[12] The Canadian government credits itself with reducing the level of fatal gun accidents by introducing restrictive firearm controls in 1977; however, the rate of fatal gun accidents had been declining since the introduction of hunter safety courses in the 1960's, well prior to the introduction of the 1977 legislation. This steady downward trend continued after the legislation had been enacted. Scholars maintain that the 1977 legislation, ineffective against homicide, suicide, and violent crime, had no perceptible impact on the level of accidental death by firearm. Suggested readings in this regard are: Mauser, Holmes, op. cit,; Mundt, op. cit.; Blackman, op. cit.; and Kopel, op. cit.