Two days after Toronto was struck by a tragic mass shooting, city councillors took a vote to urge the Provincial and Federal governments to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition in the city.
The vote comes at a time when gun violence has been overwhelming in Toronto with numerous incidents being reported this year. There were 39 people who fell victim to gun violence in Toronto during the month of July alone.
Two people have died as a result of the Sunday shooting, not including the shooter himself, plus 13 more were left injured.
Joint statement from Mayor John Tory, Premier Doug Ford and Minister Bill Blair pic.twitter.com/Bs1KKazsYO— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) July 23, 2018
The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of urging the upper branches of government to ban the sale of handguns, with 41 voting in favour and four voting against.
Cressy motion urging the feds to ban handgun sales in Toronto and the province to ban ammo sales CARRIES 41-4. pic.twitter.com/3QfpCfWd6h— Matt Elliott (@GraphicMatt) July 24, 2018
While the city's Mayor John Tory voted in favour, Premiere Doug Ford's nephew, Councillor Michael Ford representing Toronto's Ward 2, was one of the votes against the ban.
City councillors also voted in favour of other important topics which includes asking the province to provide their promised $1.9 billion funding for mental health programs and support. It also includes the Ontario chief coroner having to conduct inquests for all gun-violence deaths.
Cressy motion asking Ontario coroner to hold inquest into gun deaths CARRIES 38-7. pic.twitter.com/qeVTUHtvfu— Matt Elliott (@GraphicMatt) July 24, 2018
Motion by Councillor Josh Matlow to request Ontario gov fulfill their campaign promise to spend additional $1.9 billion on mental health CARRIES 44-1. Weird, Palacio. pic.twitter.com/elR2EO58l4— Matt Elliott (@GraphicMatt) July 24, 2018
It's nice to see that the city is dedicated to such a serious problem that's affecting the Toronto streets. Now we can only hope that Premiere Ford and Prime Minister Trudeau see the necessity in what Torontonians are asking.