Halifax RCMP Supt. Darrell Beaton said an RCMP evaluation of Canadian firearm programs showed that long-gun related homicides have dropped since stricter controls started in 1991, from 271 that year to 190 in 2006.
The evaluation also stated that even though opponents of long-gun registration say there is a lack of criminal activity involving long guns, 2005 statistics show they were used in 25 per cent of shooting deaths. That number climbed to 72 per cent for spousal shootings and 10 of 13 police officers killed on the job were murdered with long guns.
What does it all mean? If we could only get rid of the handguns, we too could have a high percentage of shooting deaths from long guns. Then we could go after them. This sounds like the perfect blueprint for total gun elimination. I wonder if I've discovered something here. Maybe I could sell this idea to someone. What do you think?