I had a conversation yesterday with a fellow who works as a Canadian customs agent in British Columbia (that's a Canadian province, for those who don't know), where many of the Americans who come across the border there are on their way to Alaska. We'll call him 'Brad.' Brad tells me that most of his job, all day, every day, is seizing guns.
Apparently, it is supposed that Canada will say nothing and do nothing if an American wants to keep his (or her, I suppose) full-automatic and semi-automatic firearm - rifles, handguns, machine pistols, ordnance of all sorts - in their trunks, glove boxes and backseats. The most common excuse? "Well, I was going to Alaska, so I'm not actually leaving the United States."
Surprisingly, we don't let them.
Brad explained that the moment they come through the gate, they are on Canadian soil; and as such, once the restricted and prohibited guns are found, they become the property of the Canadian government. That's international law. So the guns are seized and they are destroyed; they're NOT held and sent back to the owners. Those guns are gone.
Most don't complain. Most, Brad tells me, apologize for misunderstanding. They thought the guns would be all right and they're sorry. And so they give up their hundreds of dollars of property without any complaints. The only ones that are a problem, Brad says, are those that have really excessive items, with outstanding heavy magazines and calibers. Still, with 70 or 80 border guards around, trained to deal with any troubles, there's not much a crazy gun nut can do. Brad says they've never actually had a violent incident associated with someone who had to give up their guns.
Sauce for the goose. I continue to argue that the only solution to the problem in America is that the government should go after the guns. We do. Most civilized countries do. When I hear an American (as I did on Real Time with Bill Maher just this morning) say something as idiotic as "There is no gun control law that has ever been proven to reduce gun crime," (Emily Miller is an idiot of the order that should be Trump's VP), I look at my own country. We've had incidents here. We don't have them every week.
I understand the reticence of the American government to pass a law to destroy guns. I don't understand why ordinary, common citizens in America don't simply set up opportunities for large masses of people to get together in huge events and destroy guns en masse, for the good of their country.