Canadian Gun Control

This article is biased in favor of gun ownership, but is nevertheless interesting:

Myth 1. “VERY FEW PEOPLE IN CANADA OWN FIREARMS”

Exactly the opposite is true: twenty-nine per cent of Canadian homes possess an estimated total of nine million firearms. Other authorities insist that even this figure is too low, and that there [are] at least twenty million firearms in Canada.

For reference: As of 2009, the US’s 309 million people owned about 300 million firearms according to this interesting source.  The number has boomed since then, of course.  Back to the Canadian site:

The UN reported that Canada ranks third among the developed western countries (behind the United States and Norway) in the civilian ownership of firearms.

Though Wikipedia suggests that Canada ranked #13 recently.

There is an average of three firearms in every gun-owning Canadian household. The majority of gun-owning households in Canada own rifles and/or shotguns; on a per capita basis, Canadians own nearly as many rifles as Americans.

Myth 2. “CANADIANS WANT MORE RESTRICTIVE ‘GUN CONTROL’ LAWS”

On the contrary: more than 90% of Canadians do not believe that stricter ‘gun control’ laws are a solution to violent crime, and two-thirds of Canadians believe that passing more severe laws over legitimate gun owners will have very little influence on criminals. Eighty-eight per cent of Canadians favour severe penalties for crimes involving firearms; only 8% favour increasing restrictions over existing firearm owners. Eighty per cent of Canadians do not support the confiscation of firearms from legitimate gun owners.

Myth 3. “REDUCING THE NUMBER OF GUNS WILL LOWER VIOLENT CRIME”

Less than 0.3% of all the firearms in Canada is used for a violent purpose (violent crime, suicide or accident). Physical force, knives and blunt instruments are the most common ‘weapons’ involved in violent crime in Canada; firearms, of all types, are used in just 2%.

These are only portions, in each case.  There were certainly some surprises for me.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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