In its drive to open the world to more guns, the U.S. has now decided that our neighbors to the north are ripe for the picking. Mexico remains lucrative but why not invade a country with sensible gun laws. U.S. gun runners see a rewarding market in Canada where certain kinds of guns are hard to get because of stricter laws. Criminal groups and terrorists up north are finding a ready supply of weapons smuggled from the U.S. by “straw” buyers from Michigan to Florida.
In the years 2007 to 2011, Canada submitted 6,574 guns to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for testing; a small amount compared to the 99,000 guns sent by Mexico. However, virtually 100 percent of Canadian guns were traced to the U.S. with over half linked to a retail purchase as compared to Mexico where two-thirds were traced to U.S. manufacturers or importers, one-third to a U.S. retail purchase.
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The difference in violence between the two countries is obvious with the Mexican drug cartels wanting AK-47 assault weapons and the Canadians looking for handguns. They are used by drug rings, Asian ethnic groups, Mafia types and motorcycle gangs. The Canadian government decries the “comparative ease of gun purchasing in the U.S.” Former Toronto mayor David Miller commented: “For us, it’s a river of guns flowing north.”
Canada gun laws are specific in their regulations. As an example, in Canada the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law. No automatic firearms or certain type of handguns and no automatic or assault weapons. You must pass a background check, character references are required for a gun license, and records are maintained on gun ownership. Also, you must re-apply and re-qualify for a firearm license every 5 years. Training and testing are also required.
Now who could possibly find anything wrong with gun laws like this? Easy, the thugs at the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) and their collection of a few million member bootlickers who bow to the organization like the Oceania subjects to Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984. It’s pathetic but NRA head, Wayne LaPierre, has these poor souls right where he wants them. Sitting at the kitchen table making out checks to his group of goons.
And get this…you cannot carry a concealed weapon in Canada unless you are a part of law enforcement. What will all those helpless people on the street do when they have no NRA gun totin’ protection against the hordes of bad guys that are always lurking in the shadows to do them harm? Should American concealed carry nutcases come across the border to rescue those in distress? Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter.
And here are some figures that will blow your mind. I would like to see you gun worshippers deny these facts. In the last year that numbers are available, 2009, Canada had a total of 173 gun homicides compared to 11,493 in the U.S. OK, you said the U.S. population is much greater than Canada’s and you are right. Deaths per 100,000 people in the United States were 3.7 compared to only 0.5 in Canada. Figures don’t lie. Canada is safer with stricter gun laws.
There have been changes in the Canadian firearms program. One, you no longer must register non-restricted firearms. And it was decided to destroy all existing non-restricted firearms records. In case you are not familiar with Canadian gun laws, non-restricted firearms are rifles, shotguns, and any not referred to in the restricted category. Isn’t it interesting that these people have actually registered their handguns and no one has taken them away yet?
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So we’ve covered all the bases when it comes to sane gun control and proved without doubt that you can have gun laws that restrict gun ownership and still not have all-out gun violence on the streets. It is clear that a civilized country can still pass and maintain gun control laws that work, something that has to be initiated by its government. Are Canadians just smarter than Americans, or is it just a higher level of common sense? Whatever the case, it works.
If I had to put my finger on the U.S. problem it would be firmly pointed at the NRA. With their lobbying expertise, gun manufacturers that keep the till full, and a slew of loyal, if neurotic, members, they have pushed this country to the point where killings by guns is an accepted daily occurrence. All this is compounded by an inept Congress that is scared to death of Wayne LaPierre and his NRA bullies. The final blow is the fact that these screwballs think they are right.