HUNTER: New anti-gun laws won’t stop a single murder or shooting

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In Alan Carr’s seminal book An easy way to quit smokingthe man who once pounded five packs a day made a startling discovery at an anti-smoking conference.

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None of the participants had ever smoked.

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Carr wondered: how could people who had never smoked a cigarette know about the pleasures of smoking or the psychological hold it exerts on its addicts?

I was thinking of Carr as the Liberal government unveiled its new tough guns law. This is not a crime-fighting and gangbuster strategy. It’s a red herring. And it is a sham.

Former Liberal leader Steven Del Duca wanted to ban handguns.  They already are.  A firearm was seized by Toronto police on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Former Liberal leader Steven Del Duca wanted to ban handguns. They already are. A firearm was seized by Toronto police on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Photo by TORONTO POLICE DOCUMENT /Toronto Sun

The federal government calls it a “freeze” on the sale, purchase and transfer of handguns. It came into effect on Friday.

“What can you say,” said a veteran homicide detective The Toronto Sun on condition of anonymity. “Banning legal handguns is not the answer. No one who kills ever has a regulation and legal handgun.

The cop added that until the guns stop hemorrhaging across the porous US border, Canada’s morgues will remain busier than a trendy restaurant.

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“This needs to be stemmed, number one,” the detective said, adding that he didn’t believe tougher sentences would curb the bloodshed.

“Probably not. There’s always the farm crew ready to pick up a gun. As long as there are guns, the criminals will keep shooting.

He added: “And die.”

A police tape is seen in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018.
A police tape is seen in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/FILES /Getty Images

The new laws came into force on Friday. As the sun went down on Monday there were new gunshot victims to add to a growing tally, apparently their plight has not been helped by legislation.

In Toronto, cops received reports of an early morning dust in the area of ​​Queen Street West and Augusta Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning after witnesses said multiple shots were fired .

Upon arrival, they found Peter Alexandros Madimenos, 38, seriously injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Madimenos had been shot.

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So far, there are no suspects in the city’s 57th homicide of 2022. Hard on the guns didn’t really help here, did it?

A 27-year-old woman was shot and injured in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Police say the shooting was targeted.

The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening, and the cops arrest a quintet of morons in the chaos. A 37-year-old man faces 22 charges, including one count of attempted murder, aggravated assault and unauthorized use of a firearm.

Elsewhere, a Calgary man targeted cops in Moose Jaw with bullets and was later arrested for attempted murder. He was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for escaping from Cowtown while on parole.

And in London, two people were shot dead early Sunday morning in the city centre. Their injuries are considered not to be life-threatening.

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The new week has not seen a new leaf turn.

A man was shot just 30 minutes into the new day on Monday around Sheppard Ave. W and Leslie Street in North York. Police said the victim’s injuries were serious.

Another near miss occurred mid-afternoon in Scarborough when a man was shot dead near Bridlewood Shopping Centre. He is expected to survive.

This is not the case with Peter Madimenos.

The feds are a lot like those anti-tobacco warriors who hold anti-tobacco conferences. Filled with deadly certainty, yet totally removed from the real world.

But it’s good for their constituents who don’t have to worry about bullets punching through their walls and hitting their children. Or take a stray bullet on a Saturday night.

They live well-protected and golden lives.

The rest of us? Not really.

We’re like the lone smoker at an anti-smoking conference harassed by people who have no idea what they’re talking about.

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