How about making that CRIMINAL PROBLEMS instead?
[socialist fucktard] Oh, but the poor misguided darlings wouldn't be compelled to do bad things if there weren't any guns around to tempt them. [/socialist fucktard]
Gun problems plague cities across Canada
Heather Sokoloff, National Post
Published: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Toronto is not the only Canadian metropolis with a gun problem. Police across the country are seizing more and more handguns -- all of them illegal -- as the problem moves from gangs to what were once safe city streets.
In the past six months, an Edmonton girl was shot on her 18th birthday by a low-level criminal cruising the suburbs with a gun in his car. Two men walked into a Vancouver restaurant one afternoon and started shooting, making a room full of innocent bystanders fear for their lives. Police in Regina apprehended a stash of four automatic machine guns.
Constable Howard Chow of the Vancouver Police Department remembers five or 10 years ago that police would be surprised to find the occasional gun on the person or in the car of a criminal suspect.
"Now every night it seems there is a gun-related incident," Const. Chow said. The problem in Vancouver is so bad police created a new squad to patrol the downtown entertainment district on nights and weekends to keep gang members in check.
This month, one of the officers arrested the shooter of 23-year-old Lee Matasi, a block away from where he was killed by a gunshot outside a nightclub. He had just returned to Vancouver after graduating from art school. The shooter was not known to police.
Seven people died in the West Coast city during 2005 as a result of a guns, out of 16 homicides.
In Edmonton, the the numbers are staggering: 13 gun deaths out of 37 homicides. The Alberta city was been shaken by the death of Sara Easton, who was struck in the head by a single bullet as she walked home with friends after her 18th birthday celebration in October. Her group exchanged words with William Edward Wharry Jr., before he allegedly drove a half block and fired out the window.
The alleged gunman, who has been charged with second-degree murder, knew no one in her group. He had a history with Edmonton police but was not a known gang member.
Gun violence used to be confined almost entirely to gangs fighting among themselves. Though tragic, it meant law-abiding citizens could go about their business without fearing a stray bullet was headed their way.
But now, says Const. Chow, lower-level criminals with little or no police history are arming themselves, believing carrying a gun makes them cool.
"Mix a little bit of testosterone, mix a little bit of alcohol, add a firearm and it's going to have a tragic outcome."
Vancouver gun seizures are up 43% since 2002; almost all illegally smuggled from the United States.
Police officials such as Const. Chow want the federal government to bring in mandatory minimum sentences for illegal gun possession.
Constable Bryce Clarke, of the Edmonton Police Service, says gang members have never been less hesitant about using firearms on each other -- and firing into crowds to reach their targets.
"The mentality of these drug dealers and gang members is that they will do anything to protect their business."
Const. Clarke says the gang members have little marksman skill, so when they fire, everyone is in danger.
"Imagine someone you know has never shot a gun before, imagine that person going and pulling up to the front of a busy bar and trying to aim at one person. So they shoot six or seven bullets. The likelihood that someone else will get shot is gigantic."
In Calgary, eight out of 23 homicides were gun-related during 2005. Five of the eight gun deaths were connected to gangs.
Buy your own guns, and the problems will go away.
As I said in this thread,
"It's all Bush's fault! Chimpy McBushHitlerBurton's Haliburton Hurricane Machine blew illegal junk guns from the US into innocent Canadian schoolchildren's hands, causing them to become mass-murdering zombies!"
Damn, I thought we were going to get through that article without the problem being blamed on the U.S., oh well.
Maybe if the bad guys had some fear from HONEST people being armed they would not have such problems.
Don't bash Canada, you should bash the Liberals that live there.
Canada has a gang problem. The gang problem was created by the liberal soft-on-crime legal system and the liberal immigration policies that enhance die-versity.
The liberals will blame the problem on guns because they must protect their sacred cows.