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Gun Control in USA, Canada and Europe


Artikkel om forskjellen på våpenkontroll i USA, Canada og Europa.

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The United States is a huge country, with an enormous amount of murders committed by firearms every year. In Canada, the number of murders committed by guns is a lot lower, and the same goes for Europe.

 

In this essay I’m going to compare USA, Canada and different countries in Europe (mainly Norway) when it comes to rules about gun control, the difference in people’s attitudes towards guns and number of murders committed by firearms every year. I will end it with some of my own opinions on the results, and a conclusion with what I think can be done to lower the number of deaths caused by firearms.

 

In USA you can buy a gun almost everywhere. In “Bowling for Columbine”, we see Michael Moore go in to a bank, open an account, and receive a free shotgun.

 

In some states, like Texas, you don’t need a permit to purchase rifles, shotguns or hand weapons. You don’t have to register your gun, and you don’t need a licence. You don’t even need permit to carry rifles and shotguns. You only need that for hand weapons. Of course, there are some states that are a little bit stricter, like New York. There you’ll need a permit to purchase and to carry handguns. You also have to register your hand weapon, and you’ll need a license too. When it comes to rifles and shotguns, the rules are the same as they are in Texas.

 

If you want to buy a gun in Canada you’ll first have to pass the Canadian firearms safety test with or without a course forehand, and then you’ll have to obtain a license. Registration of all firearms is required in Canada, and there is no permit to carry handguns, except in a few specific circumstances like use in target practice or competition, and in certain jobs like money transportation.

 

In Norway, not even cops are allowed to carry guns on a normal day at work. To get a gun you have to take a course, and pass a test, the same as in Canada. You’ll also need a license. You have to register your gun, and keep it locked in, unloaded with the safety on. Ammunition has to be kept separately.

 

In The United States, especially south in the country, people love their guns. The country has a population of 281 million people and 200 million guns, of which 65 million are handguns. In 2002, firearms killed 28,663 people in America, which is an extremely high number, but on the other hand, America has an extremely big population. Therefore, you have to see the big picture, which this diagram shows perfectly.

 

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So, why is the death rate so much higher in the USA compared to these other countries? It’s a hard question to answer, and I don’t think anyone really knows. People blame the hard music, violent games and movies, etc. I will stick to Michael Moore’s explanation, fear. Americans are a lot more afraid then people in Canada, or various countries in Europe, perhaps with good reason. The USA has many enemies all around the world.

 

Terrorists threaten to attack the country almost on a daily basis, and incidents like September 11, are still on the mind of every American. While the number of deaths in the USA have fallen by 20 %, the news cover violence 600 % more now, than before.

 

It’s also very easy to get a gun in America. In some states, like Texas, almost everybody over the age of 18 can buy a gun in any normal store. Firearms is an ordinary thing in America, while in other countries, like Norway it’s a bit more rare, and many people look at guns as accessories to criminals.

 

USA has a very violent and war filled past, but so does many other countries, like Germany, Japan, France and Great Britain. However, I still think that the country’s past has a lot to do with how things are today. There’s a difference between USA and these countries.

 

While other counties have a violent past when it comes to war and similar things, America has both a violent past and present. The country still goes to war and still bombs countries in the Middle East.

 

The big question in all this is of course, how do we stop the killing? How do we lower the number of deaths caused by firearms every year? In countries like Norway, where the rules are very strict, all I think can be done is to raise the penalty for murder. 21 prison years (one year = 9 months) is nothing for murder, and when they in addition can get out after half the time if they act well. They won’t serve more than 8 years in prison all together. In my opinion, a human life is worth much more than that!

 

In countries like America, the entire culture has to change. People cannot love their guns as much as they do in America. It should be illegal to carry firearms; all guns should be registered, and kept locked in with ammo separately concealed.

 

It should also be harder to get hold of a firearm. When they hand out guns in a bank, you know that something is seriously wrong!


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fjollzzzz
11.01.2007 21:25

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Tusen takk! du redda prosjektet mitt Smile :-\) Smile :-\)


11.05.2009 21:18

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This is the most idiotic article I've ever read. I don't know what country you are from, but I wouldn't talk about your country as if I had a clue, if I didn't.

I am an American gun owner, I own my gun legally, and I would never commit a crime. The majority of crime in the US is committed by criminals who would not be allowed to legally own a gun in the U.S., and criminals don't follow laws to begin with, so making guns illegal only takes guns from law abiding folks like me, ensuring criminals have an easier time breaking the law.

Moreover, there are several factual errors in your article. For example, you mention that it is possible to get a carry permit for a gun in New York City. I live in the tri-state area, and I can tell you that this is absolutely wrong. The state may issue you a carry permit, but most times they do not. Pretty much, unless you are a cop, or an amored car driver, you are not getting a carry permit for NYC. Yet the stringent laws against gun ownership in NYC do not seem to stop it from having violent gun crime, committed by criminals who get their guns illegally. Similar situation in California, meanwhile LA has some of the worst gang violence.

In parts of the U.S. where guns are more easy to obtain, such as in the south, there is less crime, except for urban centers. And yes, there is crime, but there is crime everywhere. Better to be able to defend ourselves. True freedom is being able to protect yourself and your family, and not be reliant on the state to do it for you.

ØYF
01.04.2008 19:56

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KONGE!!! Very Happy :-D


24.07.2011 09:41

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ya... its the people who are willing to submit to a background check, have fingerprints taken, pay $125+ dollars for the license, wait 6-12 weeks, and be 21 years of age to own a handgun who do all the murdering. Those definitely sound like the criminal types to me. I mean the inner-city gang-bangers won't be affected by stricter gun laws, but at least we'll be safe from the law-abiding gun owners.

ThankYou
02.01.2013 15:02

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I am an American citicen myself, and i have to say that i agree with almost everything you said. since i was twelve years old my mom and dad had always something negative to say about guns. "you can kill yourself son" and "never in youre life use a gun". my dad and i went to several demonstrations against NRA. Why should anyone actually have guns. if the guns wasnt invented, how could there ever be a massacre?


11.05.2009 21:32

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I will say that from what I've seen over my life in this great country (The US), is that we probably have more crime because of culture. Racism, excess, violence on tv and gangs all play a role in it. I think American individualism probably plays the biggest role. We teach people to be individuals, that they can do anything and this empowerment has a dark side as well. Sometimes really bad people turn criminal if enabled as individuals, just like there are the bill gates', there are also the charlie mansons.

The problem isn't the guns, and if criminals can get guns illegally, I should be able to get them legally to protect myself. And thankfully the American constitution garuntees that I can.


11.05.2009 22:41

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8044826.stm
Read it and weep.


07.08.2009 09:35

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To bad you didn't have a better attitude to citizen gun ownership in 1940


28.08.2009 00:36

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American gun laws are daft,they allow criminals,fools disgruntled teenagers, the mentally disturbed etc to be armed to the teeth, no wonder there is so much violent crime.
However they are where they are if you passed european gun laws mr & mrs average would hand in their weapons, great i have no problems with them having guns! its the nutters who are the problem and they will still be armed while mr nice isn't!
In Ireland we have a problem with criminals intimadating witness' they are heavily armed joe public is not, not the case in the usa. The problem (an yes American friends it is a problem) is not as simple as we europeans think.


22.07.2011 22:03

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What an idiot this person is that wrote this article. Have ever been to America moron? It's the criminals that commit crimes moron, not the law abiding citizens. If a criminal was to threaten my life, I am not going to wait for the police to save me. Too late by the time they get there. I will protect my family. In 45 years of life on this planet, I have not had to call the police even once. I am prepared to defend my family and myself.

ZT
09.03.2012 22:52

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Okaaaaay?.. the person who wrote the artikkle was right. Who wants to live in fear, when u walk trought the streets?!.. you guys who wrote all this crap is because ya live in USA ( its a dammm lame country ) .. THEN why do u guys then think that America is the country where you got the hightest chance to die or get killed.. USE your brains!.. + other countries got racism too and all the other stuffs...


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