Canada has an emerging gun problem.
The latest gun rampage in Toronto is proof of that.
And what happened in Toronto eerily is a reminder of what happens all the time in the United States.
Young male with a grudge goes on a shooting rampage and kills several people and many are injured.
And it happens in a nice neighbourhood – not in a drug infested area, not in a slum area.
The area where it all happened is one of the nicest one’s in Toronto – the Danforth also known as Greektown.
And let’s look at some gun stats for Canada – the latest available stats are from last year.
They will give you cause for concern.
Canadians have more than one million and restricted guns in their possession, most are handguns and Ontario has the highest number, 375,000 of them.
And that number has been increasing at a good clip.
In 2005 there were only 480,000 owned guns.
And this statistic will surprise you.
Canada has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world.
There is an estimated 12.7 million long and short guns in Canada.
That works out to 35.7 firearms for every 100 Canadians.
Furthermore, more than two million Canadians are licensed to own and buy weapons.
Canada has an emerging gun problem. And gun crimes are rising.
In 2017 they showed a seven per cent hike – the third year in a row those numbers have gone up.