Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Step 1: Insert Cash. Step 2: Flush.

Here's an easy one, What do Canada's firearms registry and England's CCTV surveillance system have in common?

As if I have to ask (or provide you with the answer).

VANCOUVER, July 5 /CNW/ - Canada's homicide rate and number of gang-related murders has increased since the federal government's firearms registry and licensing program was implemented, an indication that the program has failed to improve public safety, according to Hubris in the North, The Canadian Firearms Registry, a new report from independent research organization The Fraser Institute.


Despite its estimated $2 billion cost to date, the firearms registry remains notably incomplete and has an error rate that remains embarrassingly high. As a result of its many failures, particularly its failure to reduce gang violence or stop senseless killings such as the recent occurrences at Dawson College and Mayerthorpe, Alberta, the firearms registry has not been able to win the trust of either the public or the police.

Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology, a senior police officer piloting a new database has warned. Only 3% of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images, despite the fact that Britain has more security cameras than any other country in Europe.

Obligatory side note: Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have pledged to bring an equally "successful" gun registration scheme to fruition in America if elected.