Saturday, March 14, 2015
"Number of violent crimes involving guns exaggerated by an over-inclusive definition of gun crime"
Just think how this difference could be twisted and abused...
In Canada's Free Press, Gary Mauser wrote about it, including this definition:
"Statistics Canada defines 'firearms-related' crime' as when 'a gun is present during the commission of the crime.' Just 'present,' not 'used.' This means that a crime may be 'firearms-related' even though the gun was not directly involved in committing the crime or injuring the victim. It was just found somewhere at the scene of the crime. In accordance with the Uniform Crime Reporting rules, if no matter what other weapons might be at the crime scene, if a firearm is among them it is automatically considered 'the most serious weapon present.' Thus, if is a firearm is recovered at the crime scene, even if the victim was injured with another weapon, then the incident is classified as 'firearms-related' by Statistics Canada."