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Old 08-20-2013, 03:40 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I've never been to Canada( closest I've gotten is New Sweden Maine about 15-20 mins south where my husband grew up) but he talked about not hearing about crime as much on Canadian tv as he does here. We had another school shooting in the US today and just a few weeks ago in our local news they talked about where you could purchase bullet proof panels for your child's back pack. Do Canadians worry about such things as much as Americans would? I admit I'm legitimately concerned for the day I send my daughter to school. Is the crime in Canada similarly violent to the US but just not spoken of as much or do u think this is am American ( comparing only the two countries not the world) problems?
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Canada
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No, not even close.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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Let's put it this way, bullet-proof backpacks are hard to find at the local Target....

We have had school shootings and school-aged kids committing murder against each other, but not on a "mass scale". Most people are more concerned for their kids safety I would imagine...this ain't the seventies anymore....no more hide and seek until midnight.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Gun crimes are nowhere near as close on a per capita bases. Violent crime is probably about the same, per capita.


Do I worry about it? Nope. Probably much like the average American, the average Canadian doesn't worry about it either.

I would say that it is your media taking these stories, and running with them for weeks on end that does your country an injustice on the world stage, and keeps a chunck of the American population in a tizzy about how "violent" your society is.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Vernon, British Columbia
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Nunavut has the highest murder rate in North America, where you are as likely to be shot dead as any inner city in the U.S. (You are 5 times more likely to be murdered in Nunavut than the U.S.)



Besides that, it's not too bad. The overall crime rate is higher than the U.S., but like the U.S. there are many, many places with low crime rates.

File:Crime Rate in Canada.svg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The safest cities are in Quebec and Ontario... Safety in numbers? - Canada - Macleans.ca
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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People have been committing crimes with what ever they can get there hand on for many centuries. People kill, weapons don't. People have stolen for as long as history has been recorded. People are the problem. I think it is in the genes. I know some of my high school class mates who were trouble makers in school that soon after graduation were in prison. One thing I do like about the Canadian system is, at least it used to be, the news media couldn't taint a jury pool. They reported the findings of the jury when the trial was over. That was the news.The media was not allowed to try and make the news pretrial.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:57 AM
 
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Is the crime in Canada similarly violent to the US but just not spoken of as much or do u think this is am American ( comparing only the two countries not the world) problems?
If a violent crime is committed in Canada the local news media will report it, occasionally it will make national news headlines and once in a while may even get to CNN, but in general you would have to tune into Canadian media outlets to get Canadian news.
In my opinion and i'm sure stats would concur that Canada comes nowhere even close to the daily carnage happening in the USA.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:27 AM
 
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Nunavut has the highest murder rate in North America, where you are as likely to be shot dead as any inner city in the U.S. (You are 5 times more likely to be murdered in Nunavut than the U.S.)
One can pretty much ignore the existence of Nunavut. It has like 30K miserable souls? Who cares how often one gets shot over there.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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One can pretty much ignore the existence of Nunavut. It has like 30K miserable souls? Who cares how often one gets shot over there.
I don't think that's the point.

The reality is that murder rates are calculated on a per 100,000 basis, so in places with low populations, going from 1 to 2 murders a year makes a huge difference in the overall murder rate.

That said, Nunavut (like many aboriginal communities in Canada) does have a violent crime problem for sure.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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To answer the OP:

Gun crime is through the roof in the US compared to Canada.

For violent crime the difference is not so dramatic but still quite a bit higher in the US.

Surprisingly enough, property crime is about the same overall and even higher in some big Canadian cities compared to some big American cities.
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