It’s bad enough when police chiefs get involved in public policy discussions but when they fudge the truth like appointed Toronto Police Chief William Blair did today they undermine our trust in the police forces.
There is a vote today in the House of Commons on the contentious gun registry which was set up to appease a vocal anti-gun lobby in 1996 by the then Liberal government. A decent non-partisan run-down on it can be found here.
When he wrote an op-ed in the Globe and Mail, Blair cited the oft mentioned misnomer that police use this registry over 10,000 times a day. It’s a “fact” that it is used by proponents like him like to cite how valuable the registry is to police. The problem is that he conveniently forgets to say that every search of the Canadian Police Information Centre for any reason generates an automatic search of the firearms registry.