Presswire releases the following statement from the Mosaic Institute in Toronto:
Today, the Mosaic Institute released its policy paper, Let's Eradicate Gun Violence by Criminalizing All Gun Possession. The piece outlines the Institute's position and recommendation on gun possession across Canada -- stating that in order to address the primary cause of gun violence (i.e. possession), the country must take a strong stance and federally criminalize possession of all firearms.
With 50% more shootings in 2018 than 2014 in Toronto and a spate of recent shootings including the Danforth, Toronto multiple incidents and the Fredericton incident, more needs to be done to keep Canadians safe. Last weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Canadians in extending thoughts and prayers to the victims and affected communities of the Fredericton shooting.
The Mosaic Institute encourages Canadians and the federal government to take a harder line on possession, recommending the following:
- Criminalize possession of all guns (with the exception of police, military, hunters and gun clubs)
- Set aside a fund to buy back weapons
- Ratify the United Nations Protocol on Firearms Control