Tuesday, September 12, 2006

24 Canadians killed in 9/11. 816 Canadians killed by guns in one year

Image source: thefiller.ca

The risk of death by gunshot has been cut in half in Canada and is far smaller than in the United States, Statistics Canada says.

In a study issued on Monday, the federal agency notes that Canadian gun-control laws have been stiffened in recent decades and gun registration has been made compulsory, but it draws no conclusions about the cause of the falling death toll.

Guns seized by Toronto police in February 2005. Guns seized by Toronto police in February 2005.

It says that 816 people — 767 males and 49 females — died of firearms-related injuries in Canada in 2002, the most recent year examined in the study. This represented 2.6 deaths per 100,000 population, down from 5.9 per 100,000 in 1979, it said. [source]

816....in one year. And that's a reduction in gun deaths.

24 Canadians killed in 9/11 {Source}

"As the events of September 11 so clearly illustrate, the horrors of the world will not go away if we turn a blind eye to them, no matter how far off they may be," he added. - Prime Minister Stephen Harper

It's a shame he's turning a blind eye to gun deaths being cut in have at the same time fire arm registration became mandatory.

Now if only we could address our already lax gun laws and stop our border from being an open sieve for illegal US gun seeping into Canada...

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