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Canada’s Trudeau Pushing “Assault-Style” Gun Ban After Mass Shooting

It’s unclear if the shooter even used a rifle.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pledging to outright ban what he calls “assault-style” weapons after a mass shooting in Nova Scotia with at least 23 fatalities.

Trudeau had pushed the gun control proposal previously, pushing for its implementation before the global coronavirus pandemic took up the political discussion. The rampage, which appears to be the worst mass shooting in Canadian history, has brought it back up to prominence.

Trudeau confirmed “we have every intention of moving forward on that measure[gun control], and potentially other measures, when parliament returns” when speaking at the Canadian government’s Monday coronavirus press briefing.

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However, Canadian police haven’t even confirmed if the Nova Scotia gunman, Gabriel Wortman, was using a rifle when he killed 23 people during an all-night rampage between Saturday and Sunday. Wortman elaborately disguised himself as a police officer, even going so far as to create a mock police car in order to pull people over to be executed.

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Wortman was finally neutralized when he was cornered by real Canadian police at a gas station, who took him out after a brief firefight.

Canadian police don’t typically carry rifles, and it seems more likely than not that Wortman used a handgun in his crimes. This would mean Trudeau would be calling to ban a weapon that Wortman didn’t even use in his running crime spree.

Magazine capacity for rifles is already restricted to five rounds under Canada’s strict gun laws. Trudeau’s planned gun ban would eliminate possession of AR-style rifles entirely.

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If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?

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No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales.  In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.

It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales.  A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.

Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.

Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.

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Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:

Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.

“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.

Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.

“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”

Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.

 

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