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Monday, June 30, 2014

When It Comes to Guns, the US Should Be More Like Canada, Not the Other Way Around

Posted by on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Every so often, I try to explain American politics to the good Canadians who read Prairie Dog, a great alternative weekly up in Regina. In this week's Prairie Dog, I maybe overstep my bounds as American explainer. I try to offer them some advice on gun violence:

I know you’re still reeling from the June 4 Moncton shootings, and maybe an American offering sympathy and support to Canadians on the issue of gun violence feels like a drug dealer showing up at the funeral of a teenaged customer who overdosed. But I also know that we share the same frustrations. After all, your Conservative government scrapped the firearm registry that was established after a Canadian man, possessed by the same hatred and misogyny as our Isla Vista shooter, murdered 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. I also read the Canadian Sport Shooting Association’s claims that Moncton was primarily a mental health issue and not a gun issue, and to me that sounds like the kind of bullshit, equivocating faux-conversations that happen in the U.S. after every gun massacre. Of course governments should help care for people with mental health problems. But governments should protect us from guns, too.

I hope you'll go read the whole thing. Even if you don't like my writing, the piece is topped with a beautiful illustration by Nigel Hood that you should definitely check out.


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Canada scrapped the "long-gun" registry...not the firearm registry...big difference.
Handguns are "restricted"...and registered.
Posted by Zinc Whiskers on June 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 2
The long gun registry was scrapped because it was a ridiculous money pit that showed absolutely no results. It's argument #1 against doing gun registration here.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on June 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
@2: WTF are you in CA & CO simultaneously?
Posted by Max Solomon on June 30, 2014 at 3:20 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 4
"Here" meaning the USA. Reading comprehension fail.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on June 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM · Report this

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