From what I've seen, many self-identified American liberals and progressives as America's more progressive twin, and I've seen people say things along the lines of "I can't believe that America won't adopt a working system north of the border", and sometimes act like that one must either accept or reject issues such as same-sex marriage, universal healthcare, and strict gun control all in one package.
Now, let's see how much truth there is to the belifs that Canada's universal healthcare works, how strict their gun laws actually are (and how docile their gun culture is), along with war and peace (the most important issue), multiculturalism, freedom of speech, and economics, not really in particular order.
War and peace:
Sadly, Canada (or at least their government) is not a peaceful as many think. Sure, they spend less than 2% of their GDP on defense, but not only are they heavily involved in Afghanistan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Canada#21st_century), but also, particularly as explained in the CBC news article Let's not kid ourselves, Canada is in the war business, Canada is exporting arms to Saudi Arabia and the government didn't question it (why would they if it gives Canada more money?).
The corporate tax rate is actually lower (http://taxfoundation.org/blog/canadas-lower-corporate-tax-rate-raises-more-tax-revenue), and Canada is listed in this article as having one of the freest economies: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/blogs/insight/canada-ranks-top-10-economic-freedom-study-shows-172337119.html.
Freedom of speech:
Canada has a few laws on hate propaganda. But isn't there a better way to handle things?
Multiculturalism: is it really all that great? And this is not hate rhetoric.
How truly good is universal healthcare? For starters, I hope that you're willing to wait in some long lines.
Canada's racism problem? It's even worse than America's - McLean's.ca
Racism still an uncomfortable truth in Canada - CBC.ca
A quick list of a few New Hampshire positives. And is New Hampshire one of the most successful states in the union?,
Keep in mind though that marriage is not a big issue to me.
AJ+ even made a video about racism in Canada:
Before we get into laws, let's see how many people own guns.
As of 2015, there are over 2 million firearms licenses (http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/citation/news/663).
As of that same year, there are more than 5 people out of 100 who have a firearms license (http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/citation/quotes/4214).
Okay, it's a bit of a challenge to get a non-restricted firearms license (even more so for restricted and prohibited).
So deactivated machine guns and rifles with plugged up barrels are legal.
So rubber ball shooting paintball guns are legal.
So fully automatic blank guns that shoot gases out the front are legal:
So pellet rifles and pistols are legal:
(Yes, the air rifle above is avalible in Canada: https://www.airgunsource.com/kalibrgun-cricket-25-cal-no-stock/dp/1702.)
Fully automatic bb (not airsoft!) guns are legal.
New flintlock rifles and shotguns.
And even fully operational antiques: http://antiquegunscanada.com/Home_c1.htm?page=all, http://usedfirearms.ca/ad-category/antique-firearms/.