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Hoser Shoots Hoser
by Lee

When will America learn to follow Canada’s lead with strict gun control laws and outrageous social spending, so that we are not subject to violence like this?

Shots rang out across Toronto overnight—sending at least seven men to hospital.

For the second day in a row, Toronto police found themselves investigating a shooting near Allen and the 4-0-1. On Sunday, shots rang out during a memorial for two murdered members of the community. And last night—more gunfire. A man said to be 31 years old was left with a gunshot wound to the hand, and one to the groin—but they’re not life-threatening injuries. There’s word police are looking for 8 suspects in that case.

Also last night, bullets flew at Finch and Weston, leaving one man in critical condition and another with less serious injuries. The two men were shot behind a diner there, in what police say was an attempted robbery.

Last night’s violence began around 10:30, near Church and Dundas. One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries when they were shot at a telephone booth.

Then around midnight, a man was shot twice while leaving a restaurant near Islington and the Lakeshore.

Shots rang out again near Birchmount and Finch. Apparently someone drove up beside the victim, got out of their vehicle, and started shooting. He’s apparently not co-operating with police—but should be just fine.

Then around 2 a-m, a man was shot in the leg near Allen Gardens.

No arrests have been made in any of these incidents.

As Michael Moore tells us, this is a symptom of America’s “Culture of Violence™” and could be avoided if we were only more “Canada-like.”

Posted by Lee on 07/27/05 at 08:22 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 07/27/05 at 09:31 PM from United States

Well, at the very least I’m sure they were very polite shootings…

Posted by on 07/27/05 at 09:48 PM from United States

and they’ll get thier gunshot wounds treated for free.

What’s the wait on a GSW these days?

Posted by on 07/27/05 at 10:38 PM from United States

What’s the wait on a GSW these days?

I’m sure they’ll reach the front of the line just in time for the amputations.

Posted by Sean Galbraith on 07/27/05 at 10:48 PM from Canada

Terrible violence.. and yet crime is still down overall (lowest in over a decade, IIRC). We’ve got, so to speak, room to kill. :-)

Posted by Drumwaster on 07/27/05 at 10:52 PM from United States

Same here, fwiw.

The pun was awful, btw, just not “hold nose and run screaming from the room” awful. :-p

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 05:03 AM from Canada

Terrible violence.. and yet crime is still down overall (lowest in over a decade, IIRC). We’ve got, so to speak, room to kill. :-)

Must be nice to be in the part of Canada you are in Sean.  The city I am in passed last year’s homicide rate by early July.  The local news is reporting shootings and gun related crimes almost every day.  Seems like some large shipment of guns has shown up.

You could blame it on the heat, but it’s not that hot.  I mean, our igloos are only getting a little sweat on the outside, not actually melting.

Posted by Sean Galbraith on 07/28/05 at 07:53 AM from Canada

Drum: *bow* And that’s excellent news that the US’ rate is dropping.

Jabba: I’m in Toronto (or thereabouts). My igloo melted about a month ago at the beginning of the heat wave. I think I saw a little Asian dude in Chinatown burst into flames last week, but he might just have been protesting something.
As for news reports… I’m glad that crime is still rare enough that it gets reported. When I lived in Florida, most murders in Miami (same population size, roughly, as Toronto) didn’t get covered (I can only speculate as to why, but there were a hell of a lot of them).

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 10:16 AM from United States

Well, at least the takeover by the Islamists won’t be noticed.  They don’t use guns to “convert” people.  Chop, chop.

Posted by sneaky_pete on 07/28/05 at 11:40 AM from United States

A man said to be 31 years old was left with a gunshot wound to the hand, and one to the groin

I wonder if that was just one shot?

Posted by sneaky_pete on 07/28/05 at 11:41 AM from United States

I think I saw a little Asian dude in Chinatown burst into flames last week, but he might just have been protesting something.

Funny stuff!

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 11:52 AM from United States

Yes.  You’re right.  That sounds absolutely terrible.  Much worse than the daily average of 90 people killed per day by gun shot wounds in the US.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully support the 2nd amendment.  (Well, within reason.  I mean, a nuclear weapon is an ‘arm.’ I don’t think we have the right to own a nuclear weapon.)

But, there is definitely something wrong here that isn’t wrong there.

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 01:50 PM from United States

Much worse than the daily average of 90 people killed per day by gun shot wounds in the US.

That’s 90 people spread out (no pune intended) over how many thousands of cities, towns, rural areas?  Or if you want to squeeze most of those killings in to a few major metro areas, that means even less killings in the rest of the country.

90 a day by gun shot wounds.  100 a day is average for auto deaths.  So you have a 0.000000304 % chgance of being killed iin the US by a gun.  If your not a cop, or a criminal, or committing suicide (on purpose or accidentally) what are the chances, then of being killed?

Posted by Lee on 07/28/05 at 01:59 PM from United States

That’s 90 people spread out (no pune intended) over how many thousands of cities, towns, rural areas? 

You also have to look at the types of guns that are owned there.  The vast majority of firearms in Canada are long guns—rifles, shotguns, etc.  Here in the US we have millions of handguns, the preferred weapon of criminals.  Plus, as you mentioned, the concentration of weapons has to be taken into account.  Most of the people killed by gun violence in this country are criminals engaged in criminal enterprise, where getting shot is part of doing business.  That represents no threat to the average citizen.

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 02:19 PM from United States

I think I saw a little Asian dude in Chinatown burst into flames last week

Love that Movie!

Jabba- where are you? Kansas City, Missouri is on a banner run this year as well.

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 02:21 PM from United States

That represents no threat to the average citizen.

Just the stray bullets. It would be nice if they could at least AIM.

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