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Canada must criminalize all gun possession

By Vahan Kololian      

To get rid of gun violence, we need to address its primary cause: the availability of guns.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured at a July 24 House Immigration Committee meeting, proposed Bill C-71 earlier this year, which extends background checks and requires vendors to record details of sales. But Canada could go further than that to restrict guns in the country, writes Vahan Kololian. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Among developed nations, Canada has one of the highest levels of gun violence. The most telling comparison is with Japan, which has an absolute ban on handguns. Japan reports an average of 0.027 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people per year. Canada, by the same measure, has an average of 2.31. This is nearly 86 times that of Japan. The United States, predictably, has an average 10.67 firearm-related deaths per 100,000, almost 400 times the Japanese statistic.

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