According to the latest StatsCan survey, no, we don’t. Less than 3% of all violent crimes committed in 2012 involved a firearm. Firearms homicides have dropped every year since 2009 (a decline of 27%) and 46% of those are gang or organized crime related. Robberies involving firearms have declined by 55% since 1998.
While Canada does have a higher rate of firearm homicide rate (0.5 per 100 000) than countries such as Japan (0.1 per 100 000) and England (0.2 per 100 000), we are on par with other countries where strong firearms ownership (and regulation) is present (Switzerland: 0.5/100 000; Ireland, Italy, Finland: 0.4/100 000). We are, however, nowhere near the United States (3.5 per 100 000).
There’s lots of other interesting statistics in the report linked below, and all of them indicate that firearms are not a major factor in violent crime in Canada.
So why all the hysteria about firearms? I don’t know, but I would hazard a guess that the news media’s “if it bleeds it leads” mentality has something to do with it.