"More people nationwide are for abolishing the registry than keeping it "
The most recent Decima poll put it at 48 38 in favour of keeping it.
"it has already been proven that the gov't can't enforce the registry."
Sure it can. It has a hard time getting everyone to register guns that predate the registry. However, they have no problem getting people to register new guns.
As for the issue of non compliance, tax evasion, drunk driving and speeding are common place, but that is no cause for getting rid of those laws.
"Koby, you think a winning talking point is:
the LGR will catch Canadian farmers, duck hunters who have not yet, but will, get a criminal record...?"
There are 1.8 million registered gun owners. It does not take a great leap of faith to believe that some will have a criminal record in 10 years time. It is certainly not beyond the grasp of your average Canadian. Of course what makes it especially easy sell is the ability to trot out more than decade's worth of stats showing just how many gun owning "farmers and duck hunters" have been convicted of crime.
"We all support the licensing of people who own firearms and the registration of prohibited or restricted weapons (such as handguns). That's not going to change; this Conservative government is unwavering in that. We know full well that criminals don't register their guns and that's what makes the long gun registry wasteful and ineffective,"
Criminals can not register their guns. Being able to register a gun presupposes that one has a Possession and Acquisition Licence and a criminal record is grounds for being denied a PAL and for a PAL being revoked.
Semantics aside, this argument does not make much sense. Car thieves can not register their ill gotten goods with ICBC either, but I do see anyone giving this as a reason for not having to register cars. To make matters worse for supporters, it nearly impossible to on the one hand support registering hand guns and on the other hand demand that long guns no longer be registered. After all, the reason given for the latter position is that criminals do not register their guns period. Either one supports both or neither.
"Forget about those gangs, the Hell's Angles and your common bank robbers Canadians,
it's them there farmers that MIGHT go rambo that is scaring the h out of our town folk,"
1) 83% are homicides are not gang related. That said, as it allows guns to be traced back to their last legal owner, the registry makes illegal sales and straw purchases more difficult and so helps keep "law-abiding duck hunters and farmers" honest. "Studies have shown that in the US, states with both licensing and registration (versus one or the other) had fewer guns diverted from legal to illegal markets." http://www.aspq.org/DL/Declarationang.pdf
2) There are far more gun incidents in rural Canada than in urban Canada.
3) As far as your average law abiding citizen is concerned, they are infinitely more likely be killed by a loved one than by a gang.
4) The cops get calls by mental health professionals worried about a patient going "rambo" all the time.
West Vancouver police Chief: "We get calls from mental-health providers saying 'We're concerned about a particular individual.' We'll do that check and go and seize (their firearms) so they don't harm themselves or someone else."
Psychiatrist Barbara Kane: “I think we've probably prevented some major events,” says Dr. Barbara Kane, a psychiatrist in Prince George, B.C. The RCMP has called Kane asking whether she is concerned about certain individuals applying to register a gun. She believes such a call prevented tragedy after a millworker was fired. “He could easily have gone into one of the mills and done something bad,” she says. “But we were able to get his guns away from him.”