Letter: Gun deaths won’t stop until gun control is prioritized

I remember the ground was lightly dusted with snow and Christmas lights lit up every classroom, when my mom picked me up from school and said, “A gunman is holding children hostage in an elementary school in Connecticut.” I sat in the back of my mom’s minivan in absolute disbelief and blinding devastation. Although I am older now and my mom has graduated from her minivan days, my paralyzed reaction to these incidents persists. Every time I am informed that a gunman has opened fire on civilians in a stadium or concert, or a school is under lockdown, I am unable to do anything but gape in bewilderment. For Canadians, this kind of violence is very difficult to grasp. Although […]

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Letter: Guns don’t cause violence

RE: Canada isn’t immune to gun violence, Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2016. Many in Canada seem to pride themselves on the tight restrictions this nation has on firearms. A recent letter in The Charlatan citing the La Loche, Saskatchewan shooting suggested still not enough has been done in this regard. Guns are simply not correlated with violence or homicide. If one correlates gun ownership rates or gun control rates with total homicide rates we see no correlation, or a statistically negligible one. Indeed, Vermont—the state with what is viewed as the weakest gun laws—happens to have one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Similar trends exist in Maine, New Hampshire, and most other states with loose gun […]

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Letter: Canada isn’t immune to gun violence

As a Canadian watching the tragedy of America’s gun violence unfold, it’s easy to write Americans off as crazy people who value their right to bear arms more than their own lives. Mass shootings are so common in the United States, they’re no longer surprising. According to the Violence Policy Centre, Americans are more likely to die because of gun violence than they are in a car crash in 21 of the states. Canada is often held up as a safer, more level-headed example. There are few instances when Canadians can feel smugly satisfied they’ve done something better than the United States, but having stricter gun regulations is one of them. Yet just three weeks after President Barack Obama delivered […]

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