9yr.old Brianna Dupuis is worried that she might not have her up and coming birthday party in her yard.
Credits: DAVE THOMAS/QMI AGENCY
- Brianna Dupuis, age 9.
TORONTO -- So, it takes a nine-year-old to talk truth to power in this province.
Was there ever a more searing plea than little Brianna's cry for safety, as reported by QMI reporter Victoria Ptashnick this week?
The nine-year-old doesn't want a posh party. She doesn't want to go bowling or to Chuck E. Cheese.
She wants the simple pleasure of a backyard party.
She can't, because she has the misfortune to live on Danzig Street, in a Scarborough neighbourhood rocked by a mass shooting at a street party that left two people dead and more than 20 injured.
Brianna told Ptashnick she's so afraid, she cries. She talked about how loud, drunken parties have taken over the area. And no one does much about it.
What are we thinking? Why is little Brianna living in fear?
And don't preach to me about basketball courts and youth programs.
The root cause is gutless politicians who won't or can't deal with lawlessness in our midst.
Provincial Attorney General John Gerretsen reiterated his government's call for a ban on handguns this week.
Well, you already need a licence for a handgun, and I can guarantee you that when we get to the bottom of this shooting, the gun used wasn't legally owned and registered.
Instead, we allow an illegal counter-culture to flourish with impunity.
Why is the biggest cash crop in Niagara marijuana?
Because organized crime smuggles pot to the U.S. and get handguns back in payment.
The contraband tobacco industry flourishes freely on reserves such as Six Nations. And no one does anything about it.
This is a province where the McGuinty government allows native protesters to terrorize innocent homeowners at Caledonia - and does nothing to stop it.
Is it any wonder no one does anything about drunken street parties that terrorize neighbourhoods night after night, robbing little girls of their childhood?
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Police Chief Bill Blair will meet with Premier Dalton McGuinty on Monday. It'll be another festival of indignation and hand-wringing. Then they'll hope we forget about the issue until someone else gets shot.
In typical Liberal finger-pointing fashion, Public Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur wrote to her federal counterpart, Vic Toews, and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson asking for a national handgun ban. When in doubt, blame someone else - especially the feds.
Why not look at our catch-and-release justice system, where people accused of serious crimes are given bail so they can go out and shoot up the Eaton Centre and murder innocent Boxing Day shoppers?
Let's start treating lawbreakers for what they are - criminals.
There should be no bail and mandatory 10-year sentences for gun crime.
We've failed Brianna. We're failing hundreds of other kids just like her, who have a right to grow up in peace and safety. In a place where they don't have to fear their own backyards.
Our politicians should hang their heads in shame. It takes a cry of anguish from a girl just turning 10 to show them up for the cowards they are.
I hope the community rallies to give her the best bloody birthday party she's ever had.
I want her to her friends to run through a sprinkler all day if they want. And I want her to have the biggest honkin' birthday cake she's ever seen.
I just wish our hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, do-nothing politicians would step up and make it happen.