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23:21  13 august  2019
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Canada once sold the idea that guns turned boys into men

Canada once sold the idea that guns turned boys into men This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. ___ Author: R. Blake Brown, Professor, Saint Mary's University The alleged murder of three people by teenage suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky has again highlighted the devastation that can be wrought by firearms in the wrong hands. Canadian history is now littered by mass shootings committed by young men such as the 1989 Montreal Massacre, the 2017 Quebec mosque attack and the Toronto Danforth shooting in 2018.

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Heather Mallick: Banning guns: It has to be done© John Locher “The gun debate has been made more tedious because it follows gun-owners’ talking points, many of which are absurd,” writes Heather Mallick.

There are many explanations for a recent spike in gun violence over a long hot weekend in Toronto, with 17 people injured in 14 separate shootings, and five more shootings a week later. Some of them are well-argued, others are arguable and some of them go almost unmentioned.

The causes of this particular human misery include poverty, gangs, legal guns being easily stolen, smuggled guns, lack of education, illegal drug use, and empty spans of time combined with summer heat, and, as always, cruelty. All of these can overlap to do even more damage.

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Although gun deaths up to July 29 are at a three-year low, it doesn’t feel that way. The Star reports that 18 people had been shot to death, down from 30 by that time last year (including those shot by the Danforth gunman) and 20 by that point in 2017. We don’t know what the rest of 2019 will bring.

But this isn’t a wave of “youth crime.” These are young men. Polite headlines referring to “people” obscure this fact. When a young woman fires a gun, it’s an anomaly, the exception that proves the rule. Men shooting into crowded nightclubs, driving the streets aiming to execute a rival, firing into public parks where children play, that’s standard now.

I have often written about the need for gun control in Canada, as a regular reminder that men use guns to threaten, wound, stalk, and kill women. Misogyny is ingrained but guns make it easier to act on it.

Liberals won't commit to handgun ban, but set firearms control on election agenda

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A Canada-wide handgun ban would save many lives, as would a ban on assault weapons. Many men agree, which helps because feminism will only succeed if men and women work together for equal rights. It’s a betrayal that the federal government has decided against this.

I heard from men, but no women, after a recent column favouring a national handgun ban. These readers, some of them American, like handguns. They emailed to tell me this at great length.

I don’t understand why they think I should find this relevant. There are many things I would likely enjoy: recreational morphine; shooting coyotes (with arrows, to make it more even); jet-skiing drunk, and I’m just getting started. But I don’t do them because they’re bad for me personally and a threat to others.

Gunnery is strange as well as superfluous. I don’t oppose hunting for food, but imagine going to a shooting range for pleasure. Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza did that. With his mother. Wouldn’t a game of darts satisfy the urge to aim at something very carefully and hit it dead-on? If it’s gunfire they like, perhaps say “Bang!” But sport shooters wear protective earwear to block that very noise.

Police draw guns on Yankees GM after mistaking him for car thief

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I remain mystified.

Boys, habituated to gaming and guns, are raised to think they’re entitled to whatever they like, as girls emphatically are not. These boys grow up less able to cope with adulthood and its strictures. These men are incredulous that I object to their guns and don’t see that women might have a particular point to make.

I was repeatedly informed that gun laws won’t work because criminals would still buy smuggled U.S. guns. Again, I say men will break the law, which is no reason to abandon laws.

To those who say not all men, I agree. Any law against handguns would only affect men with handguns. Other men would spend their days as I do, happy to live in a slightly safer Toronto.

The gun debate has been made more tedious because it follows gun-owners’ talking points, many of which are absurd. First, I will repeat that a handgun will be unhelpful once the grizzly is within range. Second, American laws are irrelevant. We are Canadian.

A government’s first duty is to protect citizens from violent death. As Mayor John Tory and Prime Minister Trudeau discussed on Tuesday, one path is to give young men places to go and things to do in a world where guns make wealth look easy. Another way is to ban guns, these small wretched male toys radiating death.

Heather Mallick is a columnist based in Toronto covering current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @HeatherMallick

Australian tourist shot dead in camper while travelling with Canadian fiancée in New Zealand.
Police said the couple was parked at a scenic spot near the coastal town of Raglan when a suspect approached their van just after 3 a.m. on Friday . Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley told media the suspect fired a number of shots into the van, injuring the Australian tourist. The woman managed to escape and run away, and she called police. Pitkethley said the suspect then stole the van and drove away with the injured tourist still inside. Police found the van at 8 a.m. about 75 kilometers (46 miles) away in the village of Gordonton with the body of the Australian inside.

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