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https://torontosun.com/news/national/n-s-mass-shooting-gunman-drew-police-attention-10-years-before-killings

For anyone who thinks none of this was previously reported to the RCMP, or that the police (and government) weren't cooperating in a coverup. If you have even the slightest clue about about classified briefings, you know that JT knew all about it days after the event. All the actions undertaken by them after the fact were deliberate and premeditated... think about that.

We knew about two of the specific weapon complaints made to police prior to the (I can barely bring myself to type the words) Mass Casualty Inquiry... good Lord, only the worst of liberal scum would ever think up a name like that.

I didn't know about the third. There has to be (and I mean has to be) more to this story than is being considered by the inquiry. I'm betting this creature was a CI protected by the RCMP and government. If that's not the case, the incompetence here is beyond breathtaking and rises to the breach of public trust threshold.  

Take a moment and ask yourself what would happen if we flew airplanes with that level of proficiency and attention to detail.

Now we know why government lawyers spent so much time in court suppressing warrant and investigative information. Not only were they directly culpable in the outcome, they used the outcome itself to bully responsible gun owners and ban firearms based on nothing more than the colour of the stock. 

Put in context, that amounts to banning your car because it has racing stripes (the stripes will cause you to speed).

If there is a word for all of this (and I include everything the liberals have done in the last couple of years) other than evil, I can't fathom what it is. I know what it isn't though, and that's accidental incompetence. This is actually proof of competence and proof of deliberate actions based on knowledge of events.... all of which was deliberately suppressed for the magic timeline of two years. Liberal voters seem incapable of connecting dots over time.

That timeline seems to be in play across the board now, because it works. Voters wear this IMO, so WDYTWGTH? Jt is way smarter than US demonrats, they could never have pulled this off. The last piece of the puzzle is that JT could never have pulled it off without the media and RCMP. Here you see the unholy trinity of government, media and national security force on full display.

If you want more, it's yours for the asking. You can vote on policy... or not, Crazy Island is lovely in the spring.

 

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https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/bystander-dies-after-road-rage-shooting-led-to-crash-calgary-police-say

Road rage eh? I'll be pretty surprised if it turns out to be that.

CBC is on the road rage bandwagon too. This will later (and quietly) evolve into a gang related incident... likely a battle between ethnic gangs over turf/drugs. In the mean time, it will be exploited to full effect by the liberals. Multiple liberal news outlets all saying the same thing at the same time is part of that process, it highlights the intent:

'This should never have happened': Friends, family mourn Calgary mother of 5 killed in road rage incident

You have a government dedicated to going after law abiding competitive shooters, a police department proficient at arresting pastors, and a court system that provides murderers better bail conditions than they do members of the clergy. There can be no other outcome here except more of the same.

I can only conclude that voters want more of this... and all you need to do is plot the trajectory to see that they'll get it. Lot's of unknown details here, the leap to road rage is useful propaganda that can be leveraged to "keep Canadians safe" and the "it should never have happened" angle is an opportunity not to be missed.

How do I know that? Well, actually I don't, but if I was a fraud, a liar, had an agenda and could control the unholy trinity (government, media, police), it's exactly what I would do.

Alternatively, I guess you could spin this as an automobile issue... stupid people shouldn't be able to own cars. It's every bit as valid a concept as the one they are about to exploit.

 

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20 injured in Milwaukee shootings after Bucks playoff game

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Twenty people were injured in two shootings in downtown Milwaukee near an entertainment district where thousands of people had been watching the Bucks play the Celtics in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals, authorities said.

None of the injuries from either shooting Friday night were believed to be life-threatening.

The first shooting, involving three victims, occurred adjacent to the Deer District — an entertainment district with numerous bars and restaurants where large crowds often assemble for major sporting events.

The Milwaukee Fire Department said authorities took two people to a hospital, a 30-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, and a third person drove to a hospital. Police said a 29-year-old man was in custody.

Seventeen more people were injured in a second shooting about two hours later, which happened a few blocks away. Ten people were taken into custody and nine guns were recovered, WTMJ-TV reported.

There was no immediate indication whether the two shootings were related or involved fans who were watching the game.

Witnesses told WTMJ-TV that they saw a fight outside a bar following the basketball game.

Bill Reinemann, a parking attendant at lot adjacent to Deer District, said he heard gunshots but didn’t see anyone get shot or see the shooter during the earlier shooting.

“It sounded like six to eight gunshots,” he said “It was close.”

After the shots were fired, scores of fans began running toward the Deer District, he said.

Reinemann, who has worked the lot for 18 years, remained at his post even as fearful Bucks fans ran past him.

“I sat in my chair here the whole while,” he said.

“The incident took place outside of the Deer District area. We direct all questions to the Milwaukee Police Department,” Bucks spokesman Barry Baum said.

Boston defeated Milwaukee in the game to force a Game 7 in the series.

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This story has been updated to correct the age of one of the people shot to 30, not 3.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Twenty people were injured in two shootings in downtown Milwaukee near an entertainment district where thousands of people had been watching the Bucks play the Celtics in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals, authorities said.

None of the injuries from either shooting Friday night were believed to be life-threatening.

The first shooting, involving three victims, occurred adjacent to the Deer District — an entertainment district with numerous bars and restaurants where large crowds often assemble for major sporting events.

The Milwaukee Fire Department said authorities took two people to a hospital, a 30-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, and a third person drove to a hospital. Police said a 29-year-old man was in custody.

Seventeen more people were injured in a second shooting about two hours later, which happened a few blocks away. Ten people were taken into custody and nine guns were recovered, WTMJ-TV reported.

There was no immediate indication whether the two shootings were related or involved fans who were watching the game.

Witnesses told WTMJ-TV that they saw a fight outside a bar following the basketball game.

Bill Reinemann, a parking attendant at lot adjacent to Deer District, said he heard gunshots but didn’t see anyone get shot or see the shooter during the earlier shooting.

“It sounded like six to eight gunshots,” he said “It was close.”

After the shots were fired, scores of fans began running toward the Deer District, he said.

Reinemann, who has worked the lot for 18 years, remained at his post even as fearful Bucks fans ran past him.

“I sat in my chair here the whole while,” he said.

“The incident took place outside of the Deer District area. We direct all questions to the Milwaukee Police Department,” Bucks spokesman Barry Baum said.

Boston defeated Milwaukee in the game to force a Game 7 in the series.

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This story has been updated to correct the age of one of the people shot to 30, not 3.

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#22 Apr 11, 2022  More details are emerging about Toronto's latest murder victim, a man who was fatally shot on Saturday night. 

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Seven dead in shooting at Buffalo supermarket - reports

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At least seven people have been killed in a shooting at a supermarket in New York state, US media report.

Police are at the scene in the city of Buffalo and say a suspect has been taken into custody.

Officers believe the gunman entered the supermarket on Saturday afternoon before opening fire with a rifle, according to the Associated Press.

Multiple people were shot in the incident, police said, without giving further details.

But unnamed law enforcement officials told US media outlets, including NBC News and the Associated Press, that at least seven people had been killed.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she was monitoring the situation and urged residents to avoid the area.

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Texas shooting: Fifteen killed in attack at US primary school

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Fifteen people have died in a shooting at a primary school in Texas, says Governor Greg Abbott.

The 18-year-old gunman killed 14 students and one teacher at Robb Elementary School in the city of Uvalde.

The governor said the suspect was armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle in the attack.

Governor Abbott says the suspect is deceased, and it is believed that responding officers killed him.

The public were asked to stay away as police investigate the crime scene.

Shootings at primary schools, where pupils range in age from five to 11, are still relatively rare.

 

The attack on Tuesday comes amid a national rise in gun violence.

Governor Abbott identified the attacker as a local 18-year old, who he said "shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher".

"He himself is deceased, and it is believed that responding officers killed him," he added.

"It is believed that two responding officers were struck by rounds, but have no serious injuries."

The gunman may have also killed his grandmother at the beginning of the shooting rampage, according to local US media.

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District - around 85 miles (135km) west of the city of San Antonio - told the BBC that students had been evacuated from the school.

 

Local hospitals disclosed that students from the school were being treated by emergency services.

A 66-year-old woman was being treated at a hospital in San Antonio, and was in a critical condition, hospital officials said earlier.

The Uvalde Memorial Hospital posted on Facebook that 13 children had been taken to hospital "via ambulances or buses".

Two "individuals" were dead when they arrived at hospital, the Facebook post said earlier.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told ABC News in a text message "this is a very bad situation".

The FBI is aiding in the investigation, according to CBS.

 

The last day of classes for students in the school district was scheduled for Thursday. Seniors at the local high school in Uvalde, a community of about 16,000 residents, are due to graduate on Friday.

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School shootings have become recurring emergencies in the US, with 26 recorded last year, according to EdWeek, an education trade publication.

Active shooter lockdown drills are a common part of the school curriculum, from primary to high school.

The 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut shocked Americans. Twenty of the 26 victims in that attack, which was carried out by a 20-year-old, were between the ages of five and six.

A 2020 report from the US Government Accountability Office found that about two-thirds of all school shootings happen at the high school level, and that shootings in elementary schools are most commonly accidental.

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Police investigate two separate shootings

We are investigating two shootings that occurred today in the communities of Acadia and Lower Mount Royal.

Acadia Shooting

At approximately 11:30 a.m., on Monday, May 23, 2022, we received multiple calls from citizens reporting gun shots in the 500 block of Heritage Drive S.E. Upon arrival, officers found what appeared to be firearm casings on scene and circulated the area for suspects. A male victim was located in the area with what appeared to be a gun shot wound to his leg and was taken to Foothills Medical Centre in serious but stable condition.

Police continue to look for two male suspects that were last seen leaving the area on foot.

Lower Mount Royal Shooting

At approximately 2:50 p.m., on Monday, May 23, 2022, we received reports of gun shots in the 1000 block of 17 Avenue S.W. It is believed one man was struck and suffered a gun shot wound to his arm. The victim was taken to Foothills Medical Centre in life-threating condition and has since been upgraded to stable condition.

Following the incident, witnesses reported seeing a vehicle fleeing the scene.   

We continue to investigate this incident and collect CCTV footage from surrounding businesses. We are asking anyone who may have been travelling along 17 Avenue S.W., between 9 and 11 Street, or through adjoining roads, anytime between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. today who may have dashcam footage, to contact police.

At this time, we are in the early stages of both investigations and unable to confirm if these incidents are related.

Anyone who might have witnessed these shootings or who may have information is asked to contact the police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org  
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Case #22204860/3705, #22205091/3947

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It seems reasonable now (or at some point in the near future) to expect a push toward gated communities, private security, private schools, and limited sanctuary status. If practicality prevented a simple life in a rural (and somewhat secluded) setting, and I lived in the US,  I'd certainly be of that mindset now.

Systemic issues, polarization and wildly different values speak more to an urban / rural divide than a political one IMO. I say that because the  "politics of the day" are simply no longer up to the task of fixing the ills political polarization have created... it's now inhibiting progress in a see-saw manner, it's largely value and life style dependant, it's getting worse and, will likely continue to do so IMO. 

It could easily be argued that sanctuary jurisdictions are anti-democratic by nature, and while I would agree with that assessment, I would also likely conclude that events have progressed to the point that (on balance) it no longer matters.

Clearly there were a lot of headlines I could have chosen but this one speaks to my point above. Other than avoidance in the form of "opting out," I can no longer conjure a bipartisan solution. "Unity of command" and "maintenance of the aim" are guiding principles of warfare and, metaphorically, life in general. Without them front and centre the other principles quickly rupture and leak.

At the point of leakage (metaphorically again) there remains only the weather, the terrain and the opposing forces... polarization is now at the point where simple consensus on the weather (existing conditions) is problematic to the point of being untenable.  

 

Uvalde, Texas school shooting: Democrats demand gun control, curse Republicans: 'F--- your prayers'

Mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, left 18 students dead

 

 

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The unholy trinity at work.

Even if there's legal precedent and/or good reason for this, it still smacks of the third element to me. Not sure how you could justify (or frame) this in a manner that I'd agree to assuming a case could even be made for it.  

At any rate, as a federal force the RCMP are unresponsive to the communities / jurisdictions they serve IMO... I stand opposed to using the military for policing duties for the exact same reason. The RCMP need to be escorted to the provincial border, set adrift and replaced with provincial and municipal forces that work for and represent the communities they serve, not political masters in Ottawa.

I'd rather have no police than the RCMP and given the response time (where I live), there might as well be none anyway. In my area, the only thing harder to find than a cop when you need one is a family doctor or a hospital bed.    

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Quote of the day:

“Doug Ford doesn’t seem to care and is fighting to keep handguns legal,” Del Duca said in a statement. “He has stated multiple times that he opposes a handgun ban, even as handgun-related crimes spike in his own backyard. These brazen attacks are escalating and endangering the lives of families across Ontario — and the fear needs to end.”

Instead of foolish statements, why not a side by side analysis of "handgun related crimes" perpetrated by gang members as compared to licensed IPSC Black Badge holders with registered firearms over the last 5 years.... that might be instructive for the voters who believe his nonsense. 

Here's Toronto's "current" most wanted list (from the police service website) that are shooting related. How many duck hunters from PEI do you suppose are in the group? And how many of these folks do you suppose are RPAL holders with registered handguns and permits to carry?

 

 
 
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Are these gents part of Trudeau's diversity and inclusion platform?

Perhaps, but I don't dwell on that aspect of it much.

 We had the opportunity to do the inclusion thing right (we have threads on that BTW), it's too late now. Politicians elected not to do it right largely because voters wanted to cheap out.  

Doing it right would have been expensive and it required a moderate degree of understanding of the customs and ingrained culture of the countries these folks (actually their mothers) fled with the clothes on their backs. The real problem here (IMO) is defining and acknowledging the problem. 

In general, people simply didn't (wouldn't, couldn't or refused to) allow for the cultural differences which rendered their virtue signalling dangerously ineffective. The current situation in Toronto was completely predictable.

Toronto doesn't have a problem with duck hunters and it doesn't have a problem with competitive shooters. It has an ethnic gang problem because of turf wars over the drug trade. Liberals need to SAY THE WORDS.

Why not acknowledge the problem and address it head-on? The current madness is getting innocent people killed, and IMO, politicians and especially voters own each and every one of those innocent deaths. People need to see that aspect of it and vote accordingly.

They need to demand policy and vote on policy. Until they do, nothing will change but the laws gang members already ignore. Making the rich pay for free stuff people want isn't policy, it's an unfulfilled promise that dates back to 54 BC in Rome.   

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Trudeau will use the shootings to distract the electorate away from that messy affair about arbitrarily invoking the Emergency Measures Act to extract him from not wanting to deal with the trucker convoy.

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It always comes down to capitalizing on tragedy in the most craven political manner possible. The notion that gun laws in Canada and Texas are in anyway similar or comparable is ludicrous. You can only make that connection (for policy purposes) with the help of a deceitful media. It's why the gun control issue is such a case study in propaganda techniques.

As to the shooting, surely this qualifies as the nightmare scenario for any parent. It would have been an absolutely agonizing 60 minutes... I can only imagine the horror of it. 

Parents begged officers to confront gunman as he was barricaded in classroom for hour before police killed him 

The hour-long interval appeared to be at odds with an approach adopted by many law enforcement agencies to confront 'active shooters' at schools immediately

While I certainly don't know the circumstances and wouldn't want to second guess the delay, there is something to be said for the CQB principle of speed, surprise and violence of action. That concept certainly isn't lost on tactical teams and there's likely a reason for it. That said though, hostage rescue scenarios often trump (and rightly so) the "timely and deliberate" argument that usually swirls around the after action analysis in such cases. 

In any case, if the worst of narrative and media propaganda prevails (and it will), I would guess liberals will blame guns for the event and conservatives will blame defunding for the delay and physical security for the event.

Both are likely either wrong or only partially correct at best, but the principles of propaganda are such that it doesn't even matter... that's why they're stuck in the mud and spinning their wheels IMO. At some point you need to exit the vehicle and hook up the winch... it requires focusing on reality and getting dirty. The sooner you acknowledge that you're stuck and the sooner you get dirty, the less power needed in the recovery winch. 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

While I certainly don't know the circumstances and wouldn't want to second guess the delay, there is something to be said for the CQB principle of speed, surprise and violence of action. That concept certainly isn't lost on tactical teams and there's likely a reason for it.

And here it is:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/tactical-team-prevented-from-entering-school-earlier

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Sadly, gun control will never prevent senseless slaughters, serial killers etc.

Take away guns and those who want to kill will turn to other ways.

Bombs, Arson, knives, poision,  bows, etc etc etc.

It is and always has been part of human nature to kill  and that has been the case throughout history.

We are just lucky that the only a small percentage of the population take this route.

Anyone who thinks weapon controls will stop this, is out to lunch.

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32 minutes ago, Kargokings said:

Anyone who thinks weapon controls will stop this, is out to lunch.

True, but a couple of speed bumps might slow it down.

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20 hours ago, Airband said:

True, but a couple of speed bumps might slow it down.

This is one sort of speed bump that is already in play in a lot of US States:

Armed female bystander kills man firing at party in West Virginia

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A US woman has fatally shot a man who opened fire on a crowd of people with a semi-automatic rifle in Charleston, West Virginia.

Dennis Butler, a 37-year-old with an extensive criminal history, was killed after he targeted a group of around 40 people attending a birthday party.

Police spokesman Tony Hazelett said the woman's quick reaction saved lives and may have prevented a mass shooting.

It comes amid a national debate over guns after a school shooting in Texas.

Butler had driven by the area earlier on Wednesday evening when he was warned to slow down because children were playing.

He returned armed with an AR-15-type rifle and opened fire from his vehicle on the birthday-graduation party outside the apartment complex in the city.

Mr Hazelett told a news conference that the woman who fired back did not have any law enforcement background. She has not been identified.

"She's just a member of the community who was carrying her weapon lawfully," he said. "And instead of running from the threat she engaged with the threat and saved several lives."

The woman remained at the scene after the shooting, and is co-operating with investigators.

Charges will not be filed against her, police added.

Butler was found dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Mr Hazelett said it is not yet clear how Butler obtained the weapon - which he was not legally allowed to carry as a convicted felon.

The shooting comes after a teenage gunman killed 21 people at a Texas primary school with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that had been purchased legally.

The attack, America's worst school shooting in a decade, reignited the debate over private gun ownership, which is enshrined in the US Constitution.

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As I've said on these pages before, IMO, the problem is not guns.  The problem is a serious lack of dollars being spent on identifying and treating mental health problems and creating a culture that does not produce these problems to start with.  Want to stop young men from the margins of society becoming murderous?  Merely preventing them from accessing guns (as if this was even possible) won't do it.  What they need is a meaningful place to be and a future to look forward to.

Even if all the guns in the world could be magically disappeared would mass murder end?  The biggest mass murder in Canada was an arson (Blue Bird Cafe) - 37 dead.  An arsonist in Japan killed 36.  Preventing access to guns will simply change the weapon used.  I understand the argument that the killing might still happen but would be less efficient and therefore it's a goal worth pursuing.  Well, pipe bombs, arson and rampaging vehicles have proven to be very efficient themselves.

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As I've said on these pages before, IMO, the problem is not guns.  The problem is a serious lack of dollars being spent on identifying and treating mental health problems and creating a culture that does not produce these problems to start with.  Want to stop young men from the margins of society becoming murderous?  Merely preventing them from accessing guns (as if this was even possible) won't do it.  What they need is a meaningful place to be and a future to look forward to.

Even if all the guns in the world could be magically disappeared would mass murder end?  The biggest mass murder in Canada was an arson (Blue Bird Cafe) - 37 dead.  An arsonist in Japan killed 36.  Preventing access to guns will simply change the weapon used.  I understand the argument that the killing might still happen but would be less efficient and therefore it's a goal worth pursuing.  Well, pipe bombs, arson and rampaging vehicles have proven to be very efficient themselves.

And sadly a pilot of an aircraft holding hundreds of innocents....   

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Interesting report on handguns etc. but  there is no information regarding the handguns (registered, legal, illegal etc.) 

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"Of particular concern, there is currently little information available to determine the source of firearms used in crime: for example, whether a gun used in a crime was stolen, illegally purchased or smuggled into the country," the report says.

Why is this important? 

If you are going to ban certain type of weapons it is very important to know the source of the problem weapons. Banning would only work if the majority of the weapons were registered in Canada vs those smuggled across our borders.

Handguns used in majority of firearm-related violent crimes in Canada, StatCan finds

After falling for several years, rates of firearm-related violent crime are on the rise in Canada, the majority of which involve handguns, a recent report from Statistics Canada shows.

Released on Friday, the report compares instances of firearm-related violent crime in two periods ranging from 2009 to 2014, and 2015 to 2020.

The report shows that the rate of firearm-related violent crime in 2009 stood at 29 per 100,000 people. This number dropped to 19 in 2013 as violent crime also fell overall, before returning to 29 in 2020.

In 2020, police reported 8,344 victims of a crime where a firearm was present, representing 2.8 per cent of all victims of violent crime in Canada that year.

Handguns remain the most serious weapon used in the majority of firearm-related violent crimes in Canada at 59 per cent.

This was the case for both periods analyzed by StatCan, which the federal agency said means handguns are not disproportionately contributing to the overall growth in firearm-related crime.

What has changed, however, is the type of firearm-related violent crimes that police are reporting, namely discharging a firearm with intent, pointing a firearm and use of a firearm in an indictable offence, the report says.

The number of victims of these offences increased from eight per cent of all firearm-related violent crimes in 2009 to 21 per cent in 2019 and 22 per cent in 2020.

The report comes following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas last week, which resulted in the deaths of 19 children and two teachers. The federal government also plans to table new firearms legislation on Monday.

It remains to be seen exactly what will be in the bill, but a number of gun-control measures promised by the Liberals remain outstanding, including the federal government's program to buy back banned firearms.

GAPS IN DATA

Despite the figures, StatCan stresses that there are gaps in its reporting.

"It is important to recognize that there are limitations in our knowledge about firearms used in crime," the report says.

One of these gaps is the limited information collected on the details of particular firearms, such as their exact type, who owned it, how it was stored or whether the owner is licensed, the agency says.

There also is no consistent definition of a shooting among police services in Canada, nor is there consistent criteria to determine whether a shooting actually occurred.

As well, there are gaps in the nature of firearm-related violence in Canada, including the extent to which organized crime is involved, and whether there are any patterns in ethnicity, Indigenous identity except in the case of homicide data, and socioeconomic factors involved.

Provinces also do not require investigators to send guns used in crime for tracing, although even this process has varying success rates, StatCan says.

"Of particular concern, there is currently little information available to determine the source of firearms used in crime: for example, whether a gun used in a crime was stolen, illegally purchased or smuggled into the country," the report says.

"This information is sometimes not recorded by police services, recorded inconsistently or, in some cases, the information is simply not available."

HANDGUNS

The majority of firearm-related violent crime in 2020 was robbery, at 29 per cent, or major assault, at 23 per cent.

Handguns were more commonly used in urban areas, where they made up 63 per cent of firearm-related violent crime in 2020.

Rifles and shotguns, meanwhile, tend to be more commonly used in rural areas, including 46 per cent in the rural south and 39 per cent in the rural north.

In 2020, handguns accounted for 75 per cent of all firearm-related robberies. Handguns were also involved in 60 per cent of homicides, other violations causing death and attempted murder involving a firearm, as well as 54 per cent of firearm-related sexual offences.

Firearm-like weapons such as a pellet gun or flare gun accounted for 23 per cent of all firearm-related violent crime in Canada in 2020.

Police reported 743 homicide victims in Canada in 2020 for a rate of 1.95 per 100,000 people.

Of those, 277 cases involved a firearm for a rate of 0.73 homicides per 100,000 people.

The proportion of homicides involving a firearm rose from 26 per cent in 2013 to 37 per cent in 2020.

Gang activity was confirmed or suspected in 39 per cent of all firearm-related homicides in 2020. Overall, gang-related homicides involving a firearm dropped from 20 per cent of all homicides in 2019 to 14 per cent in 2020.

CITIES WITH THE HIGHEST RATES

The cities with the highest proportions of violent crime where a firearm was present in 2020 were Regina, Brantford, Ont., Toronto, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Windsor, Ont.

While Toronto reported a relatively low rate of firearm-related violent crime, StatCan says it still accounted for a relatively high proportion of all violent crime.

How police report victim information will also affect the results. StatCan says the Toronto Police Service, for example, made improvements to its reporting system, which partly explains the increase seen in the city in 2015.

Rates of firearm-related violent crime in 2020 were higher in rural areas than urban centres in most provinces, which StatCan said might be due to higher rates of firearm ownership in rural communities, where it may be required for hunting or farming.

The 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia, in which 22 people were killed, also had an effect on the homicide rate in the province and nationally.

VICTIMS AND PERPETRATORS

Males accounted for two-thirds of all victims of firearm-related violent crime in 2020.

Most male victims of firearm-related violent crime do not know the perpetrator, at 55 per cent, compared to 41 per cent of female victims.

This is largely the case in urban areas, with victims in rural communities more likely to report knowing the perpetrator.

Among female victims of firearm-related violent crime, a current or former spouse, or other intimate partner, was responsible for one-in-four cases, compared to 2.2 per cent of cases involving male victims.

The majority of firearm-related violent crimes involving a victim are solved, with at least one accused person identified. This is more likely the case in the rural north and south, at 83 and 72 per cent, respectively, compared to 54 per cent in urban areas.

In 2020, 5,955 people were accused of firearm-related crimes. Of those, 87 per cent were male.

Rates of firearm-related violent crime are highest among young men between 18 and 24 years old, with 110 accused per 100,000 people, and those aged 12 to 17, with 75 per 100,000 people.

With files from CTVNews.ca Online Politics Producer Rachel Aiello 

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