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MONTREAL — Canada bans most guns and has a minuscule number of gun-related homicides a year. But, worried about smuggled firearms from the United States, its government is preparing to stiffen its already tough gun laws and step up border surveillance.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised new regulations and a string of measures to counter gun smuggling, which is regarded here as a dangerous problem underscoring the United States’ much looser firearm laws.


The move comes as police have discovered an increased number of high-powered handguns, semiautomatic and automatic weapon s in Canadian cities.

Since 2005, Toronto has had the worst of it. As gun battles broke out across the city between rival street gangs that year, innocent people got caught in the crossfire.

Jane Creba, 15, was killed when gang members began firing through Christmas holiday crowds downtown. The high school student became a symbol of what came to be known as the Year of the Gun.

Homicides in Toronto spiked to 80 in 2005, from 64 in 2004, and the majority were shooting-related. About 70 percent of the guns used were handguns and automatic weapons smuggled from the United States, police say.

Since then, the number of shootings has decreased, but the danger still lurks. How many trafficked guns cross the border is unknown. But the Canadian Border Services Agency said there has been a continued increase in gun seizures. In 2012, agents seized 226 illegal weapons (mostly handguns). By 2015, that figure had risen to 316.

Toronto police last month responded to the threat posed by high-powered firearms by announcing that the city’s 17 precincts would acquire 50 semiautomatic, short-barreled assault rifles, raising fears about the militarization of Canadian police.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters in December that police had seized 11 machine guns, adding that he was worried about officer safety.

Yet compared with the United States, the incidence of gun violence in Canada is almost minute. The latest figures, from 2014, show only 156 gun-related homicides in Canada compared with 10,945 in its more populous southern neighbor.

Homicides in Toronto spiked to 80 in 2005, from 64 in 2004, and the majority were shooting-related. About 70 percent of the guns used were handguns and automatic weapons smuggled from the United States, police say.

Since then, the number of shootings has decreased, but the danger still lurks. How many trafficked guns cross the border is unknown. But the Canadian Border Services Agency said there has been a continued increase in gun seizures. In 2012, agents seized 226 illegal weapons (mostly handguns). By 2015, that figure had risen to 316.

Toronto police last month responded to the threat posed by high-powered firearms by announcing that the city’s 17 precincts would acquire 50 semiautomatic, short-barreled assault rifles, raising fears about the militarization of Canadian police.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters in December that police had seized 11 machine guns, adding that he was worried about officer safety.

Yet compared with the United States, the incidence of gun violence in Canada is almost minute. The latest figures, from 2014, show only 156 gun-related homicides in Canada compared with 10,945 in its more populous southern neighbor.

These could include hand-held X-ray devices or much larger machines that a vehicle would drive through. Canada already uses these devices for containers and commercial vehicles in its busier border stations.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/us-gun-problem-is-creeping-into-canada/2016/02/13/a28cd1e4-c388-11e5-b933-31c93021392a_story.html?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_headlines

Canada having problems with Gun violence; blames America.

Learn to take responsibility for yourself, Canada.
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Canada has gangs?
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"Learn to take responsibility for yourself, Canada"

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Guns for Canadian Scotch-whiskey........sounds like a fair trade to me.
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I can't wait to see what happens when our entire continent is neutered.

When they try to take the guns from America, there will be a lot of unrest - and Obama will enact martial law. He'll get his third term in office and the 99% will be literal slaves instead of just figurative slaves. What really sucks is that the whole world will be on this boat.

I hope the thoughts I just put into words are wrong, but it seems like the entire world is ducks in a row. I don't care if you hate guns or if you love them - if people with guns are threatening you, you're going to need them to have a glimmer of hope.

These are depressing times.
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I bet they could really use a WALL right about now...
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The moment humanity created guns, we undoubtedly set a time and date for our inevitable downfall. The moment we created a power that gives any man woman or child ultimate control over mortality, makes me wonder what else we are going to see in the future. Oh well, humanity always had a joy for creating destruction, the more powerful, the better.
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Way to go Canada. I hope this works for you. Will help make things much clearer if it does.
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Americans ruining Canada and shif
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VeggyZ wrote:

I can't wait to see what happens when our entire continent is neutered.

When they try to take the guns from America, there will be a lot of unrest - and Obama will enact martial law. He'll get his third term in office and the 99% will be literal slaves instead of just figurative slaves. What really sucks is that the whole world will be on this boat.

I hope the thoughts I just put into words are wrong, but it seems like the entire world is ducks in a row. I don't care if you hate guns or if you love them - if people with guns are threatening you, you're going to need them to have a glimmer of hope.

These are depressing times.


I'm still waiting for him to start with his persecution of Christians and his enforcement of Sharia law
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Poor Canada...

I have some really annoying noisy neighbors living next door to me right now. So now I know how Canada feels XD
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jane and finch in gta is kinda bad for it
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Canada has gangs?
Canadians can be violent?
Canada blames some of its' gun violence on the US?
Huh.
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Canada has a problem with smuggling guns. Keep your guns all of them.
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VeggyZ wrote:

I can't wait to see what happens when our entire continent is neutered.

When they try to take the guns from America, there will be a lot of unrest - and Obama will enact martial law. He'll get his third term in office and the 99% will be literal slaves instead of just figurative slaves. What really sucks is that the whole world will be on this boat.

I hope the thoughts I just put into words are wrong, but it seems like the entire world is ducks in a row. I don't care if you hate guns or if you love them - if people with guns are threatening you, you're going to need them to have a glimmer of hope.

These are depressing times.


Oh for fuck's sake...

....Obummer ain't taking your guns. The NRA and the American public would rather watch the slaughter of innocent people in your local elementary school than put the tiniest bit of gun control.


Canada is about to learn from America Nii-san all about glorious guns and freedoms!


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