Two people were killed and at least 19 injured in a shooting at an outdoor party in Toronto, police said on Tuesday.
A Bloody Journey into the World of Firearms. These five words are sure to inflame passions and set off intense disagreement among some Canadians.
One that stands in stark contrast to the violent world of the neighbouring United States. The problem, however, is one born from perspective. From where Canadians stand, their country probably feels safe.
After all, according to data from the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 56, gun homicides in the United States between and Canada, during that period, tallied firearm homicidesaccording to Statistics Canada.
The difference is so stark, it risks being blinding. Of course, the difference is partly because Canada has far fewer guns. The estimated number of firearms legal and illegal in the hands of civilian owners in Canada is about 10 million, about 31 guns per people. The United States has far more guns: Even taking these numbers into account, however, it seems that, compared with the United States, Canada is a pretty safe place to be when it comes to guns.
It has a much more European approach to matters such as taxes, health care and education. Then the perspective on Canadian gun crime shifts dramatically. If Canada were included as part of the 31 countries that make up the wider European region, it would rank fourth in terms of gun-homicide rates.
In terms of sheer numbers, only France, Germany and Italy have more gun deaths a year. There is another darker, hidden toll that blights Canada — gun suicides.
As the Department of Justice notes: Between andat least 5, people were reported to have shot and killed themselves.
Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement Many people shrug when they hear about the methods employed when it comes to suicide. A study about the impact of the Australian buyback initiative and strict gun-law reforms in the mids, for example, found that the measures led to a decrease in gun suicide, but had no significant impact on non-firearm suicide rates.The issue of gun control and violence, both in Canada and the United States, is one that simply will not go away.
If history is to be any guide, no matter what the resolution to the gun control debate is, it is probable that the arguments pro and con will be much the same as they always have been. To understand that, it’s important to grasp not just the stunning statistics about gun ownership and gun violence in the United States, but .
The debate over gun control in the United States has waxed and waned over the years, stirred by a series of mass killings by gunmen in civilian settings.
In . After all, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 56, gun homicides in the United States between and Canada, during that period, tallied firearm homicides, according to Statistics Canada.
Notably, since , when the Dickey Amendment was first inserted into the federal spending bill, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been prohibited from using its federal funding "to advocate or promote gun control," thwarting gun violence .
Gun Control: The Battle Rages On Abstract This paper discusses and is centered around the on-going debate over gun control, I directly address how each major political party views this subject and what I believe the United States Government should do to be able to best combat this tremendous issue.