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Gun Control

             The issue of gun control and violence, both in Canada and the .
             United States, is one that simply will not go away. If history is to.
             be any guide, no matter what the resolution to the gun control debate .
             is, it is probable that the arguments pro and con will be much the .
             same as they always have been. In 1977, legislation was passed by the .
             Canadian Parliament regulating long guns for the first time, .
             restructuring the availability of firearms, and increasing a variety .
             of penalties . Canadian firearms law is primarily federal, and .
             "therfore national in scope, while the bulk of the firearms regulation .
             in the United States is at the state level; attempts to introduce .
             stricter leglislation at the federal level are often defeated". .
             The importance of this issue is that not all North Americans .
             are necessarily supportive of strict gun control as being a feasible.
             alternative to controlling urban violence. There are concerns with the .
             opponents of gun control, that the professional criminal who wants a .
             gun can obtain one, and leaves the average law-abiding citizen .
             helpless in defending themselves against the perils of urban life. Is .
             it our right to bear arms as North Americans? Or is it privilege? And .
             what are the benefits of having strict gun control laws? Through the .
             analysis of the writings and reports of academics and experts of gun .
             control and urban violence, it will be possible to examine the issues .
             and theories of the social impact of this issue.
             Part II: Review of the Literature .
             A) Summary .
             In a paper which looked at gun control and firearms violence .
             in North America, Robert J. Mundt, of the University of North .
             Carolina, points out that "Crime in America is popularly perceived [in .
             Canada] as something to be expected in a society which has less .
             respect for the rule of law than does Canadian society." . In 1977, .
             the Canadian government took the initiative to legislate stricter gun .

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