It seems like every day, there’s someone on the news or the internet that’s dead set on voicing their opinions about America’s guns. The second amendment in our Constitution has become a hot button issue over the last several years as the media focuses more and more on the spree of mass shootings that have become commonplace in our modern society. Hey, no judgement on the right to bare arms; they’re baked right into the foundation of the country and they’re extremely important to a large percentage of law-abiding citizens who’ve simply earned the right to feel protected in their own home. Of course, that’s America; the rest of the world has tackled the gun problem in an entirely different manner. And since it’s sometimes helpful to view our own country through the lens of others’ experiences, here, for your consideration, are a few of the ways our international brethren have handled guns in their country.
1. Canada Is Close, But Stricter
Canadian gun laws are actually fairly close to America’s in terms of how they’re handled. The country’s capital, Ottawa, makes their own gun restrictions that can be modified by Canada’s provinces and territories. Those gun owners wishing to purchase a rifle or shotgun are required to be 18 years old, pass a background check, and take a public safety course. Anyone hoping to obtain a semi-automatic weapon needs to go through the federal government and a more rigorous testing process. What’s interesting is that although many Canadians have guns, they don’t tend to use them on each other like their neighbors to the south do. Canada’s firearm-related homicide rate is around seven times lower than the United States’ (3.5 per 100,000 population). You’re more likely to be shot to death in the U.S. than you are to die in a car accident in Canada.