Finally.Published on July 25, 2018
The shooting on the Danforth this week was a tragic reminder of the complex, multi-faceted problem of gun violence in the city. The victims – young and brimming full of potential – should not be forgotten. We must continue to act to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.
Last night, City Council moved to ban the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition in Toronto. It took many - too many - tragedies to get us to this point.
#DanforthStrong can’t simply mean that we are resilient in the face of tragedy. It must also mean that we are resolute in dealing with the causes of crime and gun violence in our city. We have taken a positive step in that direction and I commend Joe Cressy, John Tory, and the rest of Council for their leadership.
Torontonians should be proud that their elected representatives voted to combat gun violence. But yesterday's vote must translate into today's action. The critics will be loud and legion. They'll say that this is just symbolic. That criminals will still be able to acquire handguns and ammunition and that law-abiding gun owners are being punished. Without corresponding action from other governments - our municipal neighbours, the province, and the federal government - they may be proven right. It will take hard leadership - holding our governmental partners to account, enacting further reforms such as a similar ban on assault rifles and mandatory liability insurance for gun sellers and owners - to prove them wrong.
We can't stop now. We're on our way. And we're determined that today and tomorrow will be better.