Canadian Parliament Shooting

Compared to School Shooting in WA, US


Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was on memorial duty on October 22, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was then killed in a gun fight a few minutes later inside the Parliament.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recovered a video recorded before the attack by Zehaf-Bibeau, in which he stated his motives. According to the RCMP: "They were in respect, broadly, to Canada's foreign policy and in respect of his religious beliefs." The video has not been released while the RCMP studies its contents. In his mother's opinion, the attack was the "last desperate act" of someone who was not well in his mind and felt trapped.  He was a drug addict and a habitual offender and had been locked up in The British Colombian Mosque.  

Canadian Reactions

WA School Shooting and Reaction

The Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting occurred in Marysville,Washington, on October 24, 2014, when 15-year-old freshman student Jaylen Fryberg shot five other students at the school, fatally wounding two, before fatally shooting himself.

Washington State Senator said, "I do know the family. We're all related in one shape or form. We live and work and play together."Washington Governor Jay Inslee also said in a Twitter post regarding the shooting, "Like all of WA, Trudi and I have everyone at #MPHS in our hearts and prayers. Please take care of each other." Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pledged his support for the Marysville community and commented regarding the national issue of gun violence, "Gun violence has no place anywhere, least of all at our nation’s schools, and we must do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands."The Tulalip tribe released a statement on October 29 denouncing Fryberg's "horrific actions" and adding that the shooting was "the act of an individual, not a family, not a tribe".


The attack was the most serious security breach at Parliament Hill since the 1966  parliament bombing. The incident, which attracted international attention, has raised concerns about the effectiveness of police actions to prevent terrorist attacks and the security measures in-place at federal and provincial legislatures. In the wake of the incident, the Canadian government introduced a bill to expand the powers of the CSIS, Canada's spy agency. The bill was slated to be introduced the day of the shootings, which postponed it. The government plans to introduce new anti-terrorism measures.

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