On Monday, after running a factually-dubious cover article claiming Toronto was in the midst of another “summer of the gun,” the Toronto Sun conducted a poll asking their readers if they thought Toronto was safe. Of 3648 respondents, 72% said no.
At least the Sun gave their readers an option: after CityNews also published a story claiming a summer of the gun, their poll offered voters five possible responses to the question “Do you believe Toronto is enduring another ‘summer of the gun?'”: “Yes, we’ve had too many shootings”; “No, it’s always this way now”; “Only in certain areas”; “It’s not just the summer”; and “Other.” Sigh.
We’re curious as to whether the perspective held by the Sun and its readers—and the people running City’s polls—is one shared by Torontoist’s readers. If we go by the accepted definition of “safe” as the adjective applies to places (“Affording security or immunity; not exposing to danger; not likely to cause harm or injury,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary), is Toronto, as a city, safe for its citizens?
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