WARMINGTON: No bang with gun ban

Ban all the legal guns you can find.

Build as many brand new community centres you can budget, throw millions of dollars into social welfare programs and improved community housing.

But don’t expect the shootings to stop.

Don’t expect the guns to disappear or drugs and crime either.

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And with Toronto already at 68 murders, many of them gun-related – number 67 involved Faysal Mohamed Hees, 26, who was shot to death in his Etobicoke highrise apartment building Friday – what’s the answer?

“There’s no replacing boots on the ground,” says Toronto Police Association President McCormack. “We need more officers on the street.”

A union boss looking for new members? Or is he absolutely right?

McCormack believes he and Mayor John Tory are actually on the same page on staffing. Just not in prioritizing it.

A tweet McCormack put out this week illustrated that.

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“A gun ban is not the solution. In discussions with (Mayor) John Tory to get the resources we need now to improve public safety and reduce officer burn-out.”

He’s hoping they will meet this week where his message to the mayor will be clear.

“We need to deploy 250 officers by the end of the year,” said McCormack. “It’s the only way we can help make an immediate dent in this year’s out of control violence.”

The gangs and criminals “know we only have a few cars on shift in some divisions,” said McCormack.

And they exploit it.

“There are so many calls we can’t get to anymore because we just don’t have enough officers.”

Banning the sale of legal guns is not going to help that.

Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association.
(Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

“Pushing a gun ban is good for the politicians but does absolutely nothing for the officers on the street,” said McCormack.

Tory has been quoted saying 50% of crimes on the street are caused by guns stolen from legal owners but McCormack said the statistic fed to Tory and other politicians is not accurate or reflective of what’s really going on.

Other studies put at more like 12%.

“A crime gun is a crime gun,” said McCormack.

Whatever avenue is shut down, there’s other sources that can fill the void.

Stopping the sale of legal guns for target shooting is not a solution.

“What we need is a more robust presence in the street to keep all people with illegal guns in check,” he said. “That starts with a new influx of police officers deployed.”

Tory told the Sun Wednesday at the barbecue for Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon that “we have hired 200 officers” as part of an overall approach to beef up the numbers.

But McCormack said while it’s a start it’s not going to help now.

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“That 200 that won’t be in uniform until next year and won’t replace the 500 officers who have retired or left,” he said.

His suggestion is “deploy 250 this year.”

He said “open the doors of our police college which are training 57 new recruits now to another 250,” he said. “If we all work together we can have them trained in three months and deployed by the end of the year. We better get going.”

Of course this will cost money but in a year when Toronto could break its homicide record or even hit 100 murders, it seems like a good place to spend it.

Or just have a legal handgun ban?

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies