A Challenge by Police Officers to the CACP stance on the Firearms Registry
by Cnst. Randy Kuntz
Edmonton Police Service
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police currently support the firearms registry. They say it is a necessary tool in the fight against crime and the safety of the public and police officers.
For the past month, I have been gathering comments and concerns of police officers across Canada as it relates to the registry and its usefulness. Being a policeman myself, the CACP position on the Firearms registry has always bothered me as it is not a reflection of police opinion but that of a select group. And I believe they are wrong.
My question to my fellow officers was fairly simple: Do you support the firearms registry?
I have been fortunate to have had hundreds of police officers contact me in regards to this matter. As of this morning, I have 521 responses from across Canada. Of these responses, 7 approve of the registry. 514 say it is useless and should be scrapped.
I expected that.
Although my question was simple, the replies were often quite long. I have had comments relating to to the Firearms Act as well as simple comments such as, and I quote “it is a useless piece of ____ and should be scrapped”. As a matter of fact, the overwhelming majority of responses call for the elimination of the registry. There are comments from police members that directly contradict the CACP stance on the registry.
For years I have read how the CACP supports the registry and how it is so critical for the safety of officers and the public.
For years I have been listening to police officers complain about the uselessness of the registry.
Who is wrong? Is it the Chiefs of Police? Or is it the street cops and promoted investigators who deal with criminals and the public every day?
A Chief of Police has to be a politician. He has a budget to maintain and a Police Service to manage, as well as an image to uphold. He also has a contract that he must fulfill.
A Constable, Detective, Sergeant or Staff Sergeant is the one that is physically present on the streets. They are the ones that deal with everything from running radar to arresting murderers. They are the ones who know what works and what does not when it comes to “foot meets the pavement” policing. And so far, they are telling me that the firearms registry is garbage and should be scrapped.
So why does the CACP tell the public “the Police support the registry”?
Chiefs are compelled to accept anything that would appear to instill a sense of safety for the public. Just look at your own local Police Service and you will find numerous examples of this. Edmonton is full of slogans and posters and meetings between police and special interest groups. Most of it eventually blows with the wind and is forgotten.
I think the time has come for this street cop to ask the CACP why they continue to support the firearms registry………
And if they don’t change their stance after this, I would really appreciate it if they would make an exemption in their next media release. Sort of like this:
“The CACP, representing the men and women who serve as police officers in Canada (except Cst. Randy Kuntz of the Edmonton Police Service) supports the registration of firearms……………”.
More to come. Shoot straight and stay safe.