Irrational call for outright ban will do nothing to stem gang violence
TORONTO, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The call for a complete ban on all guns
and ammunition in the City of Toronto by Toronto City Councillor Adam
Vaughan is another naïve and misdirected attempt to address the issue
of gun violence by gangs in that city.
"Once again, we see an urban politician seeking to demonize all legal
law-abiding firearms owners and portray them as part of the problem,
when the recent violence in Toronto is clearly the result of gang
activity and has nothing to do with trained and licensed hunters and
recreational sport shooters," said Greg Farrant, Manager of Government
Affairs & Policy.
"We agree that having bullets flying in public areas of the city where
innocent bystanders are caught in the crossfire is deplorable. The
recent shootings at the Eaton Centre are profoundly disturbing, but
they had nothing to do with the legal, lawful use of firearms by
trained, licensed and law abiding firearms owners, and everything to do
with street violence. To suggest that by banning legally owned guns and
ammunition, this type of gang related activity will cease, is
Police forces across Canada have indicated that a large number of
illegal guns that have ended up on the streets of their communities and
in the hands of criminals and gang members have been smuggled in from
the United States. The OFAH does not believe that a ban on guns and
ammunition in the City of Toronto will hamper criminals' ability to
illegally acquire guns, nor will it stop them from using illegal
firearms to target their rivals. Criminals who cannot acquire guns
within the City limits will simply travel to neighbouring jurisdictions
and use these same guns on the streets of Toronto.
"The only ones affected by bans are the legal firearms owners. Criminals
will continue to acquire guns on the street, whether it's in the City
of Toronto or elsewhere, and use them to settle their differences. No
ban, however well intentioned, will address that fact," added Farrant.
"Instead of targeting the law abiding, the Councillor should be looking
for ways to work with the senior levels of government to significantly
increase the penalties for the illegal possession and/or use of illegal
firearms and to prevent these illegal guns from getting into the
country in the first place."
With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 675 member
clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife
conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters.
For more information, visit www.ofah.org.
SOURCE Ontario Federation of Anglers
For further information:
Manger of Government Affairs and Policy
705-748-6324 ext 236
Manager of Communications
705-748-6324 ext 270