This pleasant story (no sarcasm - yet) was recently reported up here in the frozen north:
If the federal government's numbers are right, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are Canada's most heavily armed citizens, but also its least trigger-happy.But-but-but...more guns mean more crime! Oprah and Britney Spears said so!
According to the most recent numbers from the Canada Firearms Centre, the province has 70,977 registered firearms. Statistics Canada's latest numbers estimate the province's population at 508,270. That's one gun for every 7.2 people, the highest ratio of guns to people of any province in the country.
Statistics Canada's most recent numbers on gun crime also reveal the province has the lowest annual rate of victims of firearm-related crime in the country, with just 11.4 victims for every 100,000 people.
Could it be, just maybe, that the guns aren't the problem?
It should be obvious, but in my experience statists have a very poor grasp of the obvious (and refuse to accept it when it's clearly demonstrated to them): firearms, in and of themselves, are not a problem. When people are taught respect for other people, themselves, and the sanctity of human life, then violence becomes less prevalent. It would appear that the good people of Newfoundland have that kind of culture. Arm them however you like, they still won't be interested in killing each other or anyone else.
One other funny note. The anti-gun site linked above has an uncredited quote on the page: "Little man whips a big man every time... if the little man's in the right and keeps a-comin'."
Sure, if the little man's got a gun. Otherwise, he's just going to get the snot beaten out of him.
(Update: Rats. I'm not the first person to point out the irony in that quote.)
Enough rambling. Here's a picture of fabric.