Issue Of Gun Control And Violence

The , both in Canada and the United
States, is one that simply will not go away. If history is to be any guide,
no matter what the resolution to the gun control debate is, it is probable
that the arguments pro and con will be much the same as they always have
been. In 1977, legislation was passed by the Canadian Parliament
regulating long guns for the first time, restructuring the availability of
firearms, and increasing a variety of penalties . Canadian firearms law is
primarily federal, and "therfore national in scope, while the bulk of the
firearms regulation in the United States is at the state level; attempts
to introduce stricter leglislation at the federal level are ...

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of having strict gun control laws? Through the analysis of the
writings and reports of academics and experts of gun control and urban
violence, it will be possible to examine the issues and theories of the
social impact of this issue.

Part II: Review of the Literature

A) Summary

In a paper which looked at gun control and firearms violence in
North America, Robert J. Mundt, of the University of North Carolina,
points out that "Crime in America is popularly perceived [in Canada] as
something to be expected in a society which has less respect for the rule
of law than does Canadian society..." . In 1977, the Canadian government
took the initiative to legislate stricter gun control. Among the
provisions legislated by the Canadian government was a "Firearms
Acquisition Certificate" for the purchase of any firearm, and strengthened
the "registration requirements for handguns and other restricted
weapons..." .

The purpose of the 1977 leglislation was to reduce the ...

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states that "Canadians are more deferent to authority and do not
support the use of handguns in self defence to the same extent as

As Mauser points out that "it has been argued that cultural
differences account for why Canada has stricter gun control legislation
than the United States"(575). Surprisingly enough, nationwide surveys in
both Canada and the United States "show remarkable similarity in the public
attitude towards firearms and gun control"(586). Both Canada and the
United States were originally English colonies, and both have historically
had similar patterns of immigration. Moreover, Canadians are exposed to
American television (both entertainment and ...

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