(Sheila Gunn Reid guest hosts for Ezra Levant...)
Gang violence is out of control in Toronto.
As I am recording this, there have been 220 shootings so far in Toronto this year.
I have theories about how this happened:
Equal parts lack of foresight, a politically correct mayor cowering to political pressure from anti-police groups, and a refusal by administration to acknowledge a problem was happening at all.
In 2017, as gun violence was maintaining its upward trend from the already atrocious year before, Toronto was down about 500 cops from normal levels, according to the Police Association.
But why in 2017 was Mayor John Tory so averse to hiring police? Well, because he was scared of the wackos in Black Lives Matter.
Which brings us to the failure by officials to even acknowledge a problem.
Looking at the raw data, the shooting rate for 2017 was the same as 2016, at 286 and 285 respectively. In 2015, there were 255 shootings. And just 123 in 2014. In other words: It had more than doubled in two years.
That should have set alarms bells off, but it was downplayed, at least in the media.
And that brings us to the next factor:
John Tory is a big fan of the Liberal’s policies on supervised drug injection sites, open borders and gun control. Tonight I'll explain how all these policies are making Toronto more dangerous.
But here’s the real rub:
It doesn't really matter how bad it gets in Toronto. Because Tory doesn't have to live with the mess if he doesn’t want too. He has a home in an exclusive gated community in Florida.
It’s a place where security guards carry the guns John Tory says I shouldn't have...
NEXT: Former police officer Leo Knight gives us the law enforcement perspective on John Tory polities and gang violence.
THEN: Tony Bernardo of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, talks to us about Bill C-71, which targets legal gun owners as opposed to going after gangs.