Gun Violence, Hate Crimes

Gun-related and/or hate-related killings or concerns

Firearms controls planned

Some “assault-style” rifles could be prohibited, and firearms possession and storage rules stiffened, by a re-elected Liberal government, according to Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. The former Toronto police chief says the plans will be detailed soon as part of the Liberals’ campaign platform for the Oct. 21 election. [node:read-more:link]

Corporate pressure over gun control

Chief executives of dozens of top-tier U.S. corporations are pressing the Republican-controlled Senate to expand background checks on all firearms sales. They are calling on them to enact bills introduced in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. [node:read-more:link]

Miami Police shoot another unarmed black man

The video shows a (large black) man lying on his back in the street, holding his hands in the air. "All he has is a toy truck," the man shouts, worried that the police may harm his autistic (white male) patient who had run away from the group. "I am a behavior therapist at a group home." Inexplicably, the caregiver is shot in the leg by police as he lays on the pavement with his patient sitting at his feet (like a protective puppy). [node:read-more:link]

New provisions for Firearms Licencing coming into force

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, announced two additional provisions under the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. The Possession Only Licence will be converted to a Possession and Acquisition Licence, and an Authorization to Transport will becoming a condition for certain lawful activities. [node:read-more:link]

Making sense of Toronto’s cycle of gun violence

The number of people killed or injured by guns in Toronto so far in 2015 is already higher than 2014, reversing a recent downward trend. But while gun violence appears to be going up in Ontario’s capital, criminologists say this apparent increase in gun violence doesn’t necessarily mean the city is becoming more dangerous. [node:read-more:link]

Two RCMP officers shot in Alberta casino

Two RCMP officers were shot after a routine investigation into a stolen vehicle that led to the Apex Casino St. Albert, Alberta. One officer was wounded but now out of hospital, the other has died after being shot in the head at close range. The suspect, Shawn Maxwell Rehn, was later found dead inside a private residence. An autopsy will be preformed to determine the cause of death. [node:read-more:link]


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