I think the Canadian view on US firearm laws, and correct me if I am wrong, is that they are too easy to obtain by people who cannot handle them properly. Sort of like giving a drivers license to someone who only knows what a steering wheel is. That perception is reinforced by the high rate of accidental firearm deaths down there.
I would like to call attention to facts about firearms accidents in the US. Contrary to the perception that there are a lot of gun accidents the statistic from the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Safety Council show the opposite.
• Firearm accident deaths have been decreasing for decades. Since 1930, their annual number has decreased 80%, while the U.S. population has more than doubled and the number of firearms has quintupled. Among children, such deaths have decreased 89% since 1975.
• Firearm accident deaths are at an all-time annual low, while the U.S. population is at an all-time high. Therefore, the firearm accident death rate is at an all-time annual low, 0.2 per 100,000 population, down 94% since the all-time high in 1904.
• Today, the odds are a million to one, against a child in the U.S. dying in a firearm accident.
• Firearms are involved in 0.6% of accidental deaths nationally. Most accidental deaths involve, or are due to, motor vehicles (39%), poisoning (18%), falls (16%), suffocation (5%), drowning (2.9%), fires (2.8%), medical mistakes (2.2%), environmental factors (1.2%), and bicycles and tricycles (0.7%). Among children: motor vehicles (45%), suffocation (18%), drowning (14%), fires (9%), bicycles and tricycles (2.4%), falls (2%), poisoning (1.6%),environmental factors (1.5%), and medical mistakes (0.8%).
The number of gun owners is also at an all-time high. The U.S. population is at an all-time high (294 million), and rises about 1% annually.5 Numerous surveys over the last 40+ years have found that almost half of all households have at least one gun owner. The number of privately owned guns in the U.S. rises by about 4.5 million per year.