Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is thinking about South Florida.
The popular politician Tweeted that he had spoken with President Donald Trump on Thursday in the wake of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The PM conveyed his condolences for the 17 people killed and sent his well wishes to those injured in the massacre.
“On a call with @POTUS Trump tonight, I expressed Canada’s condolences and our best wishes for a full recovery to all those injured in yesterday’s shooting in Parkland, Florida,” wrote Trudeau.
He also offered his country’s assistance and said that “Canadians stand in solidarity with the people of the United States at this difficult time,” according to a release from his office.
In Trudeau’s country, gun laws are somewhat different than in the United States. Civilians cannot possess automatic weapons, or any modified handgun, rifle or shotgun. Most semi-automatic assault weapons are also banned. Keyword: Most.
Guns fall under three categories: unrestricted, restricted and prohibited. Ordinary rifles and shotguns are unrestricted; handguns, semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, as well as sawed-off rifles and shotguns, are restricted; and all automatic weapons are prohibited.
In November, a group of survivors and families of victims of a 2006 mass shooting in Quebec appealed to Trudeau in a news conference to ban all semi-automatic assault weapons.
“Most Canadians would be shocked to learn that most of the guns used in recent shootings in the United States are available for private ownership in Canada,” said Meaghan Hennigan, a survivor of the Dawson College shooting, in which one person died and 20 were injured.
The shooter, Kimveer Gill, killed himself; he used a Cx4 Storm, which was restricted back then. Gill was able to obtain one due to his membership in a gun club. The gun manufacturer, Beretta, has since released an updated model of the gun, which is not restricted.
“Many assault weapons are unrestricted. It’s ridiculously messed up,” Hennigan said. “These are the kind of weapons that an individual can seriously injure about 50 people in a mere matter of minutes.”