Ranticles: Why are Toronto's mayors always so
So the headline on CNN?
"Canada blames US for gun violence.
This is derived from commentary that many weapons used in
violent crime in Toronto are smuggled in from the US (true, but doesn't mean
thats the fault of the US, that's the fault of the people doing the
smuggling), and the absolutely idiotic commentary from Toronto Mayor David
Miller that "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."
News flash, Mr.Miller. The crime problem in Toronto has very
little to do with US laws. Criminals wanting to arm themselves isn't anything
new. If the problem is guns being smuggled in from the US, the solution isn't
blaming US laws, which are probably pretty unpleasant for weapons smuggling,
the problem is enforcing existing laws at the border. Maybe if David Miller
hadn't spearheaded the efforts of Toronto City Council to produce a police
services budget that the police department felt would eliminate essential
services, he'd have a little more of my respect. Then again, Toronto mayors
over the last few years haven't exactly inspired confidence...there was Mel
Lastman, who most will remember for his decision to ask for Army assistance
when Toronto experienced snow that most people in Winnipeg have to trudge
through every winter. I remember him most for threatening to kill a reporter
when his wife was caught shoplifting. And Toronto? Wonder why you have a crime
problem? Mel Lastman was shaking hands with the Hells Angels during their
convention in Toronto.
I generally don't engage in the Toronto bashing that so many
people in Winnipeg enjoy, because I love Toronto. Way better night life than
Winnipeg, and I would give more than two thumbs up to Indian food I've
experienced there if I could. Your beer prices are atrocious though, those
alone convince me that at least some of the abuse hurled your way from the West
But come on...Toronto mayors have been pretty, shall we say,
devoid of common sense over the last few years.
Don't make me move there and run myself.
And CNN? Mr.Miller no more represents all of Canada than
Bill O' Reilley or Tucker Carlson represent the US. I have yet to see the CBC
run headlines of 'US calls Canada retarded' because Tucker Carlson called
Canada America's retarded cousin, nor do they run headlines of 'US calls Canada
Nazi state' when Bill O'Reilley referred to the CBC as running Nazi style
propaganda. Try to hold yourself to the same standards.
Canticle on December 27, 2005