When you talk to even the most conservative Canadians about the right for private citizens to own guns you lose them. Not allowing guns in the hands of the actual public seems to be a dominant note in the Canadian psyche. This is unfortunate. Gun ownership is at the root of a free and democratic society. It has more to do with democracy than voting. Really. This isn’t about saving lives. Swimming pools kills over ten times the number of innocents than guns do in the United States as one example. Yet there is no demand for pool control. And pools do not save lives or preserve freedom.