When the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a “study” from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences asserting a child or youth is killed or injured by a firearm every day in Ontario I was shocked, concerned.
If true, that would be horrible, something we should all be concerned about, but it isn’t really true.
I showed last week that the study not only includes anyone up to age 25 but they also include BB guns, air soft and paintball guns in their definition of firearm.
I repeatedly asked for more details like, how many in the 15-24 year-old age group were over the age of 18 and by definition adults? How many injuries were from BB guns, airsoft or paintball rather than actual firearms?
After receiving a complaint from a member of the public about the lack of data and transparency, the researchers released a breakdown of injury by type of firearm and nearly half of all the unintentional injuries were from BB guns.
Watch as I break it down for you and give you a more accurate picture of unintentional injuries by handguns.
This matters because those behind the study and those using the results to devise guidelines, are all groups whose names carry a lot of weight and this study would have most people believe we have a firearms problem when we don’t.
The study also called for storage regulations and restricting ownership while calling the “firearms” injuries preventable which makes me think they don’t know what Canada’s gun storage laws are, or what it takes to get a licence.
I think they used the study to push an agenda. They haven’t released a breakdown of how many of those injured are 18 or older. Doing so might destroy the narrative, pushed by media and encouraged by this study, that little Johnny's getting injured because he found daddy’s loaded handgun out on the counter.
While we may hear stories like that from elsewhere, it’s not common in Canada and is in fact illegal.
If anything, this study proves we don’t have a gun problem in Canada, and don’t need to change the laws to make them stricter unless it’s decided we need a BB gun registry to stop men in their 20s from shooting each other.