Original Message:   A Canadian femme weighs on on the 'gun issue' in her country:

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May. 21, 2020 1:32 p.m.LettersOpinion
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Gun issue complex

many variables that go far beyond “ban guns, crime goes away”, “more guns = unsafe”

Gun issue complex

Re: “U.S. gun culture infecting Canada”, (online letters, May 20)

This is a complex, nuanced issue with many variables that go far beyond “ban guns, crime goes away”, “more guns = unsafe”, or “USA/NRA brainwashes people into wanting guns” simplistic reasoning.

Was the letter-writer “brainwashed” by the anti-gun lobby? Switzerland is one of the safest places on earth, and they allow the ownership of fully automatic weapons. The safest places in the U.S. are, ironically for the letter-writer, areas with fairly permissive gun laws; for instance, Maine, which has a very low overall crime rate and is a “shall-issue” jurisdiction for concealed carry permits for self-defense.

It should go without saying that criminals don’t want to be shot, but this point was driven home when someone asked the guy who sheltered the Nova Scotia shooter’s girlfriend why the shooter did not come to his house. The reply was basically, “He knew I have guns.”

April J. Gibson

Duncan


Barry Hirsh
I understand April's frustration, and being a free citizen of the U.S. I sympathize with her plight.

However, one must be careful when citing the Swiss as an example of a society where ownership of fully automatic weapons is permitted, because it's not quite true. Those in possession of select-fire military firearms must keep them stored without ammunition, and must be active members of the militia. After their contract to service expires, they may keep those firearms, but they must be converted to semi-auto only, and in neither case are they allowed to keep ammunition. When at the range for training/practice/qualifications, they sign for a specified amount of cartridges, which must either all be used, or any remainder surrendered back to the range.

The devil is in the details.


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