All the other answers come after fewer guns

All the other answers come after fewer guns

Gun Rights

On Sunday, three kilometres from my house in the east end of downtown Toronto, two heartbreakingly young people were killed and 13 others shot in one of the city’s largest mass shootings yet. Last month, not even a kilometre from my childhood home in north Scarborough, where my parents still live, two even younger girls were shot (though thankfully not killed) while at a playground, of all places. And since 2018 began, people all around the city have been forced to reckon with the aftermath of bullets in their neighbourhoods – the funerals, the injuries, the grief, fear and shock that remain long after public attention has moved on. The first thing to do about it is rid Toronto of guns. Other solutions, many of which I support, can be complicated. It’s often hard for longer-term measures to receive funding because the causes and effects aren’t straightforward, or fast. Eliminating weapons – particularly handguns, which are designed to do nothing but murder people – has the immediate effect of less murder. That’s the place to start. We know this. We know it because Canada has far fewer guns than our immediate neighbour, the United States, and as such a dramatically lower rate of gun crime. But that relative comparison is problematic when it makes us complacent about making sure that our own relationship to guns doesn’t change. We’re so busy feeling better than the U.S. that we don’t consider that our standing among other wealthy countries isn’t that great: […]

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