Canada shooting: Several dead in Fredericton، New Brunswick
Friday 10/August/2018 - 03:03 PM
Canadian police say at least four people have been killed in a shooting in the eastern city of Fredericton، New Brunswick، according to "BBC". They have advised residents of Brookside Drive to "stay in their homes with doors locked at this time for their safety". The public should avoid the area، they said. "We will provide more details as soon as we can،" city police tweeted. Authorities described the shooting as an "active incident". A local TV reporter said he heard four gunshots just after 07:00 (11:00 GMT). Nick Moore، a journalist from CTV Atlantic، posted video footage of the scene on Twitter، showing emergency vehicles outside a house.
Gun deaths on the rise Although much of the discussion around gun control in the United States and Canada has focused on assault-style rifles and semi-automatic weapons، handguns are responsible for the majority of gun-related homicides. In Canada، handguns account for 58% of all homicides involving firearms (in the US، that figure is 68%). According to Statistics Canada، gun violence has been on the rise since 2013، with the most of the increase attributed to a rise in crime outside of city centres. Gun deaths are also on the rise. In 2016، there were 223 firearm-related homicides in Canada، the highest it's been since 2005. More than half of these homicides were related to gang activity، according to the government's annual homicide report، with most of the deaths occurring in the cities of Toronto and Vancouver. In Toronto alone، there have been 228 shootings in 2018 so far، compared to 205 for the entire year in 2017 according to police statistics. Those shootings have led to 28 deaths، compared to 17 in 2017. In certain American cities، those numbers may seem trifling. If Toronto were in the US، it would be one of the safest cities: Toronto has a homicide rate of 2.1 per 100،000 compared to Chicago، which has a murder rate of 10.7. But some gun control advocates argue that it's time for Canada to stop comparing itself to its violent neighbour to the south. "One of the real challenges we have in Canada is Canadians compare themselves to the United States and feeling smug and complacent،" says Wendy Cukier، the president for the Coalition for Gun Control. Canada has significantly more gun violence than the UK or Australia، a fact that Cukier attributes to Canada's laxer gun laws and the greater prevalence of guns in Canada.