Canadian Parliament Building Shooting

Amy Guillen 4th

    On October 22, 2014 police where called to the Canadian Parliament building for a gunman who attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.

    The gunman was 32 year old Islam Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who was said to have been driven by "political and ideological motives". The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement the shooter prepared a video “just prior” to the attack, though it declined to reveal the contents of the video or specify the motives, citing the ongoing investigation.

    Canadian and American governments differ when it comes to laws. Based of of the shooting, an example of US law of guns: Fully automatic weapons are legal, but only if made before 1986; as a result, manufacturing new automatic weapons for civilian use is effectively illegal. For Canada: All three kinds of guns can be purchased and owned legally (even "prohibited" ones) but the requirements for owning restricted and prohibited guns are much, much stricter, as elaborated in the licensing and carry sections to follow. As for how we react, it all depends on the way we think is best.