- About more than 36 million people live in Canada (Mid-2016 estimate)
- About more than 323 million people live in the United States (Mid-2016 estimate)
- Since the year 2000, more than 5 school shootings have occurred in Canada.
- Since the year 2000, more than 175 school shootings have occurred in the United States.
What if Canada had the same population as the United States? Could data be estimated to generate how many school shootings might occur if Canada had over 323 million people?
In order to reach over 320 million people, 9 multiplied by 36 million people must be calculated. So therefore, would it be safe to say that there could be a possibility of more than 45 school shootings to occur in Canada since the year 2000 if the population was the same as the United States?
Or is population size not at all a feasible calculation, and rather it is more about gun control laws and other factors?
There is no easy answer, and a simple mathematical equation probably would not quite suffice for the complex issue of school shootings.
However, one important observation to note: Even if Canada had the same population as the United States, the amount of school shootings since 2000 would still be four times less (more than 45 hypothetically estimated school shootings in Canada to the concrete data of more than 175 school shootings in the United States) than the United States in the same time span.