Toronto first proposed it after July’s mass shooting. And on Monday, Montreal city council unanimously voted to request a federal ban on handguns across Canada. The Liberal government could reopen bill C-71 and make it happen. And with shootings atop so much of the news this summer, it feels like a logical move. After all, who really needs a handgun, right?
But how would the government go about implementing this? Would it actually make a difference? Or is this one of those measures that makes everyone feel better but doesn’t accomplish much? Manisha Krishnan of Vice takes us inside the world of gun control in Canada and what sort of data and policy might actually help stem the tide. Spoiler alert: Most Canadians don’t know nearly enough about the regulations already in place in their own country.