1. What actually happened?
2. What determines whether a gun ban comes to pass?
3. What are the implications?
Canada has 3 gun categories:
- Restricted (registration, paperwork++, strict transport rules)
- Prohibited (haram)
By law the gov can edit the lists at will. Today they moved ~1500 guns from the first two categories into "prohibited".
History is full of examples of a general principle: you cannot survive as an unpopular minority. You have to get popular, become a majority, or both.
That's why we always say that culture-building is the high-order bit.
The recent mass murderer broke Canada's preexisting laws. The new ban wouldn't have changed a thing. But that didn't stop it.
Let's analyze ownership numbers in Canada.
"That brings us to 674,000 rifles affected by the 1994 AWB. That’s the constituency the ban had to overcome."
US pop in 1994: 263MM
2.6 guns per 1000 people.
61 affected guns per 1000 people. A *23x* increase since 1994. That's what "get popular, become a majority, or both" looks like.
The goal is creating, protecting, and growing the space for culture to flourish. Everything else serves that.
With possible Swiss and Czech exceptions, the US is the only country in the world with a (begrudging) legal agreement that common people ought to own weapons qua weapons.
Legally and culturally, the US will continue to carry the fire.
On the other hand, what's the starting point?
But there's cause for hope.
So yes, today the US is carrying the gun rights fire for the world. But the internet is nascent. Smartphones are barely 10 years old. Increasingly, sparks will spread where they've never been before.