In wake of shooting, gun ownership under debate in Toronto

In wake of shooting, gun ownership under debate in Toronto

TORONTO — Of all the things people in Toronto are horrified by in the aftermath of the shooting that killed two people and injured 13, this stands out: The man responsible had a handgun. To mass shooting-weary America – where there are about 300 million guns of all kinds – possession of a handgun might seem commonplace. But in Toronto, the very idea that someone would have a handgun, much less take it out in public and fire it, is nearly incomprehensible. On Tuesday evening, after nearly 10 hours of discussing gun crimes, the City Council voted to urge the federal and provincial government to ban the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition in the largest city in Canada, and the fourth largest in North America. "If anything, what’s happened in the United States is what not to do," said City Councilman Joe Cressy, who proposed the motion Tuesday. Agreed Toronto Mayor John Tory: "Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?" The measure passed 41 to four; the country’s public safety minister said Tuesday that Ottawa was already considering tightening handgun laws, even prior to Sunday’s shooting. It’s unclear how the shooter in Sunday’s tragedy obtained his gun. And officials haven’t discovered a motive for why 29-year-old Faisal Hussain targeted diners enjoying a warm summer night at restaurants and cafes in Toronto’s popular Greektown neighborhood, killing a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman. His parents said he had suffered from severe mental illness his […]

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In wake of shooting, gun ownership under debate in Toronto

In wake of shooting, gun ownership under debate in Toronto

A young girl writes a message on the sidewalk at a site remembering the victims of a Sunday evening shooting on Danforth Avenue, in Toronto on Monday, July 24, 2018. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP) TORONTO (AP) — Of all the things people in Toronto are horrified by in the aftermath of the shooting that killed two people and injured 13, this stands out: The man responsible had a handgun. To mass shooting-weary America — where there are about 300 million guns of all kinds — possession of a handgun might seem commonplace. But in Toronto, the very idea that someone would have a handgun, much less take it out in public and fire it, is nearly incomprehensible. Now, the City Council is considering a motion urging the federal and provincial government to ban the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition in Canada’s largest city. “If anything, what’s happened in the United States is what not to do,” said City Councilman Joe Cressy, who was expected to propose the idea of banning handguns and ammunition on Tuesday. Agreed Toronto Mayor John Tory: “Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?” It’s unclear how the shooter in Sunday’s tragedy obtained his gun. And officials haven’t discovered a motive for why 29-year-old Faisal Hussain targeted diners enjoying a warm summer night at restaurants and cafes in Toronto’s popular Greektown neighborhood, killing a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman. His parents said he had suffered from severe […]

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