Special mention should be made for the latter [BB and Canuck], after all they have no interest in our gun laws or our marriage laws, but presented their comments just as though they did.
Sarah Palin is no more responsible for the deaths in Arizona than I am, or you are, and you know it.
Only one third of Canadian murders involve firearms. Most Canadian weapons are rifles or shotguns owned by rural property owners, hunters and target shooters, and are less likely to be used in crimes. Many types of weapons are banned or restricted in Canada. The two biggest provinces, Ontario and Quebec have had a long history of strict gun controls. Most of the users of these illegal firearms are youth in their teens and early 20s.
It is effectively illegal to carry concealed handguns in Canada. There is a permit that allows people to carry if they can prove they need to protect their lives but the permit is very rarely issued. Only about 50 permits had been issued in all of Canada as of 2000. In the same year there were approximately 1 million hand guns in Canada, compared to 77 million in the United States. Defensive use of firearms is uncommon in Canada.
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