Gun Control in Canada. Speaks of how gun control is not in the best interest of society

Essay by Ian ClydeCollege, UndergraduateA-, May 1996

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An increase in gun control is not in the best interests of society, it just provides a false sense of security. Through out history governments have used guns as a scapegoat for their problems with violent crime. Guns are not the problem when it comes to society's problems with violence, people are. Guns do not commit the crimes people do. You must control the criminals in order to control crime.

The history of gun control in Canada has had a very profound affect on shaping the society we live in today. The first restrictions on firearms in Canada came in 1877 when a six month sentence was implemented for anyone possessing a handgun without fear of life or property. Then in 1892 a nation wide permit system was established for the ownership of small arms, such as handguns. Later in 1934 full registration of all handguns was established. These severe restrictions on handguns were the base behind the immense difference between the American and Canadian old west.

These handgun restrictions prevented people from carrying handguns in public unlike the Americans western frontier, where people felt they must own handguns for protection. This lack of handguns shaped Canada into a society which is less reliant on guns in comparison to the Americans. Later in 1957 a registration system was established for all restricted weapons. Then in 1961, 3 different classifications for firearms were introduced, prohibited, restricted and long arms. The Canadian gun control policy is one of the toughest in the world. Restrictions on handguns were tougher in 1892 then they are in some American states today such as Texas, where all one needs is a drivers license to buy a handgun. These strict gun control policies have a strong influence on making Canada what it is today.

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