A Mackenzie Institute Occasional Paper
Canadian Attitudes Toward Gun Control: The Real Story
Gary A. Mauser, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, &
Taylor Buckner, Ph.D., Concordia
The Mackenzie Institute, P.O. Box 338, Adelaide Station, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2J4, Tel: (416) 214-1388
The Mackenzie Institute
The Mackenzie Institute is an independent body for research and commentary on issues relating to organized violence and political instability. It concerns itself with a wide range of issues ranging from terrorism to conventional warfare, radical ideologies and political unrest to the processes of revolution, organized crime and espionage.
Since its 1986 inception, the Institute has built a reputation for intellectual integrity and a willingness to look beyond the trends of the moment. The Institute is dedicated to the proposition that individual rights and the liberal democratic tradition must be safeguarded at home and fostered elsewhere, and that these are the keys to peace, prosperity and freedom.
The Institute addresses two audiences, the general public through media interviews (about 150 a year) and general inquiries, and a specialist audience of professionals and concerned citizens through its publications. These include the Mackenzie Newsletters, Briefing Notes, Occasional Papers, and other communications. As a forum for ideas and an information clearing house, most of the work of the Mackenzie Institute is intended for the general public. Its work may be freely reproduced, so long as normal accreditation conventions are observed.
To preserve its independence, the Institute
does not accept grants from governments, nor is it affiliated
with any other body. All funding comes from individuals,
businesses and foundations - these being known as the Friends of
the Mackenzie Institute. Those who support its purposes are
encouraged to join their numbers. All supporters donating $25 or
more per year receive the quarterly Mackenzie Newsletter
and other papers.
Note: This paper is expected to be reproduced by some readers and might be republished by others. We encourage this. The Institute asks only that the reproduction and redistribution not be done for profit, that the whole of the paper be reproduced, and that the normal conventions of accreditation are accorded to the authors and the publisher. Permission is granted to excerpt for reviews and commentary. All other rights are reserved. Additional copies of this paper are available from the Institute for $8.00 plus postage per copy.
Canadian Attitudes Toward Gun Control: The Real
- Gary A. Mauser, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University &
Taylor Buckner, Ph.D., Concordia University (ret'd)
Back to Home Page
Table of Contents
Executive Summary 2
Chapter 1. Opening Shots
Chapter 2. Methodology of the Survey and Analysis
Chapter 3. Canadians and Firearms - Basic Values
Chapter 4. Knowledge and Salience of the Current Gun Control Laws
Chapter 5. Canadians' Perceptions of Problems and Violent Crime
Chapter 6. Opinions on the Utility of Gun Control
Chapter 7. Questions on the Registration of Firearms
Chapter 8. The Confiscation of Handguns
Chapter 9. Firearms Ownership
Chapter 10. Issues of Self-Defence
Chapter 11. Issues of Politics
Chapter 12. Conclusions
Annex A. Text of Questions 68
About the Authors 70
References. Books, Articles and Other Sources 71
Annex B. Cross Tabulations of the Questions by Background and Analytical Variables Because of the length of this annex (exceeding the length of the paper itself), and its limited utility to many general readers, it is published separately. Copies are available from the publisher and have been provided automatically to academic and institutional readers of the paper.
Back to Top of Table of Contents
Back to Home page