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Toronto’s War on Licensed Gun Owners Continues Unabated

On June 6, 2019, The City of Toronto’s Executive Committee adopted another “recommendation” to ban the sale of handguns within city limits.

For reasons that are clearly intended to deflect from their total impotence in controlling gang crime, these bright lights want Torontonians to believe that by preventing federally-licensed sport shooters from legally purchasing handguns from federally-licensed firearm retailers, they will miraculously stop the violence plaguing Toronto streets.

Of course, violent criminals and gang members do not purchase their guns from legitimate, licensed retailers. They buy them from organized crime vendors with elaborate smuggling operations.

Everyone, including the head of the Toronto City Police union, understands this.

“There’s no way in my world or any world I know that this would have an impact on somebody who’s going to go out and buy an illegal gun and use it to kill another person or shoot another person,” says Mike McCormack[i], the president of the Toronto Police Association.

Sadly, the mayor and his executive do not. Facts don’t meet their preconceived ideas. That’s the problem with preconceived ideas – they exist in a fact-free vacuum.

Toronto’s mayor first demanded the federal government ban handguns in Toronto two days after a terrorist shot and killed a young woman and a child and injured 13 others.

Since the federal government has not, so far, done the bidding of Toronto’s delusional mayor, it seems those self-important types holed up in their ivory tower believe making their demands again, only louder, will achieve their desired goal.

From the City of Toronto’s website:[ii]

The Executive Committee recommends that:
1. City Council reiterate its requests to the Government of Canada to:
a. ban the sale of handguns in the City of Toronto;
b. prohibit the availability, sale, possession and use of handguns, assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms in Canada, with the exception of the Canadian Armed Forces, police services or other entity that is authorized to possess firearms with legal obligations imposed by the municipal, provincial and federal governments;

Following a series of “recommendations” already passed into law in Bill C-71, (yet to be proclaimed), they reiterate their demand for centralized firearm storage.

f. create gun repositories that require all long guns and hand guns to be locked up and only retrieved if and where there is a need for hunting or going to the range for target practice, such repositories to be developed in a private-public partnership;

They also call for the Government of Ontario to ban the sale of handgun ammunition.

How this would be determined is anyone’s guess, since there are dozens of rifles that fire ammunition that the know-nothing-about-the-subject brainiacs in Toronto’s Council Chambers would believe to be “handgun ammunition.”

This foolishness will be further “considered by City Council on June 18, 2019.”

Expect another grand – but powerless – virtue-signalling pronouncement from Toronto’s fearless leaders shortly afterward.

 

 
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