It’s time to get serious about stopping gun violence

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Opinion/Editorials: Scarborough shooting aftermath: It’s time to get serious about stopping gun violence (Published on July 19, 2012)

Toronto can’t go back to ignoring the problem once the media spotlight turns awayToronto can’t go back to ignoring the problem once the media spotlight turns away

It takes a village to raise a child and Toronto is our village

By Gary Pieters
Toronto Star
When I read of the neighbourhood “blocko” (block party) at Danzig St. that ended with gun violence, I reacted with sadness and distress.

Imagine: a community barbecue that should have helped to build a stronger sense of social cohesion was shattered by reckless individuals who did not care who was around as they engaged in a gunfight.

Tragically, two young people perished and 23 other young people were wounded. My condolences are extended to the families and friends of 14-year-old Shyanne Charles and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay.

The violence that caused these deaths and injuries was unacceptable — I…

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