Canada Bans All Assault Weapons After one of the Deadliest Shootings in its History

Written by Joaquin Cruz (News Writer)

Recently as of April 18th, Nova Scotia, Canada went through one of the deadliest shootings in its modern history, with a death toll of twenty-two from a fourteen-hour long rampage, and soon after all assault-style weapons were banned.

Starting on Saturday, the gunman (fifty-one-year-old Gabriel Wortman), had begun the shooting after assaulting his girlfriend. The girlfriend had escaped the situation by escaping through the nearby woods. As this was happening, Gabriel had been wearing RCMP clothing and driving in what would appear to be a police vehicle(more of a bulkier type.)  According to the girlfriend, and the RCMP Superintendent, Darren Cambell, he had a list of multiple victims that he would be targeting. At the time he was known to have multiple guns and lots of ammunition at the ready, specifically being in his vehicle before the rampage would have begun. After information was given on the gunman from the girlfriend to police, the fourteen-hour rampage had already begun. Not only were people being shot, but many had also been found to have been run over and even brutally set ablaze. When he first left his home, he had pulled over two victims setting up as a policeman then fatally shot one of the two. Along the way of targeting certain victims, he had also killed others not a part of the list made. One of these victims are Const Stevenson, a twenty-three-year-old veteran of the force in Canada, as well as a mother of two. Another was Heather O’Brien, a caring person and helper for the elderly with the non-profit Victorian Order of Nurses who had been helping during the corona-virus lockdown before she was shot down by Gabriel. 

After the events of the fourteen-hour rampage that had killed twenty-two people, the prime minister, Justin Trudeau had made multiple statements about the event that would then lead to the ban on any/all assault-style weapons. “You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer,- These weapons were designed for one purpose, and one purpose only, to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada,” said Trudeau. “So, effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.” As stated by Trudeau, the phrase of “thoughts and prayers” was no longer enough and that action must be taken. 

When looking into the identification and licenses of the guns owned by Gabriel, only one gun was found to be traced back to Canada while the rest were illegally owned. Upon investigation, policemen believe that a majority of the guns found were bought or stolen from the U.S, and brought over to Canada. The new gun law for Canada makes a very huge improvement to the country, and not only that but also on Trudeau’s words. During his re-election in 2019, he had promised to re-work the gun laws to become a lot more stable and safer for the citizens. This would be done to help the very hard hit gang filled cities specifically, as well as for those who would have to live around a person as brutal as Gabriel.


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