Over the course of the testimony, we've seen a split between trying to create this idea that it's a man against woman issue and a victim versus offender issue. That's not really, in my opinion, capturing who Canadian gun owners are in our country, so thank you for pointing that out.
We did hear some recent testimony from a gentleman from the Northwest Territories who spoke about education and literacy rates of people in the north and the cultural and traditional heritage of hunting, which certainly would apply to rural and even to urban Canadians. We certainly understand some of the difficulties in completing the registration forms.
You've testified that women are gun owners. They're hunters. They're shooters. We've heard from female athletes involved in the sport.
Then we hear how people have actually failed to register their guns. They have made a conscious choice not to register their guns. Where people have made a conscious choice to do that, we have no idea of how many guns are out there in Canada. By deduction, that would include women who are gun owners, who have decided they are not going to subject themselves to this registry, and who have not registered them.
When we consider the education rates, literacy rates, female gun ownership, the need for them in rural and northern areas to provide subsistence for their families, cultural and traditional practices, the fact that some have refused to register their guns, and then the criminal implications of that, would you agree with me, with all of that considered and the difficulties and inaccuracies in this registry, that we run a great risk—and we have for many years—of making criminals of these law-abiding Canadians? That would actually victimize women in rural areas and victimize females who rely on subsistence, who rely on culture and traditional practices, and who absolutely need long guns to maintain a way of life. Some of them are single parents with a family.
Could you comment on that? Would you agree that we don't want to be running a risk of victimizing those women any further?