Whoops, they made a mistake!

On June 1st there was a news article in various newspapers written by Terry Pedwell, titled “Feds reject Ontario’s call for ban on handguns”, detailing Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day’s meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa. In his argument against the value of banning handguns Day was quoted as saying:

“In jurisdictions that have eliminated or tried to eliminate, to ban handguns – the United Kingdom, Ireland, other jurisdictions – in fact crime with guns has unfortunately gone up,”

Then the author took it upon himself to editorialize and present his own facts, saying:

Day’s statements, however, don’t appear to match with recent facts.

There was a 16 per cent drop in the number of firearms offences in the United Kingdom in 2006 compared with the previous year, according to figures from Britain’s Home Office. Injuries related to gun crimes also fell while fatalities rose slightly.

Police in London also reported an 11 per cent decrease in gun crime in the metropolitan London area during the same period.

Actually his original text actually said:

Day’s statements, however, don’t appear to match with the facts.

The news agency apparently made a change to the text when they received some complaints about the accuracy of Pedwell’s statement.

Today (June 7th), Canadian Press issued a correction.

The Canadian Press erroneously reported June 1 that there was a 16 per cent drop in the number of firearms crimes in the United Kingdom in 2006 compared with the previous year. In fact, figures from Britain’s Home Office show there was a 16 per cent drop in the number of handgun crimes in the year ended March 31, 2005, compared with the same period a year previous.

In addition, the story should have included information from the Home Office that supports Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day’s assertion that the number of overall offences involving firearms has increased in Britain each year since handguns were banned in 1997.

Must have galled them to have to print that information and back up Stockwell Day’s statements.

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