I’m a Western Canadian guy from a part of Canada that embraces the gun culture. I live in a region where a firearm is a valuable tool for farmers and outdoorsmen. The big difference is that we live in a country with restrictive handgun laws-and I can live with that fact.
Our rules prevent owners from everyday carry. They are only supposed to carry the weapons from a gun club to their homes in the most direct route possible. This law has been on the books for many decades, so we are used to the idea.
But the US is a completely different program because the handgun genie is out of the bottle; dead, long-buried, and now just a famous ancestor for its great-great-great grandchildren.
The issue in your country has always boiled down to two contentious issues of Constitutional rights; a right to bear arms and a right to defend one’s family and property. The hairsplitting on who’s right and who’s wrong in a Constitutional sense is kind of a dead issue, in view of massive legal gun ownership of all styles of firearms. The winner of this argument will not change the reality of guns in America.
So an outsider like myself is left with a bird’s-eye view of the American gun issue. A ban on handguns would produce a serious black market with Capone-like profiteers in the middle of this new Prohibition. Right now these guys are likely middlemen for weapons that are currently in use in the free-fire zone south of the border in Mexico.
Your weapons have also surfaced north of the border in my country where gang warfare is alive and well in our bigger cities. We are not thrilled to have an abundance of illegal weapons in our country via your country, but that again is a reality. We only hope that our lowlifes get to be better shots so they only kill each other instead of a random number of innocent bystanders. Unfortunately they have proven to be terrible shots so far.
The current government has plans to make gun crimes into a very long prison sentence in Canada. That is the second best answer to their timely deaths by other lowlifes.
The Arizona situation is just the latest in a long series of similar situations in your country. “Going postal” is too narrow a term because of the places and people involved in these massacres in the US. It will happen again and again-and it will be debated again and again by both sides.
It does make me happier that we have measures of control on Canadian firearm ownership that may have prevented easy access to weapons by nut-bars in our country. But as I’ve said before on this site, if I lived in the United States, I would be well-armed and trained in use of same. Because that genie ain’t coming back anytime soon.