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One Youth Shot Daily In Ontario Despite Strict Gun Laws

March 28, 2017

The province of Ontario, Canada has what many would call very strict gun control laws, but a new study conducted by the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports that at least one youth is shot every day in that province.

“A child or youth injured by a gun each day in this province is staggering,” said the lead author of the study, Dr. Natasha Saunders.

Saunders believes this should serve as an incentive for physicians to be more involved in conversations about firearms with their patients.

The study concluded that Canadian-born youths are prone to accidental shootings, immigrant youths are more prone to being shot intentionally, youth in rural areas were more prone to accidental shootings and youths in urban locations were prone to assaults with firearms.

Canada employs a standard of gun control measures and rely on that for citizen safety. This includes criminal background checks, mental background checks, and licensing requirements for gun ownership that include domestic abuse checks. In fact, prior to licensing, interviews with next of kin are often conducted as well.

Even with the strict measures, Ontario sees at least one child shot each day. These are the same laws that failed to stop an attack in Quebec in late January where six were killed and eight were wounded. Similar to the standards used in some European countries with restrictive gun control laws, attacks like the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris still occur.