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POLICE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE GUN REGISTRY
By Garry Breitkreuz, MP – Updated: May 15, 2006
A.B.J. (BEN) BEATTY: 23-YEAR VETERAN OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE:
In June of 2006 I will be commencing my 24th year as a member of the
Ontario Provincial Police. For 18 of those years I have been assigned
the rank of Detective, specifically assigned to major criminal investigations.
I must point out that in all my experience as a police officer I have
only investigated one homicide were a firearm was the weapon used in the
slaying. In contrast, the majority of murders that I have been involved
in as an investigator, a knives were preferred and two separate occasions
a hammer was the weapon of choice. I have however been
involved in the investigation of countless offences such as robbery, where
handguns were the weapon of choice and I must point out Sir, that the
firearms registry did not assist in solving one, nor obviously in deterring
one. The reasons that the firearms registry is so highly ineffectual are,
I believe obvious, but basically it affects the wrong people, law abiding
citizens and not criminals. [READ MORE] http://www.garrybreitkreuz.com/publications/2006_new/54.htm
SOURCE: Letter to all MPs dated April 5, 2006
LEN GRINNELL, RETIRED RCMP STAFF-SARGEANT:
As you have
already responded to the position of the Canadian Association of Chiefs
of Police (CACP) in this regard, I offer my wholehearted agreement.
As a retired member of the RCMP, who supervised police officers in Canada's
largest Detachments, I have grave concerns about the reliance on the registry
for data which could result in death or injury of a police officer.
Accepting the premise that criminals will not register guns, one has
to wonder how that would affect approaching a residence or premises that
had been checked with the registry and found "no firearms present"?
In the case of a "hit" that indicates the residence in question
is owned by a lawful firearms owner, what approach would the police take.
My experience has told me that the greatest hazard to police officers
is complacence and I found it prudent to continually remind my staff of
that fact. Relying on a flawed system for officer safety will eventually
lead to a tragedy. It is unfortunate that the CACP did not take the time
to consider the consequences of their position and the safety of the men
and women they represent.
SOURCE: E-Mail to Garry Breitkreuz, MP dated February
GILBERT YARD, RETIRED RCMP SUPERINTENDENT:
I am appalled at just
how much has been spent to date on the firearms registration process.
But perhaps even more disturbing is the misplaced focus on legal firearms.
Like many reasonable Canadians,
I support programs that address the structural and social situations that
give rise to crime. Our first objective should be to promote law-abiding,
non-destructive behaviour in as many members of society as possible. There
comes a point, however, where punishment and protection of the public
must be the focus. In these cases, illegal acts and violent behaviour
should be treated with appropriate penalties. From reading my views on
gun control and firearms legislation, I suspect that many might feel that
I am a "gun nut" with pro-American feelings regarding gun possession.
This is just not so. Growing up, my family had limited contact with firearms
but we were raised to believe that a gun was a serious tool to be used
in appropriate circumstances only. I can understand people who emotionally
react to guns as all bad but I am convinced that such emotion can mask
the true problem of illegal gun possession and/or usage. During
my 37 years of policing I carried a handgun as a tool of my profession.
I was also exposed to a wide cross-section of collectors and target shooters
who used, stored and transported their weapons in a legal and responsible
manner. They are not the problem. The misdirection of time, effort and
funding is unforgivable. I believe that Canadians are much too astute
to believe that either Bill C-68 or the proposed handgun legislation is
anything other than a waste of time, effort and money. Wasting public
funds that could really make a difference in acute justice issues, in
my view, borders on criminal activity.
SOURCE: THE NORTH SHORE NEWS, “Gun legislation an election
issue” published January 11, 2006
ERIC W. FERGUSON, Retired Chief of Police and RCMP Officer:
I was 75 years of age on Dec. 31, 2005. Part of my life's story
was serving 24 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and four years
as Police Chief for the City of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. For
the past six or seven years I have stood by and watched the Liberal Government
of Canada mishandle gun control and in the process not save one life,
but encouraging criminals to commit more offences and yes, help to turn
good honest Canadians into criminals. Now Prime Minister your
plan to banish all handguns is real "dumb". Sir, have you not
figured out yet, that criminals do not register their guns, not now or
in the future? Your political plan will not save one life!
SOURCE: Moncton Times and Transcript Letter: “Prime
Minister had his chance and failed”, Page D8, January 4, 2006
DENIS COTE, PRESIDENT OF THE QUEBEC MUNICIPAL POLICE FEDERATION:
A female police officer, gunned down with a weapon powerful enough
to kill an elephant while answering a noise complaint, had previously
helped arrest her alleged killer for harassing another policewoman. FranAois
Pepin was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the death of Const.
Valerie Gignac and possessing a firearm. Pepin was also charged with breaking
a 1999 probation condition by having a gun outside hunting season. Laval
police, reeling from Wednesday's death of their colleague, were blunt
in their assessment that the justice system let them down. "How
come if you have a ban, you're not allowed to possess a firearm for 10
years, how come you can allow it for the hunting season?" asked Denis
Cote, president of the Quebec municipal police federation. "If you're
a threat for everybody, make sure you're a threat for all 12 months in
SOURCE: New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, “Officer
killed with rifle that could fell an elephant” Page A5, December
LEO TONEGUZZI, RETIRED CHIEF OF POLICE:
WHEN WILL politicians
quit abusing law-abiding members of our society for personal gain? Guns
do not kill people. People kill people. Whether it is a gun, knife, baseball
bat or other weapon it is merely the means to gain the end result. Mr.
Martin, your government promised that the foolhardy gun registration laws
you initiated would end the high amount of violence throughout Canada.
That plan failed and now to get votes in the greater G.T.A. area you propose
an entire ban on all handguns. Did the government ever take a
good look at why the violence is occurring? What has the justice system
done for us? (Add up the number of years spent in jail by these offenders
in the past 10 years for the serious crimes they committed.) Have you
tracked the parole boards' decisions? (How many re-offenders have committed
serious crimes while on parole?) Who are committing these violent crimes?
Is there a common link to drugs? Why can criminals readily obtain hand
guns brought in from the U.S.A.? Who are the persons committing all these
violent crimes in Toronto? Is there a common link to any specific people
and has anyone tried to improve society of these persons, or addressed
their problems? Finally, how many of these crimes have been committed
by persons who legally own registered handguns? NONE!
SOURCE: Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal Letter: “Rob
Liberals of 3 area seats over latest foolhardy gun ban” December
SASKATCHEWAN RCMP OFFICER:
“I met with an RCMP officer this
week who was told by his superiors to stop sending requests to the gun
registry before attending domestic disputes because he ‘was putting
his life in danger’. The RCMP officer was told the usual ‘no
guns’ response to his query ‘creates a false sense of security’.
The young officer was also told that if he ever criticized the gun registry
publicly his career would be over,” reported Breitkreuz.
SOURCE: MP Garry Breitkreuz’s News Release dated
December 15, 2005 - Name withheld at the officer’s request
AL KOENIG, PRESIDENT OF THE CALGARY POLICE ASSOCIATION:
the move may not have the desired effect of cutting down crime because
criminals will still be armed, said Al Koenig, president of the Calgary
Police Association, the union representing about 1,500 local police officers.
"Banning handguns simply doesn't work. You want minimum sentencing
for possession of handguns or using them in the commission of an offence."
"That is a very simple solution to a very complex problem,"
Mr. Koenig said. "The ironic thing is after spending $2-billion-plus
trying to register them, the best the government can come up with is to
outright ban them -- it doesn't solve the problem," he said.
SOURCE: National Post: “Liberals to ban handguns”
Page A1/Front December 8, 2005
JOHN GAYDER, SERVING POLICE OFFICER IN ONTARIO – LETTER TO PUBLISHER OF BLUELINE MAGAZINE:
Not only has the gun registry
diverted billions of dollars from the blue front lines, it has also sowed
the seeds of ill will amongst a growing portion of otherwise law abiding
gun owners. This group was previously steadfast supporters of the law
enforcement community. Many of them now increasingly view us as the enemy
or as buffoons. The registry is great at telling me what LAW ABIDING
people duly registered their guns. These were never the people I needed
to worry about. I don’t trust the registry because it will never
be able to tell me what I need to know about the riskier anti social [expletive
deleted] I may potentially be pulling over at 3am. Criminals and kooks
DON’T REGISTER their guns. Every just thinking person abhors
gun deaths, but the registry is a costly and misleading flop. There were
several technical reasons that guaranteed it would be a flop from the
get go. The worst part is that the “gun lobby” warned us about
them from the start. They were right and the Chiefs of police were wrong.
SOURCE: Letter to the Publisher of Blueline Magazine,
November 25, 2005
MURRAY GRISMER, SERVING POLICE OFFICER IN SASKATCHEWAN – LETTER TO PUBLISHER OF BLUELINE MAGAZINE:
The strongest lobby against
the Firearm Registry is “Truth”; which the public, police
and media are slowly come to grips with. They realize they have been sold
a dead horse that no matter how much life you try to blow into it, or
how much money they spend on Band-Aids or proposed miracle cures, will
never ride. The value of the Registry when responding to a domestic dispute
is again another red herring thrown out by the Proponents as justification
for the obscene expenditure of money. As a police officer with
19 years experience, the last thing I am willing to stake my life on is
the information contained in the Firearm Registry. Not only is the information
unverified and inaccurate, it has little to do with where a firearm is
possibly stored or located. Of greater value is the licensing
of owners for this at the very least is an indicator of who may potentially
have a firearm in their possession; and yet I would still be a fool to
risk my life on negative hit to a query of this information. As
a police officer who represented the Saskatchewan Association of Police
Officers in opposition to the Firearm Registry, I have spoken with police
from across Canada who see little or no value in the Registry. Many have
gone so far as to question the rational or motive of the Canadian Professional
Police association’s continued endorsement of it. I have
to agree with you when you question, “How can it ever work?”
I don’t believe it can; it hasn’t in any other jurisdiction
where tried. It is time to bury that dead horse; start allocating the
resources to Canada’s Police and Justice Systems so that we all
can feel safer in our homes and at our professions.
SOURCE: Letter to the Publisher of Blueline Magazine,
November 22, 2005
RCMP OFFICER IN SASKATCHEWAN:
I am an R.C.M.P. member who
complied with the registration process for long guns in the last online
registration push. Last month I traded the firearm I registered online
at wholesale sports in Saskatoon. When they went to process my registration
for the new firearm they were told that the one I traded in was never
registered. Another waste of taxpayers’ money. As a police
officer that just confirmed my faith in the current gun registry system
and that the current government is doing nothing to protect our members
and the general public.
SOURCE: E-Mail dated September 8, 2005 – Name withheld
at the RCMP Officer’s request
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