Not only was the end of the registry not responsible for the uptick in homicides, StatsCan went further. Gun murders are at their lowest level in 50 years — half a century!

Indeed, StatsCan’s annual report was full of numbers that prove the uselessness of gun control.

For instance, some anti-gun activists will no doubt try to stretch the truth a little and claim the fact that gun crimes are so low is proof the registry worked to make the public safer.

Not so. As StatsCan points out, all murders — but especially firearms murders — have been on the decline since the mid-1970s, long before Ottawa began imposing draconian gun laws. The reason for the decline is demographics. There are simply fewer young men in the population now. And since men between the ages or 16 and 30 are the most likely to commit crime, if there are fewer of them on the street, there will be less crime.

Also, the statistical agency explains, “for most persons accused of homicide, this was not their first offence. Nearly six in 10 (59%) accused persons had a criminal record prior to the homicide, usually for another violent crime.”

Criminal control, not gun control, would work as a crime-reduction strategy. Keep violent criminals in prison longer and they won’t be able to commit crimes. However in our politically correct age with our extremely liberal courts, we have decided only about a third of criminals should ever do any time. So much for criminal control.