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Thoughts and prayers won’t stop the gun violence

October 2020

Thoughts and prayers are all that our politicians really seem interested in doing to help solve the gun violence, mostly gang-related, plaguing our major cities, especially in Toronto. Sure, there are arrests made and guns seized, but these are on a level of tokenism.

While arrests and seizures are certainly good, when these gang-bangers are being released on bail and getting their hands on another illegal gun before the ink on their arrest report is even dry, that’s a classic example of putting your finger against a hole in a dike while the rest of it crumbles around you.

With police no longer allowed to conduct street checks and the disbandment of the Toronto Police TAVIS unit, gun-toting thugs are more emboldened and the shootings are occurring more often and the shooters are getting more and more brazen. No longer afraid of being stopped and searched by police, these thugs are carrying their illegal guns more frequently and thus, have them ready when they encounter a rival gang member.

The reality is that there is no magic solution that is needed to resolve this plague; the answer is actually quite simple:

Start publicly naming the gangs and their members.

Clean up the city parks and end the drug trade there. Bring back a TAVIS-style gang strategy and utilize modern technology to resume carding and collect needed intelligence.

Introduce no bail for serious violence and make violent criminals serve full sentences without parole.

Pay terrorized community members handsomely to testify against thugs and have a real witness protection and relocation program to help avoid retaliation. Open the jail cells again. Build more.

Drop political correctness narratives when fighting crime and criminals. Upgrade the TCHC housing units and complexes, including making them gated communities where you must identify yourself to come in and out. Create a program to help residents purchase their units.

It’s not like authorities don’t know who the gangs are. It’s just the system has become handcuffed and paralyzed to shut them down. Much of the crime emanates from a few parts of town so perhaps consider a curfew for travel in and out of those areas?

Hand out lengthy sentences for offences with a gun, whether fired or not, starting with simple possession, and go up from there. We also shouldn’t be afraid to designate gang-bangers as dangerous offenders and confine them to prison indefinitely.

This likely won’t end gang and gun violence, as easy money and power can be very strong motivators, but it certainly will have a positive impact of community safety.

It will also be a better solution than punishing law-abiding gun owners.

Sources: https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/warmington-wild-weekend-of-shootings-like-a-civil-war, https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-police-undermined-as-toronto-gun-violence-skyrockets

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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