A great interview of Michael Moore yesterday on the Rachel Maddow show:
The first part is mainly focusing on a clip from Bowling for Columbine, about his success in getting Wal-Mart stores to stop selling ammunition. But of much more interest to me is the part beyond about the 7:30 mark on the video. Here he goes into why Canada, which has very widespread gun ownership and hunting like in the U.S., has only about 200 murders a year, while in the U.S. it is SO much higher. Why? Listen to the regulation of guns there! And it's just over the border, with a comparable culture in nearly every other way to the U.S., in most regions.
From Wikipedia firearms deaths by country data (link) (numbers = #/100,000 population per year):
Country -- Total firearm-related death rate-- Homicides -- Suicides -- Unintentional deaths -- Year
United States -- 10.2 /15.22 -- 7.07 -- 7.35 -- 0.59 -- 2004/1993
Canada -- 4.78 -- 0.76 -- 3.72 -- 0.22 -- 1992
(see link for explanation of data and cited studies)
Pro-gun folks, why else, other than tougher regulation, do you think their deadly shooting numbers are so low in Canada?