The Real Culprit of Canadian Gun Violence

Gun Violence in Canada has surged to record levels this year. According to Canadian officials this is not a fault of Canadian policies but of the United States for “exporting its violence.”

Toronto Mayor David Miller blames the crime increase in Toronto from the “flow of weapons from the United States” when he should have cited his country’s out of control immigration policies.

Canada has a terrorist-friendly, criminal-friendly immigration policy. Almost anyone can fly into Canada with or without documentation and claim refugee status. Canada is now paying the full price for this. Consider these news items:

  • "'Violent ethnic war looms'", The Province, October 21, 2005 - VANCOUVER:

    A violent ethnic war between Filipino and Vietnamese youths in the Lower Mainland will likely escalate, Vancouver police said yesterday.


    The war is fuelled by "bravado" and is not over drugs or turf, Heed said, adding: "All indications are that it is going to escalate."

  • "Street gangs and random violence: Winnipeg becomes murder capital", The Globe and Mail, October 17, 2005 - WINNIPEG:

    According to a report by Statistics Canada, the city is now the country’s murder capital—it has the highest per capita murder rate of Canada’s nine largest urban areas.

    Shootings and other violent crimes have become so commonplace in Winnipeg, especially in the impoverished northern and central parts of the city, that some streets are empty at dusk.

    Many people from middle-class suburbs avoid entire neighbourhoods, even during the daytime.

  • "Toronto Has Record Surge of Gun Violence", Associated Press via Newsday, December 28, 2005 - TORONTO:

    A city that prides itself as one of the safest in North America is bewildered by a surge in violence that has produced a record number of shooting deaths this year, the latest a 15-year-old girl on a street filled with holiday shoppers.

    Canada's prime minister and Toronto's mayor blame weapons smuggled in illegally from the United States, but others point to a growing gang problem.


    John Thompson, a security analyst with the Toronto-based Mackenzie Institute, disagreed.

    He said that Canada has a gang problem -- not a gun problem -- and that the country should stop pointing the finger at the United States.

    "It's a cop out. It's an easy way of looking at one symptom rather than addressing a whole disease," Thompson said.

  • "Cops rip deportation delay", The Toronto Sun, December 28, 2005 - TORONTO:

    Ontario cops are outraged that a suspected Tamil gang boss who survived two ambushes -- including one in which 16 shots were fired -- is being spared deportation from Canada.

    Even though he's deemed a danger to the public, Jothiravi Sittampalam, 35, aka Kannan, founder of the brutal AK Kannan street gang, was granted a new immigration hearing this month following an appeal to the Federal Court of Canada.


    "There is a sense of frustration out there by police," said Bob Baltin, of the Police Association of Ontario. "It is near impossible to get criminals deported from Canada."

  • "Cultural issues, drugs, poverty among issues facing gang members in Canada", The Brandon Sun, December 24, 2005 - CANADA:

    Some violent street gangs in major Canadian cities:

    Vancouver area: Independent Solidiers - primarily Indo-Canadian members; UN Gang - mostly Indo-Canadians, Asians, Persians.

    Toronto: Some black gangs derived from Bloods and Crips in the United States but may not be derivatives of the founding American gangs. Asian, Latino and Tamil gangs also prevalent in the city.

    Montreal: Some Haitian and Jamaican gangs:

    The Reds - for Bloods; the Blues - for Crips.

    Calgary and Edmonton: Self-named Asian gangs FOB (Fresh off the Boat, although many members born in Canada); FK (Fresh off the Boat Killers); Crazy Dragons, Crazy Dragon Killers.

    Winnipeg: African street gang Mad Cowz; aboriginal gang Indian Posse.

The gang problem in Canada has formed due to Canada's failure to impose a rational immigration policy. Sadly, officials in Canada and the United States continue to argue there is no easy fix for gun violence. An article at AlbertaAvenue on the crime wave throughout Toronto includes an appropriate solution: "We [Canada] must throw the book at them, and any immigrant, refugee or illegal immigrant who engages in this kind of criminal activity must be deported immediately and barred from re-enttering Canada ever again."

If only the policy makers had this much sense.

Posted by Mike Tate at December 31, 2005 12:00 AM