While Canada has a much lower rate of firearm death and injury than the USA, it has a much higher rate than the UK, Australia and Japan. We are fourth in the rate of firearm death among 22 industrialized OECD countries.
And there have been troubling trends in recent years: From 2013 to 2016, criminal incidents involving firearms were up 30%, gun homicides increased 60% and intimate partner and gender-based violence involving the use of a firearm was also up by one-third. And after decades of decline, rates of firearm suicides have increased year over year since 2012. We need to address the root causes of violence. We need strong responses from health care and justice systems. But we also need to reduce the chances that dangerous, hate filled people will get access to guns.