Toronto is surrendering the streets
by Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,
Thursday, November 3, 2005
In the early hours of November 1, a young Scarborough man answered his door. He was shot in the face and became the 45th person in the city of Toronto to be killed by a gun this year. More people have now died from gunshot wounds in Toronto the Good during 2005 than died from the outbreak of SARS three years ago. Unlike the SARS outbreak, the silence that is coming from all levels of government, especially the local level is deafening.
The evening prior to the latest gun murder was Halloween and some 150 incidents took place on the streets of Toronto. Anticipating trouble, Toronto police took a break from their work-to-rule campaign and engaged on regular patrols. One veteran police officer described the evening as the most violent Halloween on record.
Needless to say, the events of the previous evening became fodder for radio talk show hosts. A poll conducted on the website of 640 AM asked whether or not door to door trick or treating should be banned. If anything about the poll could be considered shocking or surprising it is not the result of the poll but the fact that the question even had to be asked.
After a day, 32 per cent of respondents were in favour of banning the practice of children going door to door on October 31 while 68 per cent were opposed. Although the poll was unscientific, as these types on the Internet are, it should be a concern to law abiding citizens that almost one third of those who answered the question are willing to give up the streets of Toronto to the criminals and the thugs.
Many of the incidents that occurred on Halloween consisted of gangs of older children mugging younger ones for their candy and anything else that they felt like taking. In one way, crimes of this nature seems worse than drug dealing gang members occasionally blowing away rival dealers.
Last week, Toronto City Council heard a motion brought forward by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti that would impose a curfew on children under the age of 16. With screams of "children have rights", the motion was defeated by the left wing majority on council. According to Councillor Janet Davis and her ilk, children, including pre-teens and young teenagers have the absolute right to wander the streets unsupervised at 2, 3, or 4 o’clock in the morning. If these kids have any rights it should be the right to a mother and a father but the politically correct councillors can’t say that, lest they "offend" certain communities.
Even if Toronto passed a curfew, it would never be enforced. Police Chief Bill Blair, who was handpicked for the job by David Miller and his leftwing cronies on the Toronto Police Services Board, prefers to use his exceedingly large frame to give group hugs and has already indicted that his officers are too busy with real crime to enforce a curfew. It’s funny how police officers have time to play basketball with these "disadvantaged youth" but cannot get 13 and 14-year-olds off the streets in the middle of the night. The police will just have to wait until the little darlings become full fledged criminals before they pay any attention to them.
Life is always filled with little ironies and while the Halloween troublemakers were no doubt taking a nap and resting up for their big night of mugging, former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani was speaking in Toronto. While Giuliani will be most remembered for his actions in the wake of 9/11, his greatest accomplishment was the reduction of violent crime in the Big Apple. Giuliani is a big proponent of the "broken windows" theory--that you begin by enforcing small infractions and that will ultimately lead to an overall reduction in crime. But in case you haven’t noticed, Toronto isn’t New York City and except for the fact that they are both white males, Mayor David Miller bears absolutely no resemblance to Rudy Giuliani.
The poll was what it was; one poll undertaken on the Internet by a local radio station. But it showed that a significant percentage of people are now willing to cede the streets to the criminals. It makes you wonder what other law abiding activities some would be willing to ban rather than tackle this city’s crime right on.
We may not have lost the streets of Toronto yet--but we’re well on the way.
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on May 18th, 2006, 8:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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