Table 4 Undermines Liberals Claims
Thanks to MP Raquel Dancho, Vice-Chair of SECU, an appendix was added to the report StatsCan recently presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU). Table 4 in that appendix revealed that PAL holders are accused of homicide about half as often as other adults. This is consistent with my Statistics Canada Special Requests.
StatsCan’s report is entitled: “Brief: Police-reported statistics on firearm-related crime.” It was written by Statistics Canada’s Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics and submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee Public Safety and National Security, February 10, 2022.
Table 4 in the appendix reveals just how unlikely PAL holders are as murderers..
Table 4 is entitled, “Number and proportion of homicide victims of firearm-related homicides, by firearm licensing status of the identified charged / suspect-chargeable1 and firearm type, 2010-2020.”
|rate per 100,000 pop|
|PAL holders CSC||1.04|
|Adult homicide rate||2.12|
|Adult male homicide rate||1.26|
Source: Table 4, Number and proportion of homicide victims of firearm-related homicides, by firearm licensing status of the identified charged / suspect-chargeable1 and firearm type, 2010-2020.
According to the StatsCan report to SECU, PAL holders are accused of homicide about half as often as adult Canadians (2.12 per 100,000).
Note that what is being counted in Table 4 is not offenders, but victims. Because there are more homicide victims than accused this makes the rate for PAL holders look higher than it is with offenders.
Other comparisons focus on firearms related homicide. Because almost all PAL holders are male it would be reasonable to compare them with adult males (18 years of age or older) who are a similar demographic group.
According to Statistics Canada data, PAL holders are somewhat less likely to be accused of firearms-related murder than are male Canadians.GAM PAL homicide copy.xlsx