Gary Mauser

Gary Mauser, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.

Most Recent Articles by Gary Mauser:


Jun 22, 2017 — Gary Mauser

To start from the beginning, we were both shocked when we saw claims like this one appear in newspapers published across the country:

Over 500 Firearms and 3,000 rounds of Ammunition turned over to Surrey RCMP in Safe City Project

Inspector Chris McBryan, Officer in Charge of NWEST (National Weapons Enforcement Support Team) in Western Canada. “It is a fact that the majority of gun related crimes in our communities are committed with guns that are domestically sourced.”

Is American gun culture racist and paranoid?

Feb 1, 2016 — Gary Mauser

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”—Mark Twain

Canada’s leading newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and The National Post, recently gave sympathetic reviews to a book by A.J. Somerset that portrayed American gun culture as racist and paranoid. In his book, Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun, Somerset’s approach to American gun culture is to search for what he calls “the Wellspring of Crazy.” As he says, “This is the gun culture I am after in this book: the weird stuff.” Somerset dissects movie dialogues and relates juicy newspaper stories to paint a picture of Americans as driven by unreasonable fears to buy guns, or worse, as merely using their fear to excuse racist violence. He claims he is searching for cultural myths but his approach seems more like an excuse to rant than a serious attempt to understand actual cultural norms.

Number of violent crimes involving guns exaggerated by an over-inclusive definition of gun crime

Feb 23, 2015 — Gary Mauser

By using an over-inclusive definition, Statistics Canada has exaggerated the number of violent crimes that involve guns. The result is that gun violence appears to be four times more frequent than it really is. In 2013 (the most recent year statistics are available) Statistics Canada reports that there were 5,027 “firearms-related” incidents out of 263,054 violent crimes (i.e., 2% of violent crimes). Clearly, gun violence isn’t prevalent.

Black Americans, a little-known tradition of arms

May 11, 2014 — Gary Mauser

“I am,” she answered crisply, “a Second Amendment absolutist.” Growing up in Birmingham, Ala., in the early 1960s, when racial tensions rose, there were, she said, occasions when the black community had to exercise its right to bear arms in self-defense, becoming, if you will, a well-regulated militia.—Dr. Condolezza Rice, August 6, 2000.

Maintaining Information on Law-abiding Citizens on CPIC Serves No Legitimate Purpose

Feb 25, 2014 — Gary Mauser

In order to improve public safety, Canadian Firearms Registry Online (CFRO) information should be withdrawn from routine perusal on the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). As is done with other information on law-abiding citizens, information on firearm-licensees should be restricted to investigational purposes that require a warrant.