This is what happens when you get too far down the slippery slope:
“No one should have the right to own a handgun except the police,” said Susan Martin, speaking at a news conference on the anniversary of her son’s death.
“Handguns are easy to hide and are used, with few exceptions, for one purpose only: to wound or kill someone,” she said.
Martin and his friend Dylan Ellis, 26, were shot dead in a parked SUV in Toronto’s entertainment district on June 13, 2008. The killing has so far remained unsolved.
A deadly shooting rampage at Toronto’s Eaton Centre this month once again cast a spotlight on gun violence in the city, and several officials joined in on Wednesday’s call for a crackdown on firearms.
Coun. Adam Vaughan said plans to improve public safety — including a proposal to outlaw the sale, storage and use of munitions in Toronto — were under discussion before the attack that killed two people and injured five others.
“I wish we didn’t need a recent example to convince anybody that action is needed,” he said.
“There is no rational reason to have a bullet in a crowded city, a friendly neighbourhood or a shopping mall,” he said.
They do not offer evidence of their assertions. At a certain point in the debate they “don’t need any stinking evidence”. They can just vigorously assert something is true and it will be accepted and they don’t even need to respond to the rare challenge to their claims.