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January 24, 2006

Recently, Canada has blamed the United States for its dramatic increase in violent crime; but the problem isn't Americans illegally running guns to Canada, but Canadian criminals illegally importing guns from wherever they can get them, says Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.

Canada's experience simply demonstrates that no matter what kind of gun control law a government passes, that law is doomed to failure because instead of keeping guns out of the wrong hands, it disarms the wrong people, says Gottlieb.

According to researchers:

  • Canada's overall crime rate is now 50 percent higher than the crime rate in the United States; since the early 1990s, crime rates have risen in six of the 10 Canadian provinces and in seven of Canada's 10 biggest cities.
  • In 2003, the violent crime rate in the United States was 475 per 100,000 people, while up north, there were 963 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
  • The figure for sexual assault in Canada per 100,000 people was more than double that of the United States, 74 as opposed to 32.1, and the assault rate in Canada was more than twice that of states, 746 to America's 295.
  • In 2005, Toronto had 78 murders; that's a 28 percent increase in homicide since 1995.

Moreover, this shift in crime rates between the two countries has occurred while dozens of U.S. states have adopted "right-to-carry" and "shall-issue" handgun laws. During the same period, Canada's gun laws have gotten more restrictive, with the national gun registry being implemented, says Gottlieb.

Furthermore, the disparity in crime rates says it all about how well gun registration works to stop crime, as opposed to actually carrying guns to deter criminals, and fight back if necessary, says Gottlieb.

Source: Alan Gottlieb, "As the crime situation up north goes south," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 20, 2006.


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