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Canada blames U.S. for gun violence
cnn ^ | 12-27-05

Posted on 12/27/2005 6:24:20 PM PST by LouAvul

TORONTO, Ontario (AP) -- Canadian officials, seeking to make sense of another fatal shooting in what has been a record year for gun-related deaths, said Tuesday that along with a host of social ills, part of the problem stemmed from what they said was the United States exporting its violence.

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Toronto Mayor David Miller warned that Canada could become like the United States after gunfire erupted Monday on a busy street filled with holiday shoppers, killing a 15-year-old girl and wounding six bystanders -- the latest victims in a record surge in gun violence in Toronto.

The shooting stemmed from a dispute among a group of 10 to 15 youth, and the victim was a teenager out with a parent near a popular shopping mall, police said Tuesday.

"I think it's a day that Toronto has finally lost its innocence," Det. Sgt. Savas Kyriacou said. "It was a tragic loss and tragic day."

While many Canadians take pride in Canadian cities being less violent than their American counterparts, Toronto has seen 78 murders this year, including a record 52 gun-related deaths -- almost twice as many as last year.

"What happened yesterday was appalling. You just don't expect it in a Canadian city," the mayor said.

"It's a sign that the lack of gun laws in the U.S. is allowing guns to flood across the border that are literally being used to kill people in the streets of Toronto," Miller said.

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TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; blame
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Couldn't be because they are soft on criminals, could it?

Nor because they make it difficult for their citizens to own defensive weapons?

Nah. Must be the Americans.

(sarcasm=off)

1 posted on 12/27/2005 6:24:21 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: LouAvul

Do you suppose immigration policy may have any bearing on this violence?


2 posted on 12/27/2005 6:25:19 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: LouAvul
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Toronto Mayor David Miller warned that Canada could become like the United States...

Dream on, Canuckleheads.

3 posted on 12/27/2005 6:25:54 PM PST by lesser_satan
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To: B Knotts

Any word on the -- er -- uh -- ethnic identity of the shooter?


4 posted on 12/27/2005 6:26:52 PM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: LouAvul

Then maybe their laws should be like ours and the gun crimes will leave their country also!


5 posted on 12/27/2005 6:27:15 PM PST by eyespysomething (this space intentionally left blank......oh crud)
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To: LouAvul

Canookistan ?

They wear too many coats this time of the year to worry about bullets don't they ?


6 posted on 12/27/2005 6:27:32 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: LouAvul

lost its innocence

Somebody forgot the Puke Alert Sign!!! I'm telling the Mods!!!


7 posted on 12/27/2005 6:28:13 PM PST by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors, don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: Travis McGee

So sorry, but they don't have ethnic identities in Canada, they are just one big happy diverse family. (Until the shooting breaks out.)


8 posted on 12/27/2005 6:28:58 PM PST by newcthem (9/11- not terrorists - just troubled youths.)
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To: LouAvul
Canada blames U.S. for gun violence

Were the shooters from the US?

9 posted on 12/27/2005 6:29:01 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: LouAvul

All I can say is that the Canadians should stop emulating the US.


10 posted on 12/27/2005 6:29:47 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: LouAvul

How do you "export" violence? What kind of a cargo container does it get transported in? Does USEXIM provide financing for such exports?


11 posted on 12/27/2005 6:29:56 PM PST by DTogo (Merry CHRISTmas, and a healthy & happy New Year!)
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To: LouAvul

I suppose we could stop contracting, er, I mean outsourcing our auto parts manufacturing industry to them.


12 posted on 12/27/2005 6:30:21 PM PST by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors, don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: LouAvul
Toronto has seen 78 murders this year, including a record 52 gun-related deaths -- almost twice as many as last year.

That is 77 more than my county has had the last TWO years.

13 posted on 12/27/2005 6:30:21 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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To: DTogo

And I blame Canada for Exporting MetroSexualism.


14 posted on 12/27/2005 6:30:48 PM PST by stocksthatgoup ("It's inexcusable to tell us to 'connect the dots' and not give us the tools to do so." G W Bush)
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To: LouAvul

Guns are walking the streets stalking helpless peace-loving citizens.


15 posted on 12/27/2005 6:31:04 PM PST by Ben Mugged
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To: LouAvul

Take away the guns and the only ones with guns are the criminals. Live or die by your laws.


16 posted on 12/27/2005 6:31:49 PM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: lesser_satan

Toronto, Ontario exports 100% of it's trash to Wayne County Michigan. Windsor's casino's are supported by U.S. residents. This is bullroar.


17 posted on 12/27/2005 6:31:49 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: LouAvul

I blame Canada for rampant sodomy.


18 posted on 12/27/2005 6:32:09 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: B Knotts

Why should it? They have kissed the asses of every group of people in the world with no regard to their place of birth. Their only requirement is that they come to Canada and hate the West.


19 posted on 12/27/2005 6:32:20 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: LouAvul
Two suspects were arrested and at least one firearm was seized soon after the shootings Monday. Kyriacou said it was an illegal handgun.

But failed to offer proof that it was imported from the US.

20 posted on 12/27/2005 6:32:31 PM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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