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13. What about firearm accidents in Canada?




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This article is from the can.talk.guns FAQ, by Skeeter Abell-Smith ab133@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca with numerous contributions by others.

13. What about firearm accidents in Canada?

Despite the increase in population and firearms, the Canadian per capita
firearm accident rate has fallen steadily since 1933 -- when stats were
first recorded -- from more than 1.5 to about 0.25 fatal accidents per
100,000 persons.

The largest drops have occurred since volunteers such as myself started
teaching firearm/hunter safety courses to others. (The drop is not
explained by "safe storage" laws, since those rules only came into
effect after 1991, and many people are not even aware of the new rules.)

Note also that US per capita firearm accident rate has dropped at
roughly the same rate and times as the Canadian rate. The US National
Safefy Council reported 1,400 fatal firearms accidents in 1995. That's
an all time low of 0.5 per 100,000 population. Since 1930, the US per
capita firearm accident rate has fallen to less than a quarter of what
it was.

 

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