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<p>What more is there to say? How much more crime, how much more violence, and how many more deaths have to occur before everything possible is done to stop it? How much more can we take?</p>

Illegal weapons ban can cut crime


What more is there to say? How much more crime, how much more violence, and how many more deaths have to occur before everything possible is done to stop it? How much more can we take?





Some people are so fed up they’ve stopped paying attention to the news altogether. But how can they shut it out? It’s everywhere, from the radio to newspaper headlines to the television sets playing in our living rooms.





People I know, especially those with children still at home, don’t want to let these disturbing incidents into their realm of thinking, saying to themselves, “Things like this don’t happen in my neighbourhood.”





Tell that to the family of 11-year-old Ephraim Brown, who was innocently enjoying a special night with 100 other people, at a block party in Toronto this past Sunday morning when he was shot in the neck by a stray bullet. Obviously, they had felt safe enough — until now — to let their children participate in outdoor barbecues and celebrations on a relaxed summer’s eve.





What more is there to say?





We’re tired of these stories of innocent children losing their lives, bystanders caught in the crossfire, victims of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Those of us who live in neighbourhoods where these things tend to happen are exhausted from grief, and from futile attempts to instill change.





Those of us who think we live in “safe” neighbourhoods and are therefore cleared of our responsibility to help make these changes, need to think again. Perhaps today it’s not our community, but unfortunately, tomorrow it very well could be.





It’s time we all band together — every community in every city — to make a change. It’s time we speak out. We need to demand that on a municipal level, there’s better police patrol; and both on a provincial and federal level, that there be better gun control.





Without that, young men can walk through our streets, randomly firing their weapons at each other, without a care as to who gets caught in the middle.





What more is there to say?





We need to put the pressure on. In my opinion, nobody in our urban cities who isn’t involved in policing needs to own a personal handgun.





I’m tired of hearing the endless debate between politicians whose fear of bringing in gun controls has them insisting they aren’t deterrent enough. But experts say they damn well do reduce crime.





So let’s insist they try. Gather up all the illegal handguns, confiscate them, rid our cities and our streets of these harmful weapons, and we’ll see a lot less killings and pain.





What more is there to say?





Enough is enough.



letters@metronews.ca


 
 
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