More like the rest of the world has more than a grain of sense in their heads. Other places around the world, pistols aren't even legal to own (New Zealand), and shooting injuries are far lower per 100,000 people. Maybe the US and Somalia aren't as enlightened as the rest of the world when it comes to firearm safety and ownership
Maybe some of we Americans are enlightened as to the fact that the police are only minutes away when seconds count to save your life. You'd think that with the mass killings going on around the world where not one citizen has a weapon to protect themselves and others, that self-satisfied smug people might start taking another look at the height of their horses.... and asking themselves exactly what is enlightened about surrendering the right to self-defense.
In other high-income countries, gun homicides are unusual events, even with the recent increase in terrorist activity. In the US, gun homicides are a significant public health concern. For men 15 to 29, they are the third-leading cause of death, after accidents and suicides.
With guns being as common as they are in the US, with a very low bar for access to guns, I'm not surprised at the frequency of Americans getting caught whenever they go overseas with firearms. The rest of the world does not take lightly the possession of firearms in their country, and tightly control access and availability of firearms.
Witness how many times Americans get caught at the Canadian border with undeclared firearms (with the charges that result) as I noted before, and it is getting to the point where CBSA launches frequent awareness campaigns in American media outlets to warn American travelers to leave their guns at home. A couple of CBSA officers I know of that work the land border crossings tell me about the frequency of them turn Americans away when the visitor tells them they have a gun in the vehicle. It happens way more often than you think.
Regarding the posts upthread about crossing into Canada with firearms: (Sorry, the quote feature somehow isn't working for me):
Does Canada now allow entry of firearms by sea or by air at all?
Yes they do. They are quite restricted, though. Rifles and shotguns for hunting purposes have to be declared on entry. Handguns are much harder. You must be at least a seasonal resident and have a Canadian firearms ownership license (PAL). You might also be able to get in if you are going to an official target competition and have paperwork proving it. It's something that has to be planned well ahead of time. Your best bet, if you are ever in that situation again, is to find a local gun dealer who will take your gun in for "cleaning".
For a unrestricted firearm, you will need form RCMP 5589 Non-Resident Firearm Declaration
, with a $25 dollar processing fee, plus a valid reason for bringing the weapon into the country (e.g. hunting, use in competitions, repair, re-enactments, in-transit movements, and protection against wildlife in remote areas).
For a restricted firearm, you will need the above, plus a authorization to transport, which you will need to get from the Canadian Firearms Program or from the nearest CBSA office.
Prohibited firearms, devices and weapons are just that; prohibited. Not allowed into Canada, period.
Most other countries don't have guns to begin with, so there is less danger. Then you have countries like Australia who used to be like the US and realised that it was madness and changed their laws and severely restricted firearm ownership.
Thank you. That is exactly my point
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