Canada's growing gun problem

When it comes to anti-gun laws, Canada is carving out its own nasty rep, thanks to lobbying efforts learned from gun advocates south of the border

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Do countries with stricter gun laws really have less crime or fewer homicides?

I refer the authour to a well researched and supported thesis which is in sharp contrast with his own sensationalist, ill researched, and opinionated work. http://people.howstuffworks.com/strict-gun-laws-less-crime1.htm

Vihkr 44 days ago

Tripe

Enzo is trying to impose his beliefs on all Canadians. He's obviously another lover of the nanny state. Passing more laws is the only answer he has. He would like the government to hold his hand through life because he is incapable of original thought. Yes Enzo, let's disarm all law abiding gun owners in Canada because we all want to make YOU happy.

P Abbruzzese 59 days ago

Lol this actually hilarious ..

Really a hand gun ban?? Why not Reban murder it will be about as useful. The people who write these articles write on emotions and not facts .. In Canada 169 people per day die or and injured by drunk driving... But the real danger the real thread to life the real problem to Canada's survival is the extremely few people who choose to owns lawful handgun. Wow makes me think if they where successful in banning handguns and they realize just like every other country and never reduced the murder rate what will they go after next?? Cars ?? Learn fact tell the story from statistical numbers not "I think" "I feel" "I suggest" Stats canada is only a click away. So is the FBI stats site .. And so is Scotland's yard.. Take the time to realize that even the strictest gun control places suffer from the "EXACTLY THE SAME MURDER RATE PER CAP" as every other country gun ban or no gun ban. People who wrote these articles are prodicles of kids who grew up watching Hollywood and are as disillusioned from the real world of "where food comes from" its senseless

Mark 82 days ago

Words but no substance

This article makes a LOT of claims that may ro may not be true. I don't know because none of the "facts" stated have any references or citations.

This is nothing more than an editorial rant, no different from a live journal post.

Jay 84 days ago

Misconceptions

People need to stop thinking semi-automatics are the same as fully automatics. One shoots repeatedly when the trigger is held, this is prohibited and there is no legal place in all of canada that they can be discharged. The other discharges 1 round every time the trigger is pulled, this is called a semi automatic, this is legal, and just about as dangerous as a pump action shot gun or bolt action rifle. Stop putting them in the same category, they are not the same by any means. Its this sort of thinking that makes my Uncle who lives on the Knight inlet and outlaw. So with a gun ban you want him to have to boat to town every month for food? And fight off wildlife with a sharpened stick? It would just mean more innocent law abiding citizens dying off because of misconceptions.

Frustrated Fire Fighter 97 days ago

Another outlook

(Gun advocates usually mean mostly black, mostly urban crime when they say that. Perhaps they haven't noticed that most of the perpetrators committing the mass murders are mostly white loner types with mental health issues. But back to the point at hand.)


I read the rest of your article, but I found it hard to take you seriously after reading this paragraph. What is that supposed to mean? Are you implying that gun owners are not only potential mass murderers but also inherently racist? I could generalize your side as being sick, using the deaths of women and children as the banner you wave to further your agenda and beliefs. No, I will not address your red herring any further, but will address the actual facts that concern gun control.

Look, the statistics are the only thing that should matter here. People argue that you are more likely to die driving to the airport, than on the plane. You are more likely to die in a car than by a shark attack. You are also more likely to die of nearly anything else, than you are from a mentally disturbed individual attacking you with a firearm, most firearm related deaths are from suicides. Yes suicides. The likelihood of being harmed by a mass murderer with a firearm are slimmer than winning the lottery, are you going to base your life around such odds, I should hope not. This statistic excludes criminals, because let's face it they are going to keep on being criminals. Don't believe me? Try this thought experiment. If guns were completely banned in Canada, would you support taking away firearms from police? Why not? Most will answer that it is because law enforcement would need them to deal with armed CRIMINALS. As a law abiding firearms owner, I have a background check everyday. Everyday. This in my opinion puts law abiding gun owners in the category as being some of the most law abiding citizens in Canada, any infraction and we lose our privileged to own firearms, quite the incentive to keep in mind.

Taking away firearms from law abiding citizens will not make you anymore safe than you are now, so why do it? Any firearms related death, is one too many in my opinion. However taking my personal firearms, and the millions of law abiding people like me, won't help this.

What we need is more education, and methods of reaching out to the people who harm others and themselves before it's too late. Irrational arguments from emotions, are not going to help the situation, lets look at the facts, the statistics and address the real issues because the facts are NOT pointing the blame to the law abiding gun owners. Yes there is a problem, but it appears to be a mental health issue more so than anything else, so let's work together as citizens to solve the problem. People quickly get hot headed on both sides of this debate, but that isn't helping anyone.

Sincerely,

A fellow Law Abiding Citizen

Joseph Pelley 102 days ago

What?

You reference the eaton centre shooting as your inspiration for banning handguns and bullets. That man was a criminal and was not authorized to posess firearms in this country. How exactly would your handgun ban stop this man who clearly stole the gun from a legal gun owner, or purchased it on the street after it was smuggled into Canada from the U.S. ( the most probable)? Why don't we just re-ban murder? I think all Canadians, including gun owners, support laws and legislation that are PROVEN to keep Canadians safer. What you are advocating is punishing law abiding Canadians for the actions of criminals while showing complete disregard for the actual problem. Despite what you may think, Canada is not going backwards on gun control. The licensing system works, background checks work, storage and transport regulations work, safety courses work. Canada does not have a gun problem, look at the statistics! As for your comment about "more guns equals more gun related crime", another fine example of your ignorance. Ever hear of Switzerland? They have one of the highest "assault rifle" ownership levels in the world. Tell me how many murders occurred there last year. I could even argue cities such as Chicago and Washington DC who enacted your beloved handgun ban. The murder rate sky rocketed. Now don't get me wrong, I am not naive enough to say more guns less crime. In all actuality, the answer to the age old question "how do we reduce crime?" Is extremely complex. More complex than you or I will ever understand.

Oliver 107 days ago

damn straight

We should have the same freedoms as they do in the states and o assure you im a legal owner, and if i were a criminal, and i mean any criminal, if i wanted to rob your ass or kill somone i would need a gun to do it, there was even a guy who posted a comment on youtube statijg that he had people coming down to the states from canada to buy item of a questionable nature to take home and they do it all the time, and as far as weapons go, you mid as well ban cars, more people are killed by drunk drivers every year than in ten years with legal gun owners, and if a crminal wants a gun they will get one simple as that, youd have to litterally go back in time and dissinvent the gun, then on the other hand there is always somthing else to use as a weapon

nick ross 117 days ago

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