If you are in Toronto, you no doubt recognise Efraim Brown. He sadly is the latest victim of gun crime in this city. If you aren't familiar with him, he was 11 and caught in the crossfire of two rival gangs. Toronto Police within 2 days, have arrested the two that they believe were responsible.
The mayor and the premier, have asked the Federal Government, once again, to ban handguns. I understand that Quebec and one other province is also considering this action. As expected, the government has refused to consider this and of course goes on to bash the Senate and the Liberals.
So, aside from the obvious, (playing to their base), why are they so dismissive?
Banning handguns obviously isn't going to end gun violence, but given that half, (48% actually) of the guns used on our streets are stolen from gun owners, isn't it a step in the right direction? That coupled with work on the border and co-operation from the US, surely would be a start?
Obviously, there are social issues and programs to consider and they too are important and are going forward here anyway, with some success.
Who, in this country needs a hand gun?
I can only conclude, that in order to preserve their base, the Conservatives are content not to do everything that can be done, to prevent more violence.
This is not only insane, it's immoral, imo.