An Andy Donato cartoon shows Toronto spelled out with guns and bullets.
Credits: QMI AGENCY/ANDY DONATO
TORONTO - In the wake of the Eaton Centre shooting, councillor Adam Vaughan wants to ban guns and even bullets in the City of Toronto.
"I hope to sweep guns and ammunition right out of this town," Vaughan said Tuesday. "I don't like bullets flying in Toronto. I think they are dangerous.
"There is no rational reason to own a gun, to fire a gun or to own or store ammunition in the city," he added.
While Mayor Rob Ford was quick to dismiss Vaughan's "bullet ban" as taking aim at hunters rather than gangsters, the councillor vowed he will move "as soon as possible" to get city council to change the zoning provisions for people who sell or store weapons and ammunition in a bid to essentially ban them within the city limits.
"We don't want guns, bullets, anything," Vaughan said.
Vaughan's move comes less than two weeks after a shooting rampage at the Eaton Centre left two dead and five others wounded.
Vaughan predicted the gun lobby and "those people that love guns" will fight hard against such a ban, but nobody has proven to him why guns are needed beyond "emotional arguments."
"We don't have gophers, we don't have black bears chasing us around. And the ammunition that fits in a long-gun, some of it can fit in handguns -- I don't want any of that in the city," Vaughan said.
Ford argued the city shouldn't be punishing hunters for gun crimes.
"It's not the hunters (that are the problem), these are gangs and I wish we could get the guns out of the city with respect to these gangs," Ford told reporters.
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday predicted the closer the city gets to the 2014 election, "the more people will come forward with ideas to try to get their name in the news."
"This seems like a scheme to try and do that as opposed to doing anything about the problem," Holyday said.