As we all know it’s a standard part of the American political debate that more restrictive gun laws will stop the terrifying spectacle of mass shootings. This has the merit, as an argument, of seeming plausible. If there are fewer guns out there then fewer people will go doollally with them.
It is not, however, as simple as that:
A man disguised as a police officer went on a 12-hour shooting rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, killing 16 people on Sunday, in the deadliest such attack in the country’s history. Officials said the suspected shooter was also dead.
Authorities said the suspected gunman – 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman – disguised himself as a police officer in uniform at one point and mocked up a car to make it seem like a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser.
Gun laws in Canada are restrictive. True, that might not meet the desires of everyone on the restrictive side but it’s certainly more than currently happens in the US.
That restrictive gun laws will stop massacres is, as yet at least, unproven.