Telling the Canadian public that they \u0022deserve more than thoughts and prayers\u0022 less than two weeks after a series of shootings in Canada that killed 13 people, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced a ban on \u0022assault-style\u0022 semi-automatic weapons in the country.\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;Effective immediately, Trudeau said, the sale, transport, and use of about 1,500 makes and models of such guns will now be illegal in Canada.The prime minister added that the government would work in the coming months on legislation to compensate people who already own the weapons. Owners have until April 2022 to dispose of the guns.\u0026nbsp;\u0022These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time,\u0022 Trudeau said. \u0022There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.\u0022Canadian Prime Minister\u0026nbsp;Justin Trudeau announced a ban on military-grade assault weapons including 1,500\u0026nbsp;models and variants of firearms pic.twitter.com/KpfJZ0Nfuy— Reuters (@Reuters) May 1, 2020Trudeau called the shootings of April 18 and 19, which were carried out by one gunman with multiple weapons, \u0022the deadliest rampage in our country\u0026#039;s history.\u0022 Nine people also died in fires set by the gunman, who obtained the weapons illegally in the U.S. and Canada.\u0026nbsp;The Coalition for Gun Control, a Canadian group, said the country has endured \u0022a long wait\u0022 for gun control reforms like the one passed by Trudeau\u0026#039;s\u0026nbsp;cabinet without going through the legislature. Last month\u0026#039;s massacre was the deadliest shooting in the country since 1989, when a gunman killed 14 women and himself in Montreal.\u0026nbsp;\u0022This is a milestone for Canada and an important step forward. We are counting on all parliamentarians to support a mandatory buy back program and to keep this ban permanent,\u0022 coalition president Wendy Cukier said in a statement.\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;In the U.S.—where 70 to 90% of the guns used in Canadian shootings come from—gun control advocates applauded Trudeau\u0026#039;s decisive action and condemned the U.S. government, particularly the Republican Party, for standing in the way of a similar ban.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Canada banned assault weapons [less than] two weeks after the Nova Scotia mass shooting,\u0022 tweeted the Newtown Action Alliance. \u0022It\u0026#039;s been more than seven years since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy when 26 children and educators were massacred with an AR-15 and high capacity magazine.\u0022Canada\u0026nbsp;banned assault weapons in \u0026lt; 2 wks after the #NovaScotia mass\u0026nbsp;shooting. It\u0026#039;s been \u0026gt; 7 yrs since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy when 26\u0026nbsp;children \u0026amp; educators were massacred with an AR-15 \u0026amp; HCM. Tell\u0026nbsp;@realDonaldTrump \u0026amp; Congress to pass #HR1296 NOW! https://t.co/pseiby9Pd6 pic.twitter.com/tKUMeCZc2t— Newtown Action (@NewtownAction) May 1, 2020In addition to the Sandy Hook shooting, Americans in recent years have watched lawmakers refuse to pass meaningful legislation after 58 people were killed at a concert in Las Vegas in 2017; 49 were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016; 17 were killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida in 2018; and as tens of thousands of people are killed by firearms each year.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Republicans in the U.S. Congress—what are you waiting for?\u0022 tweeted Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting.