Mayor John Tory has reached out to the Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale and Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Yasi Naqvi after a recent string of shootings in Toronto.
Tory calls it a real concern for himself, colleagues on City Council, our police service, and most of all for the residents we serve.
Tory says Toronto is still one of the safest big cities worldwide as the violence is largely confined to people involved in the gang subculture.
The mayor says police are working very hard to do their part and this year alone officers have taken more than 300 illegal guns off the streets.
That’s why Tory says he’ll be supporting Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti’s emergency gun amnesty motion that would give cash or groceries for guns.
Tory also says about half of illegal guns seized by police are being smuggled across the border from the United States. He says “we simply cannot let this stand and we must do everything in our power, working together, to stem the flow of illegal guns into our country.”
Tory says “we must act now to strengthen enforcement at the border, as the numbers suggest such action would have the greatest and most immediate impact.”
He is also calling for more cameras and other alternatives to get young people engaged in something other than guns and gang violence.
We need to stop gun violence in Toronto. Looking for help of federal & provincial govt’s. Read my letter here: https://t.co/JgXNfxAcwW
— John Tory (@JohnTory) June 8, 2016