Guns and Gangs in Toronto
Since Torontoist generally concentrates on peeving off the city’s pizza eaters, it becomes quite the spot when commenting about the spate of gun violence in the city. But the situation has long since become unavoidable.
We notice that Royson James thinks no else in the city cares, the Globe and Mail suggests that guns aren’t coming from the US, and John Tory thinks he’s didn’t get beat in the last mayoral election. We also notice these shootings resemble that of a gang-war, not random gun-play. Much like the Mayor has said over and over, gangs are largely the result of poverty, underemployment and generally poor neighbourhood infrastructure. While Miller is characterized as ‘soft’ on crime by conservative editorials, his views appear more balanced than say that of, ohhhh, Councilor Giorgio Mammoliti. This is the man that wishes to impose a 11 pm curfew on children 16 years of age and under, irrespective of their role in gang violence. Mammoliti’s ideas are the definition of knee-jerk, while Miller and Chief Blair attempt to produce actual results. One hopes with another meeting this Thursday, Miller and McGuinty can get together on more practical solutions.