As elected leaders begin the dialogue, some facts are clear — there has been a massive increase in gun sales.
One of the deadliest shooting sprees so far this year took place on Friday when four people were shot to death in the Eastern Canadian city of Fredericton. Weeks earlier, a gunman opened fire on a bustling Danforth Avenue in Toronto, killing two and injuring 13 before turning the gun on himself.
In Toronto the gunman used a handgun. It is not clear how the suspects obtained the guns.
In the United States, by contrast, four in everyresidents are killed with a gun, or almost 13, annually. The government is open to considering tougher ones after Toronto called for a ban on handguns in the wake of the Danforth shooting, said Bill Blair, the minister charged with tackling gun violence.
But any move by the Liberal government to more heavily regulate ownership could prompt a backlash by the opposition Conservatives, who tend to do well in rural areas where hunting is popular and many farmers have guns. Canada requires residents to obtain a license and pass a safety course to buy a gun.
According to the Firearms Commissioner, more than 2 million people have such licenses in a country of 36 million. There is a national registry of handguns and other restricted and prohibited guns. The government ended a similar registry for long guns such as rifles in due to its unpopularity with gun owners and conservative voters.
Under proposed legislation, retailers would keep records of everyone who buys a long gun.
The National Firearms Association, a lobby group similar to the U. National Firearms Association Executive Vice President Blair Hagen said his group, which hasmembers, has been in touch with the opposition Conservative party and hopes to make gun control an election issue.What's the Solution to Gun Violence in America?
People aren’t wrong to note that gun violence recently overtook deaths by automobile as a cause of death in the United States, When I look. Sep 07, · It’s hard not to feel like we’re experiencing a surge of gun violence in the United States.
And we are – but there's something else that's important to know. Janet Tran Mrs. Anthony English March 6, A Closer Look on Gun Laws Guns: a privilege, or a right? With the rising gun crimes, the controversy of gun control laws faces arguments on both sides that question whether gun control laws benefit or hinder the United States.
The warring sides. Nov 21, · Watch video · This decline in gun violence is part of an overall decline in violent crime. According to the FBI's data, the national rate of violent crime has . Nov 16, · Most homicides in the United States are committed with firearms, especially handguns.
Homicides committed with firearms peaked in at 17,, after which the figure steadily fell, reaching a low of 10, in Gun-related homicides increased slightly after that, to a high of 11, in , before falling again to 10, in Gun violence and terrorism: The US spends more than a trillion dollars per year defending itself against terrorism, which kills a tiny fraction of the number of people killed by ordinary gun crime.