Canadians who stockpile illegal weapons can have deadly intentions

As someone who was a White House correspondent when the Sandy Hook shootings happened in 2012, I am sickly familiar with gun violence and the vitriolic political arguments that erupt in the United States in the aftermath of horrifying mass killings – and result in zero action on gun control. Canada’s attitude about firearms was one of the most comforting aspects about moving back home in 2013. Thankfully, Canadians are mostly united on the need to ban assault weapons. The federal government’s reported determination to do so following the Nova Scotia shootings has largely been met with relief, not bitter partisan debate.

But today in The Conversation Canada, R. Blake Brown of Saint Mary’s University explains there is still a vocal minority of Canadian gun enthusiasts, and some Conservative politicians, who believe the registration of guns will lead to confiscation. They often argue that people who own unlicensed firearms are guilty of mere “paper crimes.” But as the terrible events in Nova Scotia show, those who possess and stockpile illegal weapons can have deadly intentions.

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