Justine Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister announces that its country is banning assault-style weapons after the murder of 22 people in a mass shooting attack in Nova Scotia.
As a result after the worst murder in Canada’s history, Justine Trudeau announced that assault-style the government will be banning weapons from commercialization.
What happened in Nova Scotia?
On Tuesday, Royal Canadian Mounted said that 22 people were killed, 13 were shot and 9 died in house fires. Gabriel Wortman, the 51 year-old gunman, acted alone and committed the crimes, killing even the animals and pets he found in the homes. His gruesome rampage lasted for 12 long hours. He started with injuring his girlfriend first, however, the motives of his attacks are still unknown.
Wortman posed as a police officer, wearing an RCMP uniform at least in some part of his murder rampage. He also drove what seemed to be a police cruiser. Moreover, he died in a confrontation with the authorities.
Among the 22 injured people, the gunman killed a police officer and took her (Heidi Stevenson’s) handgun and ammunition.
Trudeau’s words on the incident:
“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.”. Were the prime minister’s words.
“Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”.
Even if there is no current definition of “assault weapons” in Canadian law. However, Trudeau’s government described them as “semi-automatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition (…) designed and configured for rapid fire.”
The prime minister understood that most gun owners are law abiding citizens. But he also said that “you don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer.”
He also expressed his deep regret towards the families of the victims, saying that “thoughts and prayers” are not enough: “Their families deserve more than thoughts and prayers. Canadians deserve more than thoughts and prayers.”
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