|One of the two people killed in the Danzig shootings on Monday |
credit: Liam Casey/Toronto Star
There was another public barrage of bullets yesterday in Toronto. Two people died and twenty-four others were injured.
Twenty-four others were injured. I'll let that sink in for a moment. Now I'll continue: one of the victims is twenty-two months old. Good luck letting that sink in.
Originally we were told that many of the victims were injured as people rushed to vacate the area of the gunfire. But that wasn't the case as all but one of the twenty-six people who were either killed or injured in the melee last night were hit by a bullet (or several bullets).
In Toronto, we are told that "violence is down" from past years and our mayor insists that this was an "isolated incident". Later that same mayor declared a "war on gangs" (a month too late), which is a poor choice of words at the best of times, quite aside from everything always being a "war" with RoFo. In Ottawa, predictably, the amoral Harper Government seized the spotlight to make it all about them, as usual.
|Taking cover in the Eaton Centre|
It's so very easy to look at violent crimes in various parts of Toronto and say, "Oh, that's to be expected in [insert low-income, high-density neighbourhood name]". But that's not been the pattern this year. The four high-visibility shootings have been in the middle of an annual block party, in a crowded cafe, at a major public fireworks show, and in the food court of one of our main tourist attractions. And in case that's not enough to convince you, Toronto Police Services released this map today:
|Toronto Police Services map of YTD shooting locations in Toronto|
Take a really good look at that map and answer this one question: how in the hell can anyone call what's been going on this summer in Toronto "isolated"?
I have never been one who goes in for the hand-wringing or the deliberate fear-mongering of much of the media, but I think this time we really need to be worried about the safety of this city for the immediate future. As I have posted here many, many times, the lack of empathy that has been so evident in Toronto in recent years is now coming back to bite all of us firmly in our butts. Do I have any answers? Not really. To my mind, this is a natural, logical progression years in the making and it's going to get worse before it gets better.
And I can't get out of Dodge soon enough.