Let`s compare the USA to it`s closest neighbor, statistically speaking. Canada has 10% the population and is the largest country in the world, but shares a similar culture & history, but a less violent one. Actually, Canadians have as many guns as Americans (statistically speaking) only these are usually in rural areas and are rifles, shotguns, etc.,.. NOT handguns. Most handguns that do make it to Canada illegally are traced back to the USA. Here is a Report of Crimes Rate Comparisons between USA and Canada : http://web4.uwindsor.ca/users/m/mfc...88005720f6/$FILE/ATT8BNDV/0110185-002-XIE.pdf Stats Can website does have a more recent report that actually shows crime rates have gone down, over all, in Canada while they have continued to rise in the USA. Summary: +Based on selected offences, the United States has had a much higher rate of reported violent crime than Canada. The homicide rate was three times higher in the United States than it was in Canada, while the American rate for aggravated assault was double the Canadian rate. For robbery, the rate was 65% higher in the United States. +Compared to American cities, Canadian cities had lower rates of homicides, aggravated assaults and robberies. +In 2000, police in the United States reported 5.5 homicides for every 100,000 population-triple the Canadian rate of 1.8. The number of homicides has declined in both countries during the 1990s, particularly south of the border. Two decades ago, the American homicide rate was about four times that of Canada. +About two-thirds of homicides in the United States involved a firearm, compared with one-third in Canada. +In 2000, Americans were far more likely than Canadians to be victims of aggravated assault. The U.S. rate of 324 aggravated assaults for every 100,000 population was more than double the Canadian rate of 143. However, the U.S. rate has been falling since 1994, culminating with a 3% decline in 2000. In contrast, the Canadian rate has remained relatively stable since 1994, but was up 7% in 2000. +The American rate of reported robbery was 65% higher than in Canada in 2000, and the difference was much more pronounced with respect to robberies committed with a firearm. In 2000, firearms were involved in 41% of robberies south of the border, compared with only 16% in Canada. Since 1991, police-reported robbery rates have been declining in both countries. During this period, rates fell 47% in the United States-almost twice the 26% decline in Canada. +Urban crime: U.S. cities lead in violent crime On average, for metropolitan areas with populations over 500,000, American cities had higher rates of homicide, aggravated assault, and robbery than did Canadian cities. This is consistent with the overall national patterns.