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A Mackenzie Institute Occasional Paper
Canadian Attitudes Toward Gun Control: The Real Story

Gary A. Mauser, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, &

H. Taylor Buckner, Ph.D., Concordia University (ret'd)
January, 1997
The Mackenzie Institute, P.O. Box 338, Adelaide Station, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2J4, Tel: (416) 214-1388

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Canadian Attitudes Toward Gun Control: The Real Story

- Gary A. Mauser, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University &

H. Taylor Buckner, Ph.D., Concordia University (ret'd)


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Table of Contents

Foreword 1

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.

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