Guns: U.S. vs Canada

There’s this common meme spread to mislead people that the U.S. is so much worse than Canada in murders, so I wanted to show it in pictures (to help people understand). <!—more—>

Here’s a simple plot of the murder rates over time in Canada. What you see is that despite enacting gun control and registries in the 1950, 60’s and 70’s, gun murders continued to increase. In the 80’s and 90’s they came down a bit (but never to pre-Gun Control levels), and only by about the same that the U.S. did, during the same time. So regardless of whether Canada has fewer murders than the US for cultural reasons, we know that gun control didn’t help Canada’s gun murder rate (let alone the broader murder rate).


We can go further and compare the U.S. to Canada’s murder rates over the same time (despite dramatically different gun control legislation) and verify that Canada’s murder rates just seemed to loosely follow the U.S.’s — and during the 90’s on, while Canada was enacting gun control, the U.S. was removing it and enabling conceal and carry, eliminating assault weapons bans, and so on. Thus we know that Canada’s gun control didn’t help Canada outperform the U.S., despite taking away people’s liberty. The American way is better. Instead of us trying to be more like them, they should be trying to be more like us. 

Conclusion

So if you have a choice of taking people’s liberties, or giving them more of them, with no difference in homicide rates, then you have no excuse to take away people’s liberties.

Given the choice of forcing law abiding citizens will become victims in their own homes and businesses, or knowing that you can let them choose to defend themselves (without any impacts to homicide rates), I’d opt for letting them choose. Canada and other fascists who don’t trust their nieghbors (despite what the facts prove), opt for making their neighbors becoming victims. 

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