Gun con­trol on the ropes in Canada

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Grue­some ‘tar­geted’ home in­va­sion in Hamil­ton (May 10)

The photo of three heav­ily armed tac­ti­cal po­lice of­fi­cers could have been taken in Bal­ti­more, Chicago or Or­lando. With this grue­some home in­va­sion, Hamil­ton has ex­pe­ri­enced world-class city vi­o­lence. Home in­va­sions like this one, tar­geted or not, form the back­bone of the NRA’s ridicu­lous quest to have more and more peo­ple keep­ing guns in­side their city homes, even though those guns are sev­eral times more likely to be used in the sui­cide of a fam­ily mem­ber than to ac­tu­ally re­pel an armed in­truder.

That the in­trud­ers in this case were armed with guns speaks to how very easy it is to get guns in Canada, even semi-au­to­matic weapons. Gun con­trol is on the ropes here in Canada, and the feds are too dis­tracted or too gut­less to re­vive it. Un­til they do, stories like this one will be­come more and more com­mon, as will stories of po­lice of­fi­cers who are armed to the teeth draw­ing these mil­i­tary-style weapons, caus­ing sure kills or griev­ous in­jury. Ron Charach MD, Toronto

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