Toronto Mass Shooting Sparks Gun Ownership Debate

Toronto Mass Shooting Sparks Gun Ownership Debate

(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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