RCMP CFP Evaluation – Part 4

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Performance

Finding 3:

Inconsistent and contradictory communications/outreach regarding the Canadian Firearms Program has led to confusion and misunderstanding among the general public and public safety officials.

They could have called this entire section “Propaganda”, which is pretty much what it amounts to…

Employees of the CFP have stated in interviews that licensing compliance has been affected by political messages

However, some CFP employees interviewed have the perception that the program does not adequately sell its value to public.

If the CFP is so bloody fantastic, why do they need to “sell” it to the public?

Program strategies include:

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marking renewal forms as RCMP mail to better encourage people to open their correspondence and comply;

amending correspondence to make it seem less threatening;

Oh, and like getting a letter from the RCMP isn’t “threatening” – they even say that this is intended to make gun owners “comply”… hypocritical scumbags.

There is a further need to communicate that firearms are an important public safety issue. There is limited understanding and public confusion concerning gun owner obligations, responsibilities and facts surrounding the regulatory aspects of the program. A common misconception is that the Firearms Program is just the “Gun Registry”. This has resulted in a lack of compliance, and at times, hostility toward the program.

No!  Really?

The fact that firearms owners believe that the Firearms program is nothing more than the registry make it difficult for the CFOs to enforce compliance and brings the entire CFP into question.

They say that like it’s a bad thing…

The public safety value of the program must be apparent to the Aboriginal population in order to increase participation.

The reason why people don’t see the “public safety value” in this boondoggle is that they have never really defined what “public safety” is, and have so far been unable to provide any actual proof that the CFP does anything to enhance “public safety” – whatever that is.

Likewise, involvement of youth and schools is seen as a viable method for delivering the messages, especially in the context of safety training.

Can you say “indoctrination”, Comrades?  Knew you could…

There appears to be a generalized resistance among a number of gun owners, who as a vocal minority, feel the long gun registry is a waste of money. Some gun owners sense they became polarized by the public with the implementation of the firearms program.

Could it be because law-abiding gun owners really are being persecuted for crimes they didn’t commit, and most likely never will?  Could it be because the leftist media and anti-gun extremists have consistently portrayed law-abiding gun owners as knuckle dragging Neanderthals, who are just “one pull of the trigger” away from being heinous criminals?

Naaaaaah!

Firearm officers (FO) have expressed reluctance in attending firearm owner meetings as a result of the difficult reception; however, in order to become an effective program, this difficulty needs to be overcome with both firearms owners and the Aboriginal population by FO’s with the right competencies to perform the job.

The Firearms Act tramples on over a dozen of our Charter protected and other rights, for having committed no crime whatsoever.  All that the CFP has done is serve to divide Canadians against each other, particularly between gun owners and the police.  The Firearms Act has diminished considerably the respect for the rule of law in this country.

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The CFP needs to interface with and do more research into better understanding the clientele groups that are significantly impacted by firearms i.e Gun clubs, Schools, Victims of Violence, Aboriginal communities, Mental Health community etc. With a better understanding of these environments and their issues, the program can be improved further, gaining the confidence of these important stakeholders and allowing for more effective communications.

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Within law enforcement and the judicial system, many employees do not fully understand firearms laws and regulations, contributing to a lack of enforcement. The inconsistent application and interpretation of the law by judicial and law enforcement partners, contributes to public confusion concerning obligations and responsibilities under the Firearms Act.

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There is a perception among many interviewees (police, judicial and gun owners), that there is minimal understanding by law enforcement and judicial personnel concerning the CFP and firearm-related legislation, which is leading to minimal enforcement of the program[21]. There is little formalized training currently available to general duty police officers or crown prosecutors.

[21] It is worth noting that in nearly all interviews conducted with RCMP officers, the interviewees indicated they were not very well informed about the Firearms Act, the Program, or about changes in regulations surrounding firearms. To this end, the CFP has for instance included a “Special Bulletins for Police” page on its website specifically to inform law enforcement agencies of legislative changes to the relevant legislation.

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Recommendation 2:

That the RCMP provide clear and consistent communications to Canadians on firearms and related public safety issues, adapted to the local level and using local mediums. Communications should be robust and targeted to the firearms community, but should also focus on other key stakeholders, including law enforcement, CFO’s and judicial partners, which are impacted by firearms and the CFP

Recommendation 3:

That the RCMP contribute to the development of a training program for justice, police, and CFO’s on the CFP and firearm-related legislation, and assess the impact of privacy issues on the program, all to better promote public safety as the primary mandate. Develop a secure website for police, Justice and CFO’s to stay current with relevant information for investigators and Crown, with reference to: powers of search & seizure; warrants (best practices); MOU’s for Mental Health, etc..

Recommendation 4:

That the RCMP’s website be developed into a more user friendly environment and target the general public, young and old in Canada’s official and predominant indigenous languages regarding firearms. This is particularly relevant for people in isolated communities where the internet is available.

So the bottom line is: after 15 years and $2 BILLION wasted on this pile of garbage, the public and the police are no better informed about how this law works.  How can average, law-abiding gun owning citizens be expected to comply with a law that even the po-leece can’t understand?



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