"If I understand yor situation correctly (and I may not), Living in Canada do you have a choice in carrying firearms? Maybe I misunderstand but, your government does not allow you to choose for yourself on this subject, true? If you are not legally afforded a choice how could you really vote to carry or not to carry....? Dont you sort of HAVE to say "no carry" because you aren't allowed to?
"Isn't it true that those that don't have a choice better get comfortable with big brother choosing the right way for you? The idea that subjects, are restricted in their personal decisions... that are free to citizens to decide for themselves.. makes me uneasy."
No. Gun carrying isn't allowed in our cities and in parks, but everywhere else it's fine. (Your government doesn't allow you to carry in many parks either, right?) Handguns aren't allowed here, but then again handguns are almost never suitable or even capable of defending people against predatory animals. They're designed for killing other people, period.
We also have the right to carry any size of (single-edged, non-automatic) knife anywhere we want, including in town. You, on the other hand, are restricted by blade length and other factors in many or most states right?
The gun is a tool here, and never a device to protect private citizens from each other. And it works out fine. Our gun users are composed of a large population that feeds itself almost completely off the land, and of course farmers and ranchers and wildlife officers depend on their rifles all year long. Lots of people hunt, too.
We also DO have criminals, ethnic gangs, biker gangs, gang wars, drug addicts, and the mentally ill. (Not as many per capita, of course.) I live in the home invasion capital of North America, and Surrey is the vehicle theft capital of North America.
We just look at guns differently. When someone barricades himself in a house with hostages, our police just talk to him and wait. No SWAT teams, no tear gas, no shots fired, no police or bystanders or hostages hurt by stray bullets. Usually the suspect isn't even hurt. Time and again I see news stories of standoffs between a distraught person and the police and think "if that guy was in the US, he'd be dead by now and lots of people would have been close to the hail of lead. He's pretty lucky he decided to go nuts up here instead."
In fact, if ever a police officer is killed in the line of duty it's a national tragedy and it's in the news for days.
In the UK, it's one step further: even the cops don't have guns. It's another way of approaching the problem, and statistically innocent citizens are far safer in countries that don't allow guns than in ones that do.
Your government still "nannies" you about automatic weapons, right? If you were "truly" free to arm yourselves, you'd be free to walk around with full-auto AR-15s and RPGs, and put turret-mounted 50-cal's and miniguns on your vehicles.
That sounds absurd, right? Well, then, you know how it sounds to a Canadian to suggest carrying a 9mm down a hiking trail.