Toronto, Canada, has recorded its 21st fatal shooting—more than double the count this time last year—and the city is averaging at least one shooting a day. On Monday, Toronto Mayor John Tory wrote that the shootings are “largely a result of targeted gang violence” and he has berated the “brazen” gang violence as “totally unacceptable.”
Now, however, Tory says he supports a call for a gun amnesty, despite any evidence that it would make a difference. “I’m not going to rule out any tool that we can use … to try and get at this.”
How exactly Tory thinks having law-abiding gun owners turn in their firearms will impact what he’s already admitted is gang violence is unclear. But it’s a story we’ve heard before—a city swept up in deadly gang violence, yet working feverishly to keep guns out of the hands of those who need them most.