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Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 13:38:46 -0600 (CST)
From: "Charles M. Williams, B.Sc." <email@example.com>
Subject: "Gun Control" letter (1995) to Pariament from former RCMP ---
PLEASE note date of the ORIGINAL letter.
16 October 1995
Hon. Member of Parliament / Senator of Canada
House of Commons / Senate of Canada
Canada, K1A 0A6 / K1A 0A4
Dear Hon. Member of Parliament / Senator of Canada;
I have been following, with great interest, various reports on positions with
regard to proposed Federal Government legislation, for "gun control," currently
being reviewed by members of the Canadian Senate.
I am a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I participated in the
research, development, and implementation of the Canadian Police Information
Centre (the computerized cerebrum of the Canadian police community) and I am
extremely proud of the work and duties which I performed for my country, Canada,
and for my fellow Canadians. It is really very disturbing when those with
authority over others abuse that trust and authority, and do not "Maintain The
It is my considered opinion that a computer system database implemented via the
current proposals, as I understand them, now contained within the Justice
Ministry-proposed Bill C-68 will, quite simply, be more dangerous to Canadian
society (including, especially, police personnel) than having no such database
As I understand it, the current Bill C-68 advocates propose that millions of
different people (with: varying levels of literacy and illiteracy, various
capacities of eyesight, possibly dyslexia, various handwriting skills, and using
various writing instruments, and possibly affected by various other unforeseen
factors) could, somehow, accurately and clearly, locate, transcribe, and (with
absolutely no method for quality-control, nor any mode of accuracy confirmation)
record the entirety of system-vital info
rmation from millions of various weapons, onto "postcards."
Next, these postcard-size documents would, somehow, be mailed and miraculously
arrive (via Canada Post Corporation) fully intact, unaltered, and legible, at a
"central registry" location. Then, the data on these millions of postcards
would, somehow, be transferred (by more humans with varying capabilities and
skills) into a computer system database, upon which human lives are to be
To expect any trustworthy degree of accuracy to come from such a data-collection
method is, quite simply, pure folly!
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Anyone who has any real experience in developing and operating computer systems
and databases (especially police-system related) will know this to be undeniable
FACT! The well-used phrase "garbage in, garbage out" definitely applies.
If one is going to have a truly reliable system (of any real value) then, first
and foremost, the data must be accurate, confirmed accurate, and verified!
Lives shall depend on this prerequisite data-accuracy!
I am writing to you because I am extremely concerned that members of police
forces, and the general public, might, in fact, lose their lives because of an
ill-conceived system with an inaccurate and non-verified database. Such a
database would, most definitely, be more dangerous than no database at all!
We have the technology, and methodology, already in existence, within Canada, to
accurately transfer the required system-vital data, from the weapons population,
into an appropriate database. Also, for many types of weapons, a distinctive
and identifiable "fingerprint" or "signature" of each particular weapon's unique
striation markings on test-fired bullets can be electronically recorded. Such
data can be used to trace evidence, found at a scene, back to the particular
weapon, if the weapon's appropriate
information is available for testing.
Information is only as valuable as it is accessible!
If a "weapons registry" system is to be worth anything at all to our police, to
our politicians, and, as well, to both their employers --- the People of Canada
- --- then such a system must be created, aand maintained, properly, or it shall be
much more of a disservice (and embarrassment to our nation and the world) than
it would be a benefit provider! It is absolutely vital that such a system be
accomplished properly or it must not be created, ever!
Although no supporting data might be at hand, it appears that some bureaucratic,
and political, associations (claiming to represent certain groups of
professionals) are supporting Federal Government legislation such as Bill C-68
because to do otherwise would result in severe repercussions on the
associations' and the bureaucrats' amounts of Federal Government funding and
support for other programmes. We in the Public of Canada have witnessed the
results which befell The Hon. Warren Allmand when he followed
his true conscience and voted in a manner not supporting "party policy!"
We in the Public of Canada are also aware that others, as well, have, all too
often, suffered the wrath of certain power-holders for being true to having
principles which support the ideals of a truly free and democratic society.
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The opening words in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms include:
"Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God
and the rule of law." The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, being part
of the Constitution Act proclaimed in force on 17 April 1982, exists for a
reason, actually for many reasons, and it is not something to be dismissed
arbitrarily! The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights
and freedoms set out in it subject only to such re
asonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and
Canada is classified as a free and democratic society, and this enviable status
must be constantly maintained by the continued and concerned efforts of Canada's
citizens. It must always be remembered that a written constitution is an
"article of faith!"
Many arguments put forth in support of Bill C-68 are spurious and misleading via
their convenient manipulation of statistics and the incomplete use of "FACTS,"
and incomplete details about FACs -- Firearms Acquisition Certificates!
Whenever someone quotes only percentages, and does not supply the actual "base
numbers," and the actual data to which the quoted percentages are referring,
then one must always be extremely suspicious of such a messenger!
Exempli Gratia: an article written by Ottawa-Carleton Chief of Police, Brian
Ford, cites certain statistics regarding crimes and incidents allegedly
committed using "at one time legally owned" firearms; however, the article fails
to say just where these weapons were previously owned, i.e. mostly in the United
States of America and places other than Canada! Weapons smuggled into Canada,
weapons which can not be traced to any registry system or any legal owner, are
the main threat to our police personnel and
to residents of Canada! Canada's acknowledged-as-limited resources should thus
be deployed according to where they can be most expeditiously and most
Legislation such as Bill C-68 does not need to be "omnibus" legislation. Various
pieces of such bills may be readily passed, independent of the others. Those
pieces of legislation which are worthy of being passed do not need other pieces
of "sugar" to "help the medicine go down." The passage of useful legislation
does not have to be bundled into an "all or nothing" situation.
I have enclosed a copy of my personal profile. If I may be of assistance, on
any subject, please contact me 24 x 7 x 365/366.
Charles M. Williams, B.Sc.
Personal Profile follows here:
Charles M. Williams earned his Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in
Computer Science, from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. During his
junior and senior years at Acadia, he began working with the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police at the National Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. Upon graduation,
in 1971, he became a member of the R.C.M.P., became fully subject to the
Official Secrets Act of Canada (at the "Special Activity" security clearance
level), and participated in the research, developm
ent, and implementation of the Canadian Police Information Centre in Ottawa.
C.P.I.C. is the computerized cerebrum of the Canadian police community, with
links to the National Crime Information Center in Washington, D.C., and other
law enforcement agencies around the world. Mr. Williams' early duty emphasis
was placed upon the design and implementation of on-line information systems
using custom database management design (RCMP-CPIC) as well as various batch
systems for data editing, storage, and retrieval. One main project involved
full responsibility for the design, data editing
, and data transfer for, and implementation of, the national on-line fingerprint
Mr. Williams was a member of the C.P.I.C. team which developed the automated
Criminal Name Index system which uses a specialized, CNI-team-developed,
"Phonetically-Indexed Name Directory" technique known as "the FIND code." The
CNI system allows for name-based searching to provide the major method of
investigative access to the automated Criminal Records and Wanted Persons
systems. Among other duties, it was Mr. Williams' full responsibility to create
the CNI system-vital "index to the index," without which the CNI files could not
Information is only as valuable as it is accessible.
All of these varied tasks involved extensive interface with a wide range of
other personnel both locally and nationally. Some products developed were later
Along with the development of various systems went the complete responsibility
for writing proper interview reports, system documentation, and user manuals.
Thorough research might involve the use of the excellent facilities at the
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and their
on-line system for finding required support material. CISTI is part of the many
useful facilities of the National Research Council of Canada, located in the
national capital of Ottawa, Ontario.
After several years with the R.C.M.P., Mr. Williams then developed a number of
projects under his ownership and control in the private sector, including the
provision of proprietary Computer Aided Design and Drafting software and CADD
hardware systems for Canada Post Corporation, and the production of the
radar-approach maps for all major Canadian airports as part of Transport
Canada's Radar Modernization Project (RAMP).
Mr. Williams is the owner of more than 20 corporate entities with international
interests and connections. Each of the corporate entities has its own
innovative technology system(s), product(s), and / or service(s).
Mr. Williams' wide-ranging interests and diverse skills allow him to communicate
effectively with all the personnel necessary for a completely successful
operation. The key to any successful venture is the proper combining of
talented people and the wise implementation of sound policies and actions
derived from maximum utilization of available resources.
Personal Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CL = 613-261-9590
Available for "the cause" on a 24 x 7 x 365/366 basis.