This article is from the can.talk.guns FAQ, by Skeeter Abell-Smith firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
In 1990, 74% of all robberies involved weapons other than firearms.
The number of armed robberies for the period 1974 (prior to Bill C-51)
and 1988 has remained almost the same and any decrease in robberies
involving firearms has been counterbalanced by the increasing use of
other weapons. Victim injury is much more frequent, and
substantially more serious, if armed robbery is carried out with some
weapon other than a firearm. Other weapons require close personal
contact with the victim.
 Juristat Service Bulletin Vol.12 No.10, "Robbery in
Canada", (Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice
Statistics, May 1992) p.1, p.5.
 Ibid.,pp.1-4 and Robert J. Mundt, op. cit.
 Don B. Kates Jr. op. cit., p.121; and Juristat Service
Bulletin Vol.11 No.12, "Weapons and Violent Crime",(Statistics
Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Aug. 1991),