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    Rash of gun murders in Canada's biggest city worries residents

    Original: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050821...NlYwMlJVRPUCUl

    Rash of gun murders in Canada's biggest city worries residents

    Sun Aug 21, 3:30 PM ET

    TORONTO (AFP) - "Gun deaths: 31" read a Toronto Sun tabloid newspaper headline this week, highlighting the fears that have gripped the biggest metropolis in Canada, a country unaccustomed to violence.

    So far, 31 of 45 homicides in Toronto this year were gun-related and local police reported some 20 shootings in just the past few weeks -- a rash of murders in the provincial capital this summer that sharply contrasts a Canada-wide decline in overall crime rates over the past 30 years.

    During a 24-hour period last week, two people died and three were injured in two separate shootings. Three murders took place at the same concert hall in one week and a four-year-old child was injured by a stray bullet.

    "It's totally unacceptable. We don't want that kind of violence in our city," said Mayor David Miller, echoing local residents who expressed concerns that America's gun culture is creeping north across the Canada-US border.

    The victims are mostly young black men gunned down in public places.

    To reassure citizens, the mayor and police Chief Bill Blair announced 150 new police recruits would be deployed by the end of 2006 to return peace to troubled neighborhoods.

    Others demanded more drastic measures like municipal councillor Michael Thompson, himself a black man, provoking harsh criticism for suggesting that police stop all young black men in distressed neighborhoods and search them for weapons.

    The idea was immediately rejected by politicians of all stripes and the police chief, who refused to engage in a "totally inappropriate, unjust and illegal practice of targeting young men on the basis of their race."

    Following a backlash, Thompson said he only meant to shock people in order to spark debate on the issue.

    The police, hard-pressed to explain the sudden explosion of violence, blamed delinquents involved in illegal activities, including drug trafficking, settling scores, but they refused to go as far as to call it gang wars.

    "These violent acts are linked to street gangs and drugs, but it's hard to know why we're seeing more of it this year than last summer," said Toronto police spokesperson Isabelle Cotton

    "It's too easy for a young Torontonian to procure a firearm, whether it's imported illegally from the United States or not. As well, young people don't seem too concerned about the consequences of their actions," she told AFP.

    Weekly Canadian magazine Maclean's noted in its latest edition that gang murders had tripled since the early 1990s in this country, in contrast to an overall drop in violence. The magazine blamed the rise in part on illegal arms from the neighboring United States.

    In the past five years, Canadian authorities seized 5,400 weapons, mostly handguns. According to Maclean's, this represents a mere fraction of the guns that enter Canada from the United States.

    University of Toronto criminologist Rosemary Gartner chooses instead to blame the root cause of violence on cuts to social programs by local conservative governments in recent decades.

    "All the cutbacks to welfare, the cuts to school programs for poor families, the reduction of the public health budget: These are all the changes you need to make if you want to increase the level of violent crime in a city," she told AFP, noting that those most of those affected by the cuts are now the ones carrying handguns.

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    Stuff like that just makes me mad...

    Blame America, blame guns, blame conservative, and blame cut-backs on welfare, but don't dare blame the brown-skinned gang member.

    The really funny thing is blaming America's gun culture (liberal jewspeak for what is really just freedom). How many whites do we see mowing each other down with guns? There are places in America where the gun ownership rate is over 90% but there are very few murders in strictly white areas. Now in black areas, they can't have a cook-out without some sort of fight or shooting breaking out.

    Clearly the problem isn't American gun culture, but rather black america and their gun culture. Canada, although, would never do or say anything against violent hip-hop or this image of the drug dealer/pimp that is so prevalent amongst blacks. Canada would probably encourage the US to outlaw gun ownership before addressing the real problem...The Black Criminal...

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    You NAILED it, Heidenlord! :fhclap:
    Funny how the black council member was the only one willing to put the blame where it belonged.
    There was a TV show last year snivelling about how some Jamaican was being deported for an extensive violent criminal record. We were expected to weep because a violent felon was being deported to this hellhole. He came from there and lived in a Jamaican neighbourhood while he was in Toronto but we were expected to feel sorry for him. The lunacy of these activists is unbounded.
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    Update

    Ottawa open to Ontario's request for new gun offences, increased sentences

    GILLIAN LIVINGSTON Wed Aug 31

    TORONTO (CP) - Ontario is getting a positive response from the federal government after asking for an increase in minimum sentences for gun crimes and the creation of a new criminal offence for stealing firearms in light of a spate of gun violence in Toronto.

    Attorney General Michael Bryant told The Canadian Press on Wednesday he has asked federal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler to examine what can be done to deter gun crime in Canada, a day after yet another deadly shooting in the city.

    ...

    "We need to specifically focus on gun supply, trafficking of guns ... and also any offence involving an illegal firearm."

    "We've got to take on the illegal gun market out there in order to reduce gun crime."

    (cont.)
    They're only "able" to target part of the problem, obviously, because race doesn't exist - as we all know very well! - but at least they aren't trying to take guns away from law-abiding Canadians. Yet.

    Bryant is a pretty smart guy, and a reliable "people's" politician who made a decent name for himself over the past decade or so. I hesitate to imagine he's any better than that, but he's at least that.

    At best, if such laws are passed, I imagine this means a few less innocent people might be killed by stray bullets. It could be worse.

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