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Are governments concerned about Gun Violence?

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Are governments concerned about Gun Violence?

Published on January 15, 2021 with No Comments

Last week,  gun violence claimed the life of an innocent 12-year-old boy and that prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  to come out and address the issue on gun control. Surprisingly, response from the Prime Minister was to blame the Premier of Ontario and other premiers too. Prime Minister  showed a great concern for Ontario. And his reason for blaming Doug Ford was not allowing  Toronto council to ban handguns. Canada has tighter gun laws than in the U.S. and suffers much less gun crime. However last one year has seen a drastic change that too for the worse, especially in the GTA.  In addition, GTA saw the highest-profile incident that came in June, when shots rang out as more than a million fans gathered in Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate the Toronto Raptors’ first NBA championship. Four people were injured in the shooting that resulted in panicked stampede of the fans.  That was followed by 14 separate incidents of gun violence over one weekend in August. By the end of 2019, more than 760 people had been shot in the city, 44 of whom were killed, according to Toronto Police. That is triple the number of shooting victims in the city in 2014.

As far as taking action against gun violence is concerned little has been achieved. It’s all part of the never-ending blame game at  all levels of government. Prime Minster Trudeau criticized the premiers for not supporting him of a new federal law that would give the municipalities the power to ban handguns. Such transfer of power would need the province to give municipalities the power to enact it. Ontario government under Doug Ford has its own reservations and its feels that it will target legal gun owners and not the criminals. Mayor of Toronto John Tory though supports the municipal hand gun ban but he prefers Trudeau to legislate a national handgun ban and toughen federal gun crime laws. Both Doug Ford and John Tory have similar concerns as 80% of the handguns used in urban street violence in Toronto are illegally smuggled in from the U.S.. And this does raise concern over the effectiveness of the ban proposed by Prime Minister Trudeau. Prime Minister has by his side, former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, as Public Safety Minister and his expertise can also be used to draft changes in the Bill.

One thing is certain, until the time all the governments are not on the same page, gun violence control is Canada may not be effective.  Prime Minister has to get all Premiers, Mayors on board to generate consensus and in present time, that doesn’t seem coming soon.


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