After last week’s mass shooting in Nova Scotia which left 22 dead, Many Canadians are scratching their heads about what more could have been done to prevent such a horrific attack. After all, mass shootings are an American thing. At least, that’s the prevailing thought. However, last week’s shooting added itself to a growing number of mass shootings happening outside of the U.S. in nations with particularly strict gun control laws such as New Zealand, Australia, and Norway.

The latest news reports suggest that the Nova Scotia gunman opened fire on the public soon after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.

The British Royal Family joined the international community in condemning the shooting with the Queen offering her profound sympathies.