Canada Guns

Did Canada's Looser Gun Laws Contribute to the Parliament Hill Shooting?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
John A. Tures

Twitter exploded with comments by people wondering how Michael Zehaf-Bibeau could get a gun in Canada. The myth is that private citizens can't own guns. While the country doesn't have something along the lines of a Second Amendment to the Constitution, citizens can own guns. That's because the Canadian system is more about licensing and registration than restriction. And even that's been watered down in the last few years.

Entitlement and Misogyny: Why Gun Violence Occurs

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Naomi Elana Zener

A growing sense of entitlement is leading to gun violence in the U.S. Many people think they are entitled to guns, and are entitled to control the lives of other people. But this isn't the case. Let's be clear -- in life, we are entitled to but one thing: our own lives. Apart from the air he breathed to help sustain his life, we are not entitled to anything else -- no person, no shooter, is entitled to kill anyone.

Why Canada Has Fewer Elliot Rodgers Than the U.S.

Diane Francis | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

It's time America looks up to Canada, where anyone can own a gun -- but licensing is properly managed with a process that takes weeks, requires applicants to show up in person and includes background checks and a personal safety-training course.

Alleged Gun Smuggler Caught At Abbosford Border

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - An American man accused of attempting to smuggle five firearms across the border into B.C. is facing charges.The Canada Border Serv...

Why It's Dangerous When Police Start Policing Themselves

Toula Drimonis | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
Toula Drimonis

Despite the many upstanding, ethical police officers out there, the force has given the public numerous reasons to question its conduct. There have been a number of high profile cases of alleged police brutality in Canada and Quebec, including the 2010 G-20 Toronto summit protests, the 2012 Quebec student protests, and the Robert Dziekanski taser incident.

Canada Exporting Arms To Places With Dubious Human Rights Records

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new bu...

Trying to Teach My Little Boy About War and Remembrance

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Around 10:45 a.m., I decided it was time to turn off Lego Stars Wars and turn our attention to real war, and all those who have fought, or continue to fight, for our freedom. First, I had to get Max Skywalker on board. He really had no idea what Remembrance Day was all about. My super-simplified explanation went something like this...

SavvyMom Roundup: Some Things I've Had Enough of

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This week I'll tell you five things I've had enough of lately, like school shootings, Miley Cyrus, Martha Stewart, hockey fights and bad skin.

Who Does Your Representative Represent?

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
Aaron H. Emery

It took four months to go from the tragedy of Newtown to the disgraceful lack of leadership that saw the United States Congress -- with its 15% approv...

2 Shot At Toronto Bank

CBC | Posted 06.21.2013 | Canada

A pair of armed suspects vaulted the counters of a TD Bank branch in Toronto's west end on Sunday afternoon, during a violent robbery that left one em...

Pay Up

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is ending a seven-year waiver on gun licence renewal fees next month in an effort to collect about $18 million an...

Change My Mind: Can Government Solve Toronto's Gun Violence Problem?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Marni Soupcoff

Barely a day goes by in Toronto, or any large city, without some reminder of the pain and damage caused by gun violence. While most agree it's a serious issue, the best way to address it remains a topic of considerable debate. Do we need more police? Better grass-roots community programs? Stricter gun control laws? In this latest installment of our popular series "Change My Mind," Huffpost asked two panelists from today's Direct Engagement Show "Putting the gunz down" town hall to debate the statement: Government can solve Toronto's gun violence problem.

Are We Too Comfortable With Gun Violence?

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

In February alone Toronto lost two more 15 year olds -- one, just this last Sunday. The apathetic, believe that acts of violence are so far removed that they're irrelevant, only the concern of certain ethnic communities or completely unsolvable all together. Time to start caring again.

Watching the Watchdog: Obama Has a Dream

Tim Knight | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada. Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago the people of the Unit...

The NRA Stands Behind Guns, Not Gun Owners

Kapil Khatter | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada
Kapil Khatter

The National Rifle Association (NRA) doesn't speak for gun owners, not even for its members. The NRA speaks for gun makers and gun sellers. And the message is simple: buy more guns. Not wanting to see the door cracked open even an inch, the NRA fights any and all restrictions on guns and actively works to loosen those that exist. A good starting position. Even if the NRA loses a skirmish here or there, the Guns "R" Us nation they've helped create is protected.

Tougher Licensing In Order For Canada And U.S.?

CBC | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver woman whose mother was killed in the worst mass school shooting in U.S. history says now is the time to talk about restricting or licensin...

Are Canada's Gun Laws Sufficient?

CBC | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Politics

A firearms expert says Canada's tougher gun laws likely help insulate this country from U.S-style massacres like the one in Connecticut Friday that sh...

No Time for Emotions, Let's Talk About Gun Control

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

What exactly is so "unthinkable" about Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, when it almost seems to happen on a regular basis? There is public outpouring of "sentiment" across all forms of social media and then...Nothing. It's time for the supposedly sentimental to drop the notion that this is not the moment for discussion, but rather the time for emotion and prayer. President Obama should not be crying, the flag should not be lowered; they ought to do away with temporary sentimentality, and finally take action regarding gun control. After all, with so many of these types of tragedies under their belt, shouldn't the Americans be rather immune to this sort of thing?

Quebec Gun Registry On The Way

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The Quebec government marked the anniversary of Canada's worst mass shooting by reiterating its intention to create its own gun registry.Publ...

Registry Shot, But Serial Numbers To Come Into Force

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government that earlier this year killed the long-gun registry now says placing serial numbers on rifles and shotguns contri...

Gun Crime Doesn't Pay -- In Fact, It Costs Billions

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Crimes involving guns cost Canadians more than $3 billion a year, suggests an internal Justice Department study that may stoke the gun-contro...

Canada's Gun Laws Are Far From Bulletproof

Francine Dulong | Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Francine Dulong

While I had long believed in gun control, its importance hit home for me after losing my mother at the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. Like many Canadians, I took some comfort in the strong Canadian laws and the seeming lack of comparable influence of the Canadian gun lobby compared to their NRA cousins in the US. However, the changes to Canadian gun laws over the past year show that this sense of comfort was naive.

What's Up With This Gun Swap?

CBC | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Politics

Owners of registered long guns are being encouraged to swap their firearms with each other to show that the data in the federal long-gun registry is "...

After Aurora, We Should Bring back the Long Gun Registry

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The Aurora shooting was a true tragedy. Sadly, all of the guns used in the massacre were purchased legally in the U.S. In Canada, we pride ourselves on being a peaceful and non-violent nation. For decades, Canadians have recognized the importance of remaining vigilant about gun control. But the passage of Bill C-19 -- and the abolishment of the long gun registry -- not only resulted in the loss of an important public safety tool, it also represented a step toward adopting more lenient gun control laws in Canada.

Violence And Vulnerability: Building A Sense Of Belonging For Youth At Risk

The Huffington Post Canada | Maya Hamovitch | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Impact

Could the "summer of the gun" be echoing through Toronto once again? That's something Toronto city councillors and community advocates feared in early...