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To Big Sister America, from little sister Canada

Dear America,

Hi, it’s me.  Your nerdy little sister, Canada.  We haven’t had a good heart-to-heart in a while, and I thought it was time.  I’m worried about you.  And if I didn’t love you, I wouldn’t be worried about you.  So, please, just keep that in mind while you hear me out.

I know what you’re thinking.  You’ve got way more experience at being a country than I do.  And you’ve done a stellar job! Just because I never really moved out of mum’s house doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about.  It’s not like I’m not independent; I just didn’t go all republic-y, like you did.  I can still do lots for myself!  And I know between the two of us, I probably have a stronger relationship with her, but she totally backed you up with the whole Iraq thing and I know you appreciated that.  And let’s face it: we both get all drool-y and giddy with Will and Kate.

Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about this Aurora shooting tragedy. It broke my heart. It seems like it’s one in a string of horrific tragedies that keep happening to you.  And it can’t be easy.  I know you’re really tough and super strong, but I also know that you have a good heart.  A super strong heart.  So, obviously, you must be bothered by all of this violence and negativity that seems to keep rearing its ugly head.  As your sister, I care about you deeply and I worry about what this is doing to you.

There are lots of different views on this, I know, and I’m not trying to start an argument, but I think maybe it’s time to take a look at your gun laws.  It’s a sensitive issue, I get it, but I think it’s worth taking a serious look.  I know how strongly you feel about checks and balances in your government, so why not with your gun laws?  Your Constitution says everyone has the right to bear arms, but the right to take away someone’s life with those arms is not okay.  There’s a lot that can be interpreted in that Second Amendment of yours.  Jason Alexander even pointed out that that amendment should apply only to people in a regulated militia.  So maybe that’s something worth re-examining?  I mean, I’ve got this whole gun control thing up here and, with the exception of the mess I’m trying to work out in Toronto right now, it seems to work fairly well.  It doesn’t stop all the people it should, but it’s helped. In 2011, 554 of my people were victims of homicide.  In 2012, you had over 12,000 homicides; of those, 8,775 victims were from firearms alone.

I’ve got a good thing going on up here, and I don’t see why you can’t have a good thing, too.  You deserve the best.  I know that I’m the square, the nerd, the rule-lover, but I think I should get credit where credit is due.  There are things at which you are so much better, and I love you for it.  I’m always thankful for the awesome TV shows and movies you’re always sending my way.  And I know that you’ve always got my back; you’re the kind, caring, protective older sister that any country would be lucky to have – but you’re my big sister, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We’re very different, but we come from the same roots.  We’re family.  And family looks out for each other.  So just take take a step back, a deep breath and reflect.  All I’m asking you to do is think critically.  Because I’m worried about you.  And I’m worried about you because I love you.  Don’t ever forget that.

Hugs and kisses,

You can follow Anna Hambrook on Twitter @annahambrook.

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