Throughout the past seven and a half months, there have been a number of high profile shootings in the city of Toronto.

It reached a peak with the mass shooting on the Danforth, which claimed the lives of 2 people and left many more injured.

In the aftermath of the Danforth shooting, Toronto Mayor John Tory called for a ban on the sale of handguns in the city. But, just a few years ago he had a very different opinion. 

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Back in 2014 when Tory was running for Mayor, one of his main rivals was Olivia Chow, the widow of the late federal NDP leader Jack Layton.

As part of her platform during the election, Chow advocated that she would like to see a federal ban on handguns in the city.

At the time, Tory completely slammed the idea of a handgun ban in Toronto, calling it an “empty gesture.” 

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Just four short years later, Tory is now calling on the provincial and federal governments to help Toronto deal with gun crime, including a ban on the sale of handguns in the city.

In a vote last month shortly after the Danforth shooting, city council voted 41-4 to favour of the federal government banning the sale of handguns in Toronto.

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No ban has been put in place as of yet, but the government is looking at all options.

According to data by Toronto Police, there have been a total of 249 shooting in the city so far this year.  

Source: Toronto Star


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