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CanadaTrudeau States He Will Take Action Following Toronto's Huge Spike In Gun Violence, But Tory Doesn't Think It's Enough

21:01  13 august  2019
21:01  13 august  2019 Source:   narcity.com

Violent weekend in Toronto draws attention to missed opportunities to make city safer

Violent weekend in Toronto draws attention to missed opportunities to make city safer Critics and community advocates say the city must move quicker to create safer communities after a long weekend that saw an unusual spike in gun violence across the city. Despite Mayor John Tory saying Tuesday that the city is doing all it can to address gun violence, some council-approved initiatives have been left unfunded and new proposals to support youth and address root causes have been left on the table. The spike in gun violence over a 72-hour period this weekend that left 17 people injured in 14 separate incidents comes as the city is experiencing a three-year low when it comes to fatal shootings — there have been 19 this year, compared to 30 by this time last y

Trudeau States He Will Take Action Following Toronto's Huge Spike In Gun Violence, But Tory Doesn't Think It's Enough© johntory | Twitter

It has been a difficult few weeks for the Toronto police service, as well as for Toronto’s 2.93 million residents, as Canada’s biggest city has been grappling with a significant spike in gun-related violence. During the first weekend of August alone, 14 separate shootings caused 17 injuries across the city, causing Toronto Mayor John Tory to call for a city-wide ban on handguns. Earlier this morning, John Tory met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss strategies to combat the city’s gun violence.

Tory and Trudeau's meeting comes only one day after the federal, provincial and municipal government joined together to announce they would be offering a combined $4.5 million in funding to Toronto police, in a bid to help the force tackle the city’s gun violence.

Enough with the stop-and-go approach to fighting gun violence

Enough with the stop-and-go approach to fighting gun violence The bullet casings have been cleared away. The shooting victims, mercifully this time, have been treated in hospitals instead of sent to the morgue. Now what? After 17 people were shot in Toronto in 14 separate incidents over the long weekend we’re left in that all-too-familiar place: Arguing over who is responsible and how best to stop this terrible gun violence. People can’t even seem to agree on what the weekend’s spike in violence means. Shootings are up (244 compared to 238 in Toronto by this time last year) but gun deaths are down considerably (19 compared to 30). Is that supposed to be a comfort or not? “This is not Toronto,” says police Chief Mark Saunders.

During their meeting, John Tory was expected to speak with Trudeau about his desire to ban handguns city-wide in Toronto, with the city’s mayor stating in the past that there is a “need for a ban on handguns, assault rifles, and semi-automatic firearms.”

After Toronto’s long weekend of violence at the beginning of August, Tory tweeted, “All of these initiatives are much needed if we are to stop the spread of guns, help police crackdown on illegal guns and those who have them, and address the root causes of gang and gun activity.”

Speaking to the media after his meeting with the Prime Minister, Tory expressed his feeling that not enough had been done yet by Trudeau to control gun violence in the city, but added that the best results would come with time. He said, “At a time of increased anxiety and increased criminal activity in our city, I’ve asked the prime minister to consider doing more.”

Tory continued, “I believe that while it takes longer to get the effects you need, the investment in kids and families and neighborhoods, programs that work, that can work and that must work, are programs we must invest more in together.”

Also speaking to the media after their meeting, Trudeau stressed the need for a “holistic” approach to tackling the city’s gun violence, which considers improving education, housing, and infrastructure. During his statement, he promised to continue working to eradicate gun violence in Toronto, saying, “We will continue to invest in controlling our guns, and keeping our communities safer.”

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While Trudeau did not make a comment on whether his government would support Tory's suggestion of a city-wide handgun ban, the Prime Minister did state that his party’s platform in the run-up to October’s federal election would include “strengthening gun control.”

It has not yet been revealed how exactly Toronto police will allocate the $4.5 million in funding to tackle gun crime, however, police Chief Mark Saunders did note that he would be laying out a plan to deal with Toronto’s gun violence in the next few days.

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