View Full Version : Canada has a gun problem

04-17-2016, 11:59 AM
Canada has a gun problem. These five words are sure to inflame passions and set off intense disagreement among some Canadians. This is because the words challenge many Canadiansí view of themselves and what they believe to be their level-headed approach to firearm ownership.

After all, when it comes to guns, Canada is a haven of calm, social liberalism, isnít it? One that stands in stark contrast to the violent world of the neighbouring United States. Itís a view firmly laid down by Michael Moore in his film Bowling for Columbine and perpetuated, if nothing else, by the relative absence of debate about gun deaths in Canadian news media.

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.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 56,000 gun homicides in the United States between 2009 and 2013. Canada, during that period, tallied 977 firearm homicides, according to Statistics Canada.