One city councilor says he smells another “Year of the Gun” but he wants something done now to make sure that doesn’t come to fruition.
Giorgio Mammoliti wants to see another gun amnesty program in Toronto, where firearms can be turned in without fear of prosecution.
The difference this time around is what he wants to do in return: give out $200 grocery vouchers to those who bring something in.
The councilor will introduce a motion at Tuesday’s council meeting asking for support for the idea.
“I think it’s an option that’s available to us right now and we do need to do something in a hurry. We’ve got to do something. It’s going to crazy this summer. This is the only crack we have at city council to adopt some kind of a strategy.”
According to the most recent statistics from the Toronto police website, as of June 6, there have been 170 shootings in the city, and nearly 240 victims. Of those, 20 were murdered.
In 2005, of Toronto’s 79 murders, the overwhelming majority, 52, were caused by gun.
Mammoliti is appealing to mothers and relatives of those that may be hiding guns, to bring them in to police. He says the offer of food may entice more people to take part.
“Most of these guns that are hidden and are being used are in our very poor pockets in the city of Toronto. Normally individuals that just won’t be able to afford it may know where those guns are. Before we get to a point that’s unmanageable, we should be starting to talk about how we’re going to deal with it. I think gun amnesty is a good thing for us to talk about.”
Council has a few other items to tackle on the June agenda.
Just last week the city’s integrity commissioner found Councilor Jim Karygiannis violated the code of conduct, with his “agressive” actions in two separate incidents.
Valerie Jepson has suggested Karygiannis be reprimanded by council, but she stopped short of a suspension or a fine for the first-term councilor.
Council will also consider asking the TTC to incorporate driverless vehicles into it’s operations.