Toronto Mayor John Tory led a call for more gun control soon after a shooting that left two dead and 13 injured this week in Canada’s largest city.
Toronto Police are investigating the shooting which happened late Sunday night on Danforth Avenue in the crowded Greektown enclave where a man with a handgun opened fire, killing an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl. The suspected killer, identified by the Ontario Special Investigations Unit as Faisal Hussain, 29, was dead at the end of the incident, while 13 others, ranging in age from 17 to 59 years old, were sent to area hospitals, reportedly shot.
“Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?” Tory, elected to lead the city in 2014, asked a city council meeting on Monday, saying he would press both provincial leaders and those in Ottawa for more regulations on firearms.
As previously reported by Guns.com, Canada’s firearm laws are strict, with a possession and acquisition license, or PAL, needed to legally own a firearm. With the license comes extensive background checks, mandatory training, and letters of reference as well as about $200 in fees.
Further, there is no such thing as Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground for justifiable homicide in Canada. No guarantee of a right to keep and bear arms. No concealed carry other than for narrow exceptions. The government basically said gun ownership is for target shooting and hunting only, with many types of guns popular in the U.S. highly restricted in the country — which require another degree of licensing. Nonetheless, underground gun factories have surfaced in several provinces as a means for criminals to duck regulations.
Within hours of the Toronto shooting, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts took to social media to argue that 90 percent of crime guns recovered in Canada came from the U.S, which is refuted by figures from the ATF which held that about 45 percent of the recovered firearms checked through that agency tracked back to U.S. retailers and another 30 percent to foreign countries.
There has been a 30% rise in crimes involving guns across Canada. Just last week, Toronto police deployed an additional 200 officers to patrol the streets during evenings and weekends. At least 90% of Canada’s crime guns come from the US. https://t.co/rEJL86dizZ
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 23, 2018