Opinion, Politics

Canada- Stricter Gun Laws?

     The Liberal government has eluded to implementing stricter gun laws in Canada. They’ve looked at recent events such as the mass shooting in Danforth, the attack at a Tim Hortons in London, or the shooting in Fredericton, and have thought to ban everything. Not just handguns but every “assault rifle” (Which doesn’t have a clear definition.) as well.

     In Canada, we don’t have a right to bear arms. We aren’t allowed to carry any weapon for self-defense, though we often don’t need to. On average, Canadian living standards are much higher than of the U S. This is mainly due to population, government spending in healthcare, lower suicide rate, and other factors. In the U. S, approximately 300,000 lives are saved a year from the use of firearms. However, there are approximately 36,000 deaths involving guns, Majority suicides, and unknown causes. What’s leftover is 11,000 gun-related homicides. Handguns, not rifles contribute to the majority of those. (Which is quite odd because the left will often demonize the AR-15/variants).

     Banning handguns in Canada will not solve any issues in regarding overall gun crime. The weapon in the Fredericton shooting was not a handgun, but a rifle obtained legally. There are about 31 guns: 100 people in Canada. The government shouldn’t take everyone’s guns away because an extreme minority decide to misuse theirs. During the tragic event in Danforth, 2 people lost their lives and 17 more injured. After the perpetrator had done this, he had shot himself in the head. Later on, in an interview with his parents, his parents claim he was mentally ill. They also said they had to send him to get psychiatric help because he carved into his face with a razor blade, along with saying other graphic comments. The perpetrator had no license for this handgun and most likely got it from his brother; who was later busted with 33 illegally owned firearms. They were all seized by the police in 2017. If somebody wants to shoot up a group of people and not get caught, they will use unregistered weapons.

     Forsay we were in Texas. If anyone in the crowd of people getting shot at had a pistol concealed, could they have saved lives? It was too late before the police got there. We in Canada should not strictly rely on the police to protect us. Approximately 140 people die from gun homicides per year in Canada, Could we save those people if we were armed? That also leaves about 520 suicides a year from guns. All of this just shows we need to get guns out of the hands of mentally ill people, not strip them from every day, law-abiding citizens. There needs to be more money put into background checks, check-ups, etc so we can tell who should and shouldn’t have a gun. When will the left realize that guns don’t kill people? People will kill people using any means they can. It is much easier to stab somebody with a kitchen knife then it is to get a firearms license and go through training.

(If you know anyone who is suicidal please reach out to doctors, do research, try to help them https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/.)

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