It’s not just the United States: Canada also has a festering gun-control problem

It’s not just the United States: Canada also has a festering gun-control problem

Hunting rifles on display in a gun and rifle store in downtown Vancouver in 2010. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) John Lorinc ( @johnlorinc ) is a Toronto-based journalist who writes about politics and urban affairs. He is senior editor of Spacing Magazine. Few subjects activate Canadians’ sense of superiority quite as vigorously as gun control and the perceived chasm between our rules and the patchwork of laws in the United States. All of which are yet again the subject of agonizing dispute . We Canadians love to praise ourselves for owning far fewer guns than Americans, and we don’t fixate on an ambiguously punctuated constitutional right to bear arms, because none exists. Moreover, north of the 49th parallel, school shootings, such as last week’s massacre in Sante Fe, Tex. , not only draw intense interest; they provide an opportunity to stoke the national myth that we’re less besotted with firearms than our neighbors to the south. Problem is, Canada’s federal gun-control laws are a lot less robust than many Canadians realize, as confirmed by a recent attempt by Justin Trudeau’s progressively styled Liberal government to update said rules. Canada consistently ranks very high in international gun-violence stats, leading almost all other jurisdictions except the United States, which is the global outlier. As gun expert and investigative journalist Iain Overton wrote in the Globe and Mail in 2016, “Canada has a gun problem.” This political paradox was reinforced this month when 75 Quebec groups and individuals called on […]

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