-gun registry, Canadians never reaped any benefits from the project. The legislation to end the program finally passed the Parliament on Wednesday. Even though the country started registering long guns in 1998, the registry never solved a single murder. Instead it has been an enormous waste of police officers’ time, diverting their efforts from patrolling Canadian streets and doing traditional policing activities.
The statistics speak for themselves. From 2003 to 2009, there were 4,257 homicides in Canada, 1,314 of which were committed with firearms. Data provided last fall by the Library of Parliament reveals that the weapon was identified in fewer than a third of the homicides with firearms, and that about three-quarters of the identified weapons were not registered. Of the weapons that were registered, about half were registered to someone other than the person accused of the homicide. In just 62 cases — that is, only 4.7 percent of all firearm homicides — was the gun registered to the accused. As most homicides in Canada are not committed with a gun, the 62 cases correspond to only about 1 percent of all homicides.
Even in those 62 cases, Canadian authorities concluded the registry made no difference. Traditional police work and straight-forward confessions solved most of those. To put it simply, if you find a guy standing over the body of his wife’s boyfriend with a smoking baretta, the registration on the gun is unlikely to have been the case-cracker.
And Lott emphasizes something that needs to be tattooed on the ass of every big-government liberal: this registry came with a cost — $160 million a year, enough to hire 2000 cops or 2000 teachers. And I would be willing to bet that a couple of thousand of either would have done more good than his waste.