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Canada refuses to face reality.

Canadian officials, seeking to make sense of another fatal shooting in what has been a record year for gun-related deaths, said Tuesday that along with a host of social ills, part of the problem stemmed from what they said was the United States exporting its violence.

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Toronto Mayor David Miller warned that Canada could become like the United States after gunfire erupted Monday on a busy street filled with holiday shoppers, killing a 15-year-old girl and wounding six bystanders—the latest victims in a record surge in gun violence in Toronto.

The shooting stemmed from a dispute among a group of 10 to 15 youth, and the victim was a teenager out with a parent near a popular shopping mall, police said Tuesday.

“I think it’s a day that Toronto has finally lost its innocence,” Det. Sgt. Savas Kyriacou said. “It was a tragic loss and tragic day.”

While many Canadians take pride in Canadian cities being less violent than their American counterparts, Toronto has seen 78 murders this year, including a record 52 gun-related deaths—almost twice as many as last year.

“What happened yesterday was appalling. You just don’t expect it in a Canadian city,” the mayor said.

“It’s a sign that the lack of gun laws in the U.S. is allowing guns to flood across the border that are literally being used to kill people in the streets of Toronto,” Miller said.

Miller said Toronto, a city of nearly three million, is still very safe compared to most American cities, but the illegal flow of weapons from the United States is causing the noticeable rise in gun violence.

“The U.S. is exporting its problem of violence to the streets of Toronto,” he said.

There are a number of things at work here.  The first is that the Canadian social welfare system, which they hold up as being a model for the world in its ability to provide for the needy and thus reduce the “need” for people to turn to crime, is failing.  The second is the belief that guns cause crime, when crime is a symptom of social failure and guns are merely the most convenient tool with which to do the job.  The third is that Canada’s gun registry has been a monumental failure, despite costing roughly fifteen times the original estimate.  The fourth is that this is an election year, and rather than speak honestly to the Canadian public about any of these issues, Canadian politicians are falling back on the most trusty old sawhorse in their political arsenal:  blame America. 

“It’s not aboot us, eh.  Our problems aren’t our own.  We’ve got a social welfare system and free health care.  We love each other.  We don’t lock our doors.  If we’re having a problem with guns and gang violence, it just can’t be our fault.  It’s those damn hoser Americans, isn’t it!  With their guns and their cowboy president and their love of violence.  You know what America needs?  It needs to be more Canada-like.  If they followed our lead and implemented a social welfare system and gave everyone free health care, then their crime rate would drop… like ours.  Oh.”

The rise in Canadian crime is a failure of the Canadian system, and has nothing to do with rates of gun ownership in America.  Yes, the guns going into Canada are coming from America, but this is because the criminal element in Canada is creating a demand for them.  This is EXACTLY the same dynamic that gun rights advocates in America use to point out the inherent stupidity of gun control laws: when you pass a law against guns, criminals will be the only armed people, because by the very definition of the term criminals do not follow laws.  Canada seems to think that by disarming the law-abiding public somehow this will keep weapons out of the hands of criminal gangs, when this idea is absolutely absurd on its face. 

Canada.  Where real progress is always impeded by a pathological need to blame everything on America.

Posted by Lee on 12/28/05 at 09:02 AM in Those Wacky Canadians • Permalink

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