Our northern neighbor has experienced increasingly stringent gun control regulations over the last few decades. "In the late 1970s, controls of intermediate strength were introduced. In the mid 1990s significant increases in controls occurred." I wonder how that's been working out for them.
The firearm homicide rate was 1.15 per 100,000 in 1977 and dropped to 0.50 in 2003 while the non-firearm rate went from 1.85 per 100,000 to 1.23 per 100,000 in the same time period.
Spousal homicides committed with firearms dropped by 77% for women between 1974 and 2000 and by 80% for men during the same time period.
The number firearm suicides in Canada dropped from a high of 1287 in 1978 to a low of 568 in 2004 while the number of non-firearm suicides increased from 2,046 in 1977 to 3,116 in 2003.
Shame on you America. With this example of what we could have with a little sacrifice and a little cooperation, I would think gun control laws would be welcomed by all. Instead, the ones who know about these things keep mum. Mum's the word when it comes to whether gun control laws can work or not.
What's your opinion? Do you think it would be worth the inconvenience to gun owners to have to get licensed and register their guns, if we too could experience these types of improvements?
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