Canada has a Gun Problem
by kimberlyS on December 2, 2017 - 5:25pm
The issue that is being discussed here, is the massive amounts of guns in Canada. Of course, as mentioned in the article, this country has far less guns than in America, it was said that Canada has about ten million guns therefore, about thirty-one guns per a hundred people whereas, America has about 310 million guns which gives one gun per person. Although, when discussing about gun security, it is taken into consideration that Canada is a way much safer place when compared to the United States. Even though, it does not result into less gun homicides. It was reported that between years 2009 and 2013, there were about 977 firearm homicides in Canada, while in the U.S. there were 56,000 gun homicides. It is a big difference because as it can be observed, there are much more guns available to Americans than to Canadians. The author continues by mentioning that by reducing the population's access to guns, it lowers the suicide risks. Of course, there is the debate that there are many other ways in which people use to kill themselves but a study found that fourty percent of individuals have spent only five minutes contemplating their death before shooting themselves. To continue, results show that Canada has more than 500 gun problems every year.
Overton believes that Canada has a real gun problem. The author follows by saying that we should not compare between the U.S. and Canada and see who has the most deaths resulting to the ownership of guns. He argues that everybody should be concerned, even the country that has a small amount of people who committed gun suicide. Overton continues by implying that solutions need to be found in order for people with mental problems to consult help and that something needs to be done about the issue of access to guns. He believes that if we address the gun problem, it is a first step to preventing many suicides.
I think that Overton is right, instead of only comparing how many people committed suicide with a gun in hand, we should take action. Many people suffer from psychological problems and cannot access mental health treatment, mainly because of the lack of money, fear of judgment. We need to find solutions to help these people therefore, there would be way less deaths. I think that the accessibility of guns should be way more controlled, especially for the sake of our youth. Unfortunately, some young teenagers may sink into depression without knowing what to do therefore, their first idea may be to find a gun and commit suicide. It is a very sad fact but more and more people, especially teenagers are falling into depression. They need support and help. To follow, there were many reports of school shootings because of angry and depressed students. Guns too often fall in the wrong hands therefore, I believe the accessiblity of guns should be extremely limited.
Do you think guns should be authorized in Canada?
Overton, Iain. “Canada Has a Gun Problem.” The Globe and Mail, 24 Mar. 2017, www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/why-canada-has-a-gun-problem/article2964....