One more tragedy to prove need for tighter gun laws

One more tragedy to prove need for tighter gun laws

Torontonians were understandably shocked when a broad avenue best known for its lively restaurants and family-friendly festivals was suddenly covered in spent bullet casings. Then horrified, as details emerged about the victims in Sunday night’s tragedy where a man zigzagged across Danforth Ave., purposefully shooting at groups of people. A 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman dead simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and 13 people injured, as of Monday night, after being struck by bullets. On Monday, politicians expressed their outrage at the shooter — a 29-year-old man now dead himself — and gratitude for the work of the city’s first responders and the incredible courage of Torontonians who helped care for victims. Shock, horror, outrage and gratitude — that’s the standard emotional order for mass casualty events, which are all too common in the U.S. These terrible acts are blessedly still rare in Canada. Though Torontonians facing this one just months after the tragic van attack on Yonge St. and gang-related shootings in between could be forgiven for wondering if that’s starting to change. Read more: Suspected Danforth shooter’s family cites psychosis, ‘severe mental health challenges,’ after SIU identifies him as Faisal Hussain, 29, of Toronto What we know and what we don’t know about the mass shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Sunday The step that Americans don’t take in the aftermath of mass shootings is the one that we must take. And that’s reducing the number of guns on our streets. “I’ve […]

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