As a Canadian, I find the American social view of "personal defense" of self and home a real departure from our society. Perhaps the difference lies in our different historical experiences. In America, settlement went before the law whereas in Canada the North West Mounted Police went before significant settlement thereby establishing the rule of law. One of their first acts was to expel American whiskey traders from Canada. Also, during the 19th century we did not have continual Indian wars to shape our psyche Canadians do not have a siege mentality that necessitates the need for individual armed defense of home and kin. Yes, I am a sport shooter, hunter and gun owner.