Gun violence in Calgary.

WeaponsSeizureCouttsBorderJan8-2009

Calgary has seen a epidemic of gun violence this week and over the last few months, yet Canada has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world so what is happening. It sure isn’t the legitimate gun owners who are the problem.

For a Canadian to possess a gun they must complete a safety course and have a background check. Those with criminal records are not allowed to own guns. Having the proper approvals they must present the documentation at the time of the purchase. Guns can be sold only through licensed dealers and not at flea markets. Even private sales have to meet this criteria. Gun owners are required to notify the police of a transfer of ownership. This applies to rifles and shotguns. Military weapons, machine guns, full automatics and others are completely restricted. Handguns are totally restricted unless a person has a special permit to have one. These are extremely difficult to obtain. Gun owners are also required to keep guns properly stored under lock and key. Ammunition must be stored separately under lock and key.

Well I hate to tell you this but bad guys aren’t going to get permits to have guns. I can see it now. Joe Gangmember getting ready to do a drive-by shooting tells his boss gee I need to get a permit otherwise the hit is off. God forbid I go stick-up that bank without proper permits. Yeah right.

Simple Answer – keep the guns out of the hands of criminals. That`d be a start. Easier said than done, but we have to try. How to do that is a big question, but the police and justice system better start figuring a way. We are reverting to our wild west days and someone is going to get hurt or killed besides the bad guys. You know when it comes right down to it I don’t care if bad guys kill bad guys, that’d be a good thing, but the bullets fly in public places and hurt innocent people. So unless we can get the bad guys to kill each other in a private place away from the public we need a solution.

The bad guys get guns from two main sources. First from break-ins or thefts from homes and businesses where there are firearms. Second from other criminals who smuggle them in from the neighbouring USA where gun laws are much looser. Handguns are easy to obtain in the USA. It is illegal to bring them into Canada, but that is obviously happening and on a large scale. Every once in a while we read of a seizure of guns at the border crossings, but the authorities can`t catch them all. So here`s some suggestions for the police and justice system.

Potential solutions to these shootings in the city,
– increase scrutiny at the border crossings.
– charge gun owners who don`t store firearms and ammo properly.
– clamp down on break and enters, especially where firearms are known to have been taken.
– concentrate police resources on criminals known to use firearms.
– deny bail to those who use firearms in the commission of a crime
– increase penalties to perps who use firearms in the commission of a crime.

We need answers. Do you have any ideas? I`d love to hear them.

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5 Responses to Gun violence in Calgary.

  1. From what I’ve read in articles recently, police have stated that during an economic downturn, criminal enterprise (particularly drugs) gets squeezed as less people purchase them, provoking gangs into turf wars to take control of a dwindling pie. I would think that more resources to help keep people (kids, teens, etc.) from joining gangs, and from needing that sense of belonging to a gang to make them feel important, is a good use of resources. I’m not sure how the police/justice system can keep guns from getting into the hands of criminals, but figuring out how to stop or stem the flow of weapons from the USA and other areas of of the country, etc. might be a good start. Find the source of the weapons and stanch it.

    • And I’d note that perhaps legalizing marijuana might be a good step; bringing that under federal control, including taxes (some of which could contribute to resources), and eliminating a source of wealth for gangs. (would have edited my comment, but couldn’t.)

      • stamperdad says:

        Alyssa thanks for the comments appreciated. Some good ideas. Agree that legalizing weed will help. Also the social agencies need more resources to reach out to those vulnerable in society and being lured into drug use and gangs. Police need to focus more on crime itself, although they are trying hard to do community policing.

  2. I’m surprised to read this is happening in Calgary. I thought gun violence was only an American problem. I agree with your suggestions. but I don’t understand why humans are so violent. I don’t think its an economic problem. There’s plenty of poor people who don’t act that way. Having lots of stuff won’t make us happy either. I think its a moral issue.

    • stamperdad says:

      Ingebird thanks for the comment. Most of it stems from drugs unfortunately. Seems to be happening everywhere these days.

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