Gun Ownership and Gun Control in Canada
The Oscar-won documentary ‘Bowling for Columbine’ has aroused people’s
awareness of gun ownership and gun control issues. Should gun
ownership be banned or should guns be controlled?
Does gun ownership create a violent society? The answer is not
measurable, however, from the firearm situation between America and
Canada, the answer is more obvious. America probably has the highest
rate of gun ownership in the world. In Canada, the percentage of
Canadian households with a rifle is approximately equal to the level
in United States. According to the statistics of gun murder rates
around the world from ‘Bowling for columbine’, America has 11,127 gun
accidents while Canada merely has 165. Is the number of gun ownerships
a main factor behind a violent society? Indeed weapon does not commit
crimes, the perpetrator does. As well, most crimes do not involve
licensed gun owners. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police estimated the
pool of illegal handguns in Canada to be about 50,000. Shockingly, in
New York City alone, conservative estimation put the number of illegal
handguns at over 700,000. Well, it seems the firearm problem in United
States is worsened by the illegal gun owners. So, who should own guns?
To the members of NRA (National Rifle Association), anyone who
interested in shooting should own a gun; however, guns are more
destructive weapons than knives. Therefore guns should only be
legalized for certain occupations or certain purposes. Occupations
such as policemen, bank or airport security guards and farmers should
be allowed to use guns. For leisure gun sport activities, guns should
be only used in the rifle clubs.
Should the United States look north for a solution to its firearm
problem? Despite having one of the highest rates of gun ownerships,
Canada actually has the lowest crime rate in the world. Well, a
uniform federal firearms control system seems far more important than
the number of gun ownership. In order to reduce the availability of
guns, strict regulations should be addressed. Any occupant who
conditionally needs a gun should acquire a certificate from both the
police and doctors. Personal and medical details of gun owner should
be honestly provided. According to the gun control system established
in Canada, Canadians who wish to purchase a gun must acquire a Firearm
Acquisition Certificate from the police. In order to obtain a Firearms
Acquisition Certificate, am applicant must provide identification and
background information, including addresses for the past five years.
Unlike some American states, applicants are not acquired to supply
medical information to the police.