This past weekend amidst the horrific mass shootings which occurred in the United States in El Paso and Dayton which saw 31 people killed, our city experienced a surge in gun violence. 14 shootings occurred and 17 people were left wounded – this violence must stop. Our hearts are with the victims and their families on both sides of the border.
Communities should not live in fear and feel threatened for the safety of their loved ones.
As summer comes to a close, it is important that we urge our government officials to pass bills that will put our community first. This spring, I introduced a private members bill aimed at lowering incidents of gun violence in our communities. If passed, this bill would amend the Health Insurance Act to include violence intervention programs offered through hospitals which would provide counselling to survivors and those affected by gun violence.
Gun violence is a public health issue and the record number of gun-related incidents have sent shockwaves throughout our communities. We must take steps to improve community safety and as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood, I am committed to advancing the wellbeing of all Ontarians.
I would like to extend my support to the victims, survivors and family members who have been impacted by gun violence in communities.