Mass shooting

Today is December 6th. In Canada, the day is the anniversary of what is known as the Montreal Massacre, a 26 year old mass shooting of 14 college women by a man who claimed a hatred of feminists. To Americans marking the anniversary of  the same mass shooting 26 years later unless you’re a family member  may seem crazy, but here in Canada these types of incidents actually cause change. The change in this case was more stringent gun laws as well as tactical change in the ways law enforcement responds to shooting incidents.

Canada has had 3 mass shootings between the year 2000 and 2014,while the U.S  has had 133 and, according to shooting tracker’so website,  353 in 2015 alone. I find this information to be horrific. If only because no laws have changed.

Even the language is markedly different. In Canada, we aren’t afraid to say the word massacre, which sounds much bloodier and more violent than mass shooting, which could be a lot of folks out for target practice. I am not sure why they seem so determined to make these incidents sound as pretty as possible south of the border, unless it’s to encourage the behavior. Judging from the numbers above, it seems to have worked.

Canada’s population is one tenth that of our neighbors to the south, so perhaps we are more likely to value human life as it’s not so prevalent here. It’s amazing what a little border means when it comes to the way, people think.

This past year I have been sickened by the number of “prayers”online in response to all of the slain Americans. Why pray when you have the power to stop it?


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